Spicing up dinner and a movie for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to dating, dinner and a movie is the standard. It’s a potentially mundane recipe, unless, of course, you pair a truly delectable dinner and a fabulous film. With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, Salt News offers some suggestions to transform your meat-and-potatoes date into, say, braised boneless beef shortrib with potato-quince gratin and truffled consommé.

For Valentine’s Day dinner, all three Sel de la Terre locations have lovely prix fixe menus prepared. On Saturday the 13th, Natick will offer four courses for $55 and on Sunday the 14th Long Wharf and Back Bay will offer five courses for $78 and six courses for $85, respectively. Salt News is particularly excited for the fish course at Back Bay, for which Chef de Cuisine Louis DiBicarri will prepare a silky Georges Bank diver scallop with crayfish ravioli, rich uni butter, and tender pea shoots.

After your meal, check out one of the four films below. Each blends food and romance—perfect for post-dinner spooning!

Chocolat
Described as a “sinfully scrumptious bonbon” by Rolling Stone, Chocolat features a beautiful, mysterious chocolatier and her young daughter, who together open a chocolaterie in a morally rigid 1950s French village. The chocolatier embarks on a hungry romance with a drifter musician and slowly liberates the village with her ambrosial confections.

Lady and the Tramp
This 1955 animated canine love story features the often-parodied but oh-so adorable spaghetti kiss.

Like Water for Chocolate (in Spanish with subtitles)
Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate is about Tita, a young woman bound by tradition to care for her mother. To express her forbidden love for her sister’s husband, Tita prepares evocative dishes like quail in rose petal sauce. It’s the perfect blend of desire and the culinary arts, peppered magical realism.

Delicatessen (in French with subtitles)
If your sweetie likes dark comedy, check out this film which revolves around a butcher shop in post-apocalyptic France. Cinematically distinctive and deliciously strange, the film features romance, cannibalism, tea parties, and underground revolutionaries who proselytize vegetarianism.

Make your reservations and update your Netflix queue today!

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~ by saltnews on January 27, 2010.

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