Your Date Nights don’t have to put undue pressure on your wallet.
We have found many ways to enjoy an economical evening out, just by utilizing some on-line discounts, specifically the ones we found at restaurant.com.
They call themselves the “Community Matchmaker”; offering new ways to pair you with a new dining experience.
Restaurant.com has discounted gift certificates to the restaurants you are already familiar with, as well as new, local establishments you have yet to try.
Just within 15 miles of our downtown Chicago home, there are 322 participating restaurants and bars. The number is always growing and this is actually a nationwide service. Most importantly, if we want to walk to a neighborhood eatery for a bite, we can get on our computer, pick a location and print out a coupon offering us as much as 80% off of our meal.
- May be used only Sunday through Thursday evenings.
- Minimum $35 purchase.
- 18% gratuity required.
- Parties of (4) or more – Obviously… this makes it a “Double Date Night”
Seriously, you can enjoy a $50 meal for as little as $20 and you can trust the service: they’ve been doing this for 10 years!
The Chopping Block has a four yummy couples cooking classes lined up this Spring:
Couples Cooking: Middle East Feast
We all know that genies and flying carpets are just make believe… Come experience the real magic that is the Middle Eastern kitchen.
Persian Beef Kebabs with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Relish; Fesenjan (Chicken Braised in a Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce); Saffron Basmati Rice; Baklava Pastries.
Couples Cooking: Paris in the Spring
Ooh la la! Enjoy a night out preparing elegant and romantic French cuisine.
Caramelized Onion and Fennel Tart; Soupe au Pistou; Seared Tuna Steak with Zesty Tapenade; Quick Strawberry Napoleon.
Date Night: Havana Nights
It will be a hot tropical night in our kitchen as we cook up some rich Cuban cuisine. Even Fidel never ate so well!
Ropa Vieja (Flank Steak Braised in Tomato Sauce); Yellow Rice with Pigeon Peas; Platanos Maduros (Fried Plantains); Cuban Flan.
Date Night: Mangia!
Enjoy a fun night out while preparing and feasting on the goodness of Italian food.
Grilled Mushroom and Radicchio Salad with Balsamic Truffle Vinaigrette; Italian Wedding Soup; Linguine al Vongole (Clam Sauce); Fresh Ricotta and Chocolate Filled Cannoli.
Classes are $75 per person.
Delish has this wonderful meal suggestion for a Date Night:
When the occasion calls for a romantic, unforgettable meal, go for a delicious dinner of delicate Frisée Salad with Bacon-Shallot Vinaigrette, our tasty Filet Mignon with Shallot-Red Wine, and boldly flavored Cappuccino Soufflé for Two. And don’t forget to pair it with the perfect wine.
We really enjoyed this, the peppery goodness of the frisée (curly endive) with the poached egg is a great start to this meal, just watch out for runny yoke mess.
The filet is straight forward, but please, let those steaks rest properly before cutting!
Depending on your date-night goals, you might want to skip the pungent garlic on the frites and go with a truffle oil or just sea salt.