A Romantic Valentine’s Dinner In Juniper
Washington, D.C., January 29, 2014
Chef Ian Bens is creating a five-course Valentine’s dinner for the romantic at heart in Juniper Restaurant, February 14, 15 and 16th from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Chef Bens locally sources Mid-Atlantic fare with love and devotion celebrating regional and seasonal ingredients.
Start with the Cape May Oyster – yellow fin tuna, California caviar and XO sauce - a little surprise amuse bouche seasoned with a mushroom called Cordyceps- highly sought after in Asia for its aphrodisiac properties.
The second course, lobster salad, passion fruit vinaigrette, pickled vegetables posy salad – fresh lobster, mixed with citrus and ginger and is served as a salad. Most seafood is considered aphrodisiacs, as is ginger, owing to its warming properties. Posies are small bouquets of flowers. An intermezzo of frozen love potion number 9, made from nine ingredients and guaranteed to enhance a romantic mood, is also created with love and devotion by Chef Bens.
The main course, date and pecan crusted loin of venison, mustard seed spatzle, crushed juniper berry sauce – is natural, farm raised red deer. Red meat, especially venison, was thought to be an aphrodisiac in Europe for centuries. Spatzle is a type of fresh noodle of Swiss or German origin. Mustard seeds are prized in Europe for their warming properties and Juniper berries are stimulating and antibacterial.
Save room for Pastry Chef Rebecca Clerget’s chocolate love tub. Couples will love dipping strawberries, peanut butter gaufrettes, rice crispy treats, raspberry macaroons and other yummy treats into this miniature bath tub filled with warm Valrhona Chocolate. A miniature rubber ducky perched on the tub is made of marzipan. Utensils are not provided – feeding one another is recommended.
Juniper’s Valentine’s dinner is $75 per person, and $110 per person with wine pairings. For reservations, please call 202-457-5020. Located at 2401 M Street, NW, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is convenient to the finest museums, theaters (including the Kennedy Center), shopping and dining. Close to two metro stations, it is five miles from Reagan National Airport and 33 miles from Dulles International Airport. At 415 rooms and luxury suites, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown offers a wealth of facilities while maintaining an air of tranquility insured through the design of intimate spaces, plenty of natural daylight, and a cascade of plants both inside and out.
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