14 Things to Help You Tolerate Valentine’s Day

By Grace Sell


Whether single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated” – we were all struck by Cupid’s arrow the moment we tasted our first heartbreakingly-good craft beer. Here at The Growler, we may not be the most romantic kids on the block, but we do know love when we see it – just like we know a good beer when we taste it. So love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we have put together a list of 14 dinners, gifts, beers, performances to help you tolerate the week. Many of the events include beer, but not all.

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1.) Chowgirl’s 4th Annual Locavore Love Affair

LocavoreLoveAffairChowgirls Killer Catering is opening the doors to their Parlor in Northeast Minneapolis and inviting you and your Valentine in for their Locavore Love Affair prix-fixe four course dinner. Made with locally available, organic, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients.

Start out the night with appetizers, which include a shot of velvety butternut squash bisque followed by a delicate Massachusetts sea scallop with sour cherries and fried shallot atop a parsnip puree. The salad course will be a kale chiffonade studded with blood orange and toasted almonds in a citrus-white balsamic vinaigrette. For entrees, guests can choose between Grassfed Osso Bucco — a marrow-filled bone-in beef shank served with a red-wine demi glace sauce, or Arctic Char — a firm yet delicate, grilled cold-water fish served with a Pernod Buerre Blanc. Vegetarians can opt for a torte of seasonal vegetable and Servecchio Parmesan. All entrees will be served with organic creamy grits and roasted seasonal vegetables. For dessert, diners will be treated with an individual Meyer lemon pie and two perfect Rare Rose honey bon-bons.

Speaking of Mademoiselle Miel. . .

2.) Saint Paul Made Honey Bon-bons from Mademoiselle Miel


Legend has it that Cupid dipped his arrows in honey before aiming them at unsuspecting lovers. This Valentine’s Day, give your sweetheart one of Mademoiselle Miel’s Valentine’s Day honey bon-bons. The collection includes three flavors; The Classic Rooftop, Rare Rose, and Lemon Zest, all made of 100% Italian chocolate. Each bon-bon is intentionally made in St. Paul with an array of pure rose or lemon oils and local honey.

Don’t just give your honey a box of chocolates from the grocery store. Purchase your chocolates online or directly from Mademoiselle Miel’s Honey Kitchen & Showroom in St. Paul at 342 Kellogg Boulevard West from 3 pm to 9 pm on Friday’s. Or these following locations wher Mademoiselle Miel’s sweets are sold: Surdyk’s, Heartland Market, The Walker Art Center Shop, Sugar Sugar, Minnesota Honey Company and Golden Fig.

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Animal Allies’ Valentino

3.) Support the Animal Humane Society by Eating Dessert

Give the animals a little lovin’ by ordering one of Pizza Luce’s delicious desserts this Valentine’s. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Twin Cities’ Animal Humane Society and Duluth’s Animal Allies. This just in, you have a new Valentine! His name is Valentino and he’s the most handsome  mastiff-mix you’ve ever seen. This loverboy enjoys long walks on the beach and giving you lots of kisses. He’s available for adoption in Duluth at Animal Allies, so what are you waiting for?

Have your cake and eat it too by ordering a dessert at any of Pizza Luce’s seven locations. Don’t plan on getting off the couch this Valentine’s? Don’t worry. They deliver.

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