There are dozens of reasons why you and your sweetheart might prefer to stay in for a night of togetherness and romance from the racy to the practical, but if you'd prefer to spend your Valentine's Day in the kitchen as little as possible, there are dozens of restaurants and catering outfits in Vancouver at the ready with delicious take-out options.
But if cooking is your love language, fret not: You and your Valentine can sign up for a Zoom cooking course from one of the city's top caterers, if that's more your jam.
From decadent catered spreads to casual (and playful) bites like fried chicken "bouquets" and heart-shaped pizzas to meal kits aimed at making your brunch or dinner a breeze, here are some of the best Valentine's Day take-out options available right now in Vancouver.
Special V-Day eats
Juke is sharing the love this Valentine’s Day with the return of its fan-favourite ‘Let’s Cluck’ Fried Chicken Bouquets available exclusively for pickup on Monday, Feb. 14. Each bouquet swaps out the been-there, done-that Valentine’s Day floral arrangement in favour of eight crispy, juicy pieces of Juke’s fried chicken in decorative wrap for $31 plus tax.
Not to be outdone is Juke's plant-based sibling, Beetbox, which is bringing back last year's sold-out vegan- and vegetarian-friendly Fried Chick-Un Finger Bouquets, available for pickup from Saturday, Feb. 12 until Monday, Feb. 14. Each Beetbox CLB (Certified Lover Bouquet) includes a dozen of Beetbox’s popular Fried Chick-Un Fingers (made from breaded and fried seitan) accompanied with housemade Maple Mustard Dip packaged in decorative Valentine’s Day wrap for $25 plus tax per bouquet.
Also in on the fried chicken floral action is Win Win Chick-N. From Feb. 5 to 14, the chicken spot's Valentine's Day Bouquet Set will be available for both online pre-order and phone reservations. The Set comes with 12 pieces of fried chicken drumsticks and a personal ube cake. The Bouquet Set will be available for pick up in both Richmond and Vancouver.
Say I love you with heart-shaped pizza from Vancouver's Pizzeria Farina | Pizzeria Farina/Facebook
Tell someone you love them with heart-shaped pizzas from Pizzeria Farina and Farina a Legna this Valentine’s Day. Both locations will be offering their popular Valentine's edition Margherita pizzas for $18, available for dine-in or takeout for one-day-only until the dough runs out. Receive $5 off your order when you order a bottle of the pizza spot's feature Lambrusco with your pizza at Pizzeria Farina in Vancouver.
Meal kits, take-out feasts, and catering to enjoy at home
Take the Tojo's experience home with a luxe menu made for two. Menu highlights include a Sukiyaki bowl of premium melt-in-your-mouth Miyazaki Wagyu; a seafood Nimono brimming with scallop, lobster and flounder in dashi broth; and a selection of B.C. and Japanese sushi. View the menu here.
Valentine's Day Brunch Kits from local a.m. eats legend Cafe Medina will get the celebration off to a sweet start for you and your love. Feast on a signature Medina heat-and-serve dish like their fricassé, plus their famous Liege waffles, with brunch necessities like coffee, mimosa fixings, and chocolate treats. Add-ons include flowers and Beta5 chocolates. Pick up on Feb. 11 or 12, or limited delivery available on Feb.11.
Heat things up with the Valentine’s Day Chef’s Tasting Menu from Kitsilano's legendary Maenam. Available February 11 - 14, Valentine’s to-go dinner sets include soup, salad, curry, stir-fry and dessert, with omnivore, pescatarian, and vegetarian options, and are priced at $130 (feeds two to three people).
Railtown Catering's five-course menu comes completely ready to eat. Menu highlights include a Duck Consommé with foie gras ravioli, Jerusalem artichoke and black winter truffles; Warm Lobster Salad with classic Thermidor garnish; and a heart-shaped Strawberry & Rose Saint Honore blushes with Valentine's colours and promises to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Plenty of add-ons are available. The full menu can be viewed here.
Dive into romance courtesy Vancouver's Fresh Ideas Start Here (FISH), which is making this Valentine’s Day one to remember with an indulgent selection of local seafood, house made accompaniments, and luxe ingredients. Highlights include a Chilled Seafood Platter, Breakfast in Bed Kit, and Shellfishly in Love Kit. All items are now available for pre-orders online for delivery and pick-up from Feb. 11 to 14.
If you and your sweetheart like to cook together, Cocktails & Canapes has a fun Valentine's Day cooking class you can enjoy virtually, with all the ingredients included | Photo courtesy Cocktails & Canapes
Chef Jason Harper of Cocktails and Canapés will host a fun live Valentine's Day cooking class with Zoom sessions on Feb. 12 and 14. Pre-order your ingredient box, which includes wine for $210 (Rose Gin Sour cocktail kit available as an add-on) and get cooking. Your ingredient kit will be delivered between noon and 5 p.m. the day of your class, and it includes charcuterie for nibbling, everything you need to make a delicious risotto, and a sweet chocolately dessert. Book online. Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hd7s3mgr46iq1gt/AADwBBK8Dq5Y1K6-ZATGoKV3a?dl=0
Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with The Lazy Gourmet’s trio of limited-edition Love Day Dinner Kits. Available for delivery or pick-up at 1545 West 3rd Avenue, guests can choose from a special Grazing Box, three-course meal with Prosecco, or a virtual cooking class complete with wine and flowers. There are also a variety of sweet and savoury add-on options.
Chef Jasmin Porcic of Edge Catering has put together some beautiful menu plans together (starters, main courses, decadent desserts and little extra somethings) for you to choose from. Add a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of B.C. wine for a one-stop Valentine's Day shop. View all the menu options here.