By ROB W. ANDERSON
Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants. Couples hit the town to go dancing or see a movie, but usually begin the lover’s holiday with a meal.
Several Tahlequah eateries are planning to offer patrons everything from the usual menu favorites to special dining offerings.
Pasti Italian Grill will be offering a special grilled steak with sautéed shrimp and a mixed vegetable dish on Valentine’s Day, said owner/operator Eddie Rahmani.
“We’ll also be offering a swordfish steak and salmon steak, and they’ll come with the two sides,” he said. “People don’t necessarily need to get a reservation, but they just need to know seating will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.”
Rahmani said the Tahlequah restaurant, 4601 S. Muskogee Ave., has a lunch and dinner schedule.
“Our lunch hours are 11 [a.m.] to 2 [p.m.] and then we open back up at 4 and stay open until 9,” he said.
The Go Ye Village Dining Room, 1201 W. Fourth St., will be preparing prime rib for its Valentine’s Day dinner, which will includes a salad, baked potato, dinner roll and dessert. Go Ye Village Food Service Director Gerry Beres said reservations are required, and the dinner will be held in Richardson Hall beginning at 5 p.m.
“There will be sparkling punch when they arrive, and we’ll have roses for the ladies,” she said. “[Richardson Hall] will be decorated. It’s open to the public, but reservations are required. They can call the Village [at (918) 456-8251], and we’re starting to take reservations now.”
Beres said this is the fifth year Go Ye Village has hosted a Valentine’s Day dinner.
“It’s grown each year. We use to do it in the main dining room, but we’ve needed more room,” she said. “We served 206 people last year.”
Couples wanting to enjoy a celebrated setting on Valentine’s Day can buy a $5 ticket for a chance to win a dinner for six being hosted by the nationally-registered historical Thompson House, said board member Ann Lancaster.
“We’ll have the drawing this Saturday, [Feb. 2], and we’ll notify the winner by phone to give them time to invite their guests,” said Lancaster. “[For decorations,] we’re going to do a valentine’s theme with red, white, crystal, and silver. We’ll serve the dinner in the dining room, and we’ll probably serve hors d’oeuvres in the reception room.”
The menu is being prepared by Tahlequah Chef Chuck Ray, who received his training through the American Culinary Federation apprenticeship program, said Lancaster.
“The menu is to be announced, and tickets can be purchased from Thompson House board members and at the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce,” she said.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to purchase supplies for a painting project at the historic home.
The soda fountain at the Tahlequah Drug Co., 2028 Mahaney Ave., will be offering a reduced-price special on its cinnamon latte to celebrate Valentine’s Day, said TDC administrative assistant Alexis Bird.
“Our little slogan is ‘brew some love with a hot cinnamon latte,’” she said. “We offer food, and we have ice cream, lattes, espresso, coffee, teas. We also have sandwiches and soup. And we recently started serving hot dogs.”
Dessert items include seasonal pies like pumpkin or apple, cakes and brownies, said Bird.
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