The foodie’s guide to Valentine’s Day 2020 in Northern Virginia

Whether you’re looking for the classic romantic dinner that requires a reservation, or want to shake date night up with a cooking class, check out this handy list of 10 love-filled meals.

lobster ravioli shaped like red hearts
Hank’s Oyster Bar’s heart-shaped lobster ravioli (Photo courtesy of Hank’s Oyster Bar)

Love the food you’re with. Below, find 10 fun Valentine’s Day date ideas perfect for couples who love great meals as much as they love each other.

Cookology Culinary School
Dates and times vary
Celebrate Valentine’s Day throughout the month with your partner, kids or a group of friends at Cookology Culinary School. Its two locations (Dulles Town Center and Ballston Quarter) are hosting love-themed cooking classes in February. These include cooking classes featuring heart-shaped lobster ravioli, a classic Italian meal paired with wine, a special Galentine’s Night wine and food pairing, brunch, heart-shaped pizza and more. Click here to see the full list of events. // Ballston Quarter: 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; Dulles Town Center: 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Sterling; class prices vary

Occoquan Chocolate Walk
Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Indulge in the season of love a little early in Occoquan. The town is hosting is annual Chocolate Walk with Valentine’s Day-themed chocolate tastings, shopping and a giveaway for a $500 Occoquan Merchants Guild shopping spree. // Town of Occoquan: 314 Mill St., Occoquan; free

Love the Wine You’re With – Valentine Wine Party
Saturday, Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m.
Snack on chocolates and cheeses as you sip on glasses of wine at Screwtop Wine Bar’s Valentine’s Day wine tasting. It’s the perfect lead-up to the holiday of love. // Screwtop Wine Bar: 1025 N. Filmore St., Arlington; $59.99

Beginner Cookie Decorating Class – Valentine’s Day
Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m.
Learn how to make royal icing, color it and decorate sugar cookies in this step-by-step beginner class. You’ll create six Valentine’s Day cookies and will be able to take them home with you, just be sure to bring a container to the class. // Love Bug Home Studio: 683 Springhouse Square, Leesburg; $65

Aroma Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing
Thursday, Feb. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Meet Aroma Wine Tasting Room’s winemaker and enjoy a flight of six wines, paired with appetizers prepared by Pampa’s Fox Catering. The winery encourages both couples and groups of friends to attend, but parents are advised to leave the kids at home. // Aroma Wine Tasting Room: 9249 Center St., Manassas; $50

Hank’s Oyster Bar
Friday, Feb. 14-Sunday, Feb. 16
Love is in the air … and in the sea at Hank’s Oyster Bar. As well as its famous oysters on the half shell, Hank’s Valentine’s Day menu will include a heart-shaped lobster ravioli special. Pair it win a glass of wine or a cocktail from the bar. // 1026 King St., Alexandria; menu prices vary

Patsy’s American
Friday, Feb. 14
Patsy’s American is offering a one-time-only special for Valentine’s Day. Diners can feast on the wood-grilled filet mignon with crispy tempura fried lobster tail, with a mustard dipping sauce and au jus. End the meal with the chocolate mousse cake for dessert, featuring a touch of espresso, a vanilla wafer crust and handwhipped cream. // 8051 Leesburg Pike, Vienna; menu prices vary

Leesburg – Valentine’s Day Cookie Deco
Saturday, Feb. 15, 4-6 p.m.
Mayra Garcia from celebrateMe! Will be hosting this cookie decorating class, where she’ll teach the group how to make the perfect royal icing consistency to fill and outline Valentine’s Day cookies. Each participant will receive 10 pre-baked cookies to decorate, and designs include hearts, flowers, cupcakes and teddy bears. // Chefscape: 1602 Village Market Blvd. SE, Suite 120, Leesburg; $90

Valentine’s Beer & Donut Pairing
Saturday, Feb. 15, 6-9 p.m.
Brew Republic Bierwerks will be hosting its fourth annual Valentine’s Day Beer & Donut Pairing with doughnuts from Duck Donuts. The brewers will pair each treat with a beer, and participants will get the chance to drink a flight of six beers with a flight of six mini doughnuts. // Brew Republic Bierwerks: 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge; $21.99-$87.96

Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner at Bristow Manor
Saturday, Feb. 15, 6-9:30 p.m.
Head to Bristow Manor Golf Club and enjoy a Valentine’s Day meal at its elegant manor house. The intimate dinner includes four courses, featuring dishes like white wine poached lobster tail, panna cotta with raspberry compote and more. // Bristow Manor Golf Club: 11507 Valley View Drive, Bristow; $48

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