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Our Special Valentines – How We Celebrate at Home



Even at home and off the clock, food is love for us at Great Performances. Love Happens Around Food®

Some of our colleagues have shared the food and drink that have become part of their Valentine’s Day traditions.

For more inspiration, check out this menu created by Georgette Farkas!


The gift of time — and a heart-healthy meal

Emilia Sochovka, MS, RDN, CPT, Embrace Wellness

The most precious gift is time. For Valentine’s Day, I plan to make my husband a heart-healthy meal with hummus made from dried chickpeas, which can feel labor intensive but is so worth it. I do not use an exact recipe but here’s the gist. Soak dried chickpeas in a lot of water overnight (expect they will triple in size once cooked). Drain the chickpeas and boil them in fresh water until they are tender, about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the chickpea skins by rubbing them with sturdy paper towels. Blend chickpeas in a food processor with tahini, lemon juice and salt. While blending the ingredients, drizzle in very cold water until the hummus reaches desired consistency. As recommended by chef and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi, don’t skip this step – the cold water transforms the hummus so it’s extra creamy. Taste until it’s just right! Serve hummus with sautéed mushrooms, a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of paprika, plus whole wheat pita and a salad on the side. 

Easy and meaty followed by something sweet

Patrice Marrett, Venue Chef

For loved ones, if I am cooking, I like to make something easy and meaty and something sweet. Ribeye Steak, herb mash potato, with a lovely herb compound butter is easy and to the point. For sweet, I stick to my go-to olive oil cake with a lofty dollop of homemade whip cream and fresh strawberries. And don’t forget the vino!

Valentine’s Day Martini

Tim Berryman, Director of Event Services

I make a Valentine’s Day Martini for my partner – highly recommended!

  • 1oz Vodka
  • 1oz Chambord
  • 1oz Grand Marnier
  • 1oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 dash of bitters (berry if you have them!)

Shake and serve up.

Oysters and Martinis

Lauren Bivona

There’s true romance in a dinner date, on any day of the year. We choose the place, we choose the meal, and we choose the person sitting across the table from us to share it with. There’s incredible intimacy in an experience like that, especially when you’re both enthusiastic about the food. 

On Valentine’s Day, my girlfriend and I always stick with a dinner date that involves things we both love. Thankfully, our food tastes and curiosity to try new things align across the board, otherwise there would be no hope for a relationship (just kidding). We do not have an official yearly tradition, but one example of a perfect meal together definitely includes fresh oysters and some proper martinis. So simple, as many of the best things in life are, and so intensely satisfying when done right. It’s like everything majestic about the ocean, crammed into this tiny delicious bite. Pairing these beauties with a classic cocktail, like a martini, really enhances the experience. And most importantly, sharing a meal like this with somebody who loves it in the same way, is the recipe for a perfect night.