A Chocolate-Themed Vegetarian Valentine’s Menu

This afternoon, I finally sat down and constructed my Valentine’s Day meal plan.  I’m kind of ridiculously excited to steal Mel’s idea this year of having a little family candlelit dinner.  I think the kids will be stoked.

There’s a restaurant in DC that structures all of its food around chocolate.  I thought that would be a fun theme this year, so I came up with a little chocolate-inspired vegetarian Valentine’s menu.

No recipes, because these are all experiments.  Experiments that are too nice/time consuming/pricey to test out twice in the same week, so you’ll be getting a full report after the fact.  In the meantime, here’s what I’m planning:

Baked Citrus & Pine Nut Brie with Shaved Chocolate
Spinach/Pear/Cranberry/Pecan Salad with Feta and Chocolate Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette
Pasta di Cacao with Creamy Mushroom & Artichoke Sauce (inspiration)
Roasted Beets with Cacao Nibs
Cocoa Buttermilk Biscuits (inspiration)
Chocolate Lavender Fondue

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