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Dine Local for Valentine’s Dinner

The farm to table movement is a hot trend in the culinary world, and for good reason! Using ingredients that are available locally is a great way for restaurants to support local farmers and give their guests a closer connection to their food. This movement has restaurants thinking about their carbon footprint, the sustainability of their ingredients and how to make use of ingredients in their entirety, thus reducing food waste.

While dining on locally-sourced cuisine is always a treat, why not enhance your Valentine’s plans with a special date night out? These seasonally-centric chefs bring their craft and their creativity to you in a small, intimate setting – perfect for a romantic meal.


Photo Source: www.sixthirtynine.com

Sixthirtynine boasts a stunning menu that is tailored to the season’s flavours. A VQA-focussed wine list and a variety of craft and seasonal beers brings a local-focus to every aspect of your experience. For an exclusive look, the chef’s table offers front row seats to the kitchen and is available for two to four guests. Book ahead to request a decadent tasting menu with wine pairings.

Love Local Food recommendation: To start, dry aged beef tar-tar is a treat unlike you’ve had before, followed by their succulent roasted duck breast with smoked beets.

View the sixthirtynine winter menu and plan ahead for your tasty evening.


Photo Source: www.urbanpantry.ca

Urban Pantry is a contemporary farm to table restaurant that features globally influenced flavours made with locally sourced ingredients. Their all scratch made menu changes seasonally with new offerings featuring local meats and produce. If you’re looking for something sweet, their Sweet Shop has cake pops, cheesecakes, butter tarts, cookies and more, with dessert offerings changing daily.

Love Local Food recommendation: When was the last time you ate rabbit? Time to try these slow braised rabbit croquettes. Date night calls for a delicious juicy steak, and you can’t beat Urban Pantry’s steak frites, made with Certified Angus Beef.

Excite yourself and your senses with Urban Pantry’s full menu.


Photo Source: www.lagoportdover.ca

Lago offers mouthwatering Italian fare made with local, seasonal ingredients, including house-made pasta, cheese, sauces and gelato! Nestled along the sandy beaches of Port Dover, Lake Erie Perch and Pickerel are a mainstay on the menu, along with Norfolk county meats and produce. On tap, Norfolk wineries and breweries are featured prominently, alongside select VQA wines and Ontario craft beers.

Love Local Food recommendation: Start the evening with local YU Ranch carpaccio, followed by in-season beet and ricotta gnocchi, finished off with a classic, tiramisu.

Lago gives wonderful date night options! Take a look at their Love Day Menu.


If you and your sweetie prefer to stay in, our Red Peppercorn Lamb Salad is an impressive meal that won’t take all night to prepare. The drool-worthy flavours of Ontario lamb make this a delicious special-occasion dish, and one that won’t easily be forgotten.

Give our recommendations a try, or find a new favourite. Tweet us @lovelocalfoodca, or share your night out on Instagram with the hashtag #LoveLocalFood.

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