It’s Not Too Late! Still Lots of Valentine Ideas Part 2

Restaurants are always happy to get into the act on Valentine’s Day. On a day that can be known as “deuce hell” (as in nothing but tables for two), some owners are looking to offer things you can do as a group, or heck, even do alone.

Amarelle Restaurant in Wading River is offering private cooking class on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chef/owner Lia Fallon, sous chef  Martial Boffy and pastry chef Kelly Donlon will show you how to create a  menu using techniques and style that make Amarelle distinct. The class costs $150 and includes a four-course lunch with wine pairings that will start immediately after class at 2 p.m. A guest can join you for the lunch for an additional $75. Call the restaurant to sign up, (631) 886-2242

At Kyle’s on Shelter Island a four-course dinner with paired sparkling wine will be served on Saturday night, with yours truly guiding the wine tasting.

First Course Hoisin seared bay scallops/ Bouké Perlant 2009

Second Course Truffle parmesan risotto/Lieb Blanc de Blanc 2007

Third Course Roasted duck breast with Port wine cherry jus over local greens/ Sparkling Pointe Brut Seduction 2001

Fourth Course Chocolate mousse profiteroles with hazelnut whipped cream/Lenz Blanc de Noir 2005

There will be two seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. $65 per person. RSVP at 631-749-0579