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Romance Not Required: BW's Picks for A Casual (and Tasty) Valentine's Day Out


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You don't have to be in love to share the love on Valentine's Day—in fact, there's a good chance you'll have just as much fun ditching the romance and taking friends out on the town. If a casual Valentine's Day is more to your taste than an upscale dinner (you can find our ideas for dining with your sweetheart here), here are some of our top foodie picks for V-Day week.

Anti-Valentine's Day at Split Rail - Feb. 14, Prices Vary
Split Rail is ditching the typical chocolates in favor of house-made cotton candy, wine and beer this Valentine's Day. The event is BYOF (bring your own food).

Valentine's Day Pairings at Meriwether Cider - Feb. 14, $20 per person
This four-course cider, cheese (The Local) and chocolate pairing (The Chocolat Bar) pairing is available at both of Meriwether's Treasure Valley locations; just choose your preference when you buy your tickets.

Valentine's Day Eat Your Heart Out Bingo at Coiled - Feb. 14, $5-$25 per person
Chef Aaron Wermerskirchen of Juniper is teaming up with Coiled to augment a night of bingo and wine with sandwiches and dessert. Entry costs $5, and you can add a sandwich for $15, or both courses for $20. Claim your spot by Feb. 11 to get in the door.

Western Collective Beer + Chocolate Pairing - Feb. 14, $25 per person
Garden City brewery Western Collective is celebrating its first Valentine's Day with a beer and chocolate pairing in partnership with Emilee's Candees. To add to the fun, Sushi Shack will be on hand for dinner.

Valentine's Sushi Pop-Up at Mad Swede - Friday, Feb. 15, Prices Vary
At this casual affair, you can pair your beers with delicious bites from Genki Takoyaki.

Tasso's Galentine's Brunch Day and Mini Pop-Up Fest - Sunday, Feb. 17, Prices Vary
This local-focused event combines brunch from Tasso with Figgy Bakes desserts, Form & Function coffee, beer, wine, mimosas and vendor pop-ups.

Plus, if you're a wine-drinker, Valentine's Day weekend is packed with a surplus of drop-in options, including wine and chocolate pairings from Vizcaya Winery (Friday-Sunday, Feb. 8-10), a Valentine's Open House at Hells Canyon Winery (Feb. 8-10), Wine and Chocolate Weekend at Huston Vineyards (Feb. 8-10), a Valentine's Bazaar at Indian Creek Winery (Feb. 9 and 10), a BOX Chocolates pop-up at Split Rail Winery (Feb. 9) and a Bread and Circus concert paired with food from B-Town Bistro at Telaya Wine Co.  (Feb. 14). With all of those options, there's no excuse to stay home.