There’s perhaps no more hated holiday than Valentine’s Day, which is funny, since it’s supposed to be about love and stuff. But that’s a fair enough reaction, since it tends to strangle the wallet, and worse, gives your more shmoopy friends carte blanche to shmoop it up.
Nevertheless, we’re fond of an excuse to love on stuff, particularly as it relates to East Nashville. So as Valentine’s Day looms, we gathered a collection of love-y local things to do and places to go, including eats, crafts and a chance to relive prom night. The latter of which sounds both interesting and terrifying.
On to it:
Daily through Monday, Feb. 13
Art & Invention Gallery, 1106 Woodland St.
The love you take is equal to the love you make, so it reasons that making a Valentine will earn you a lot more love. If the line was “equal to the love you buy at Kroger on the way home from the office,” we’d be making a different point.
Anyhow, on the making: Art & Invention Gallery is providing an opportunity to make your own cards and/or wooden hearts for Valentine’s Day. (Or, if you’re particularly crafty, to pull something new together with the materials they have on offer.)
Walk-ins may partake in the Valentine crafting by heading down to the gallery today — Wednesday, Feb. 8 — through 8 p.m., Thursday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. or Monday 2 to 6 p.m.
Cost for cards is $6, $8-$10 for a wooden heart. (Which, incidentally, is also the title of a ridiculously good song by local guys The Features. Just saying.)
Thursday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 14
1112 Woodland St.
Wine-embracing Eastside restaurant Rumours East hosts a five-day run of a special Valentine menu: Lovebirds (or just hungry people) can partake Thursday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 12 and on the big day, Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Offerings will include a three-course menu from Hernán Borda for $90 per couple (or a la carte offerings), plus wine pairings for $25. Click below to see what’ll be on the plates.
second: Beet & Brittle Salad, Housemade Lobster Ravioli, Proscuitto Bruschetta
third: Filet Mignon with cheddar potato gratin, broccoli rabe & Port sauce
To reserve a table on any of those nights, call 262-5346.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
The Wild Cow, 1896 Eastland Ave.
The special Valentine’s edition of theBEhive‘s regular benefit buffet meals is set to support Soles 4 Souls’ charity work, and will include a mix of foods meant “for lovers… or haters.”
Included in the menu: slow-roasted root vegetables, pink rice, mashed turnip and cauliflower, tofu alfredo with butternut squash, lots more.
This edition, like other BEhive benefits, will be held at The Wild Cow from 4 to 9 p.m. But there’s special pricing this go-around: The buffet is $12; $15 adds a glass of wine; $5 brings special Valentine’s Day desserts.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
935 W. Eastland Ave.
Holland House is threatening a “stellar” Valentine’s Day menu “full of treats for you and your special someone.” See that photo right there? That’s a nice-lookin’ restaurant. Plus they mention aphrodisiacs, so, y’know. Menu breakdown below:
> frisée, benton’s bacon, whole-grain mostardo, brioche crouton, apple, crème fraiche
> baby spinach, toasted macadamia, chèvre, crispy prosciutto, “caramel-ed” amontillado sherry vin
> roasted cauliflower soup
> chef selection of oysters, raspberry-pink peppercorn mignonette, lemon, candied horseradish
> pork slider “miel sauvage”, red cabbage, cranberry slaw, crispy potato strings, sweet pea puree
> seared sea scallop, fingerling salad, field pea, pancetta, crème d’madiera, raddicio, microgreens
> chocolate-covered strawberry four ways, salted caramel
> profiteroles, chocolate-espresso mousse, white chocolate ganache, toasted almonds
> truffles, dolcetto d’alba
The meal, with cocktail and wine pairings, will run $55 per person, and reservations may be made by calling 615-262-4190. (Don’t plan on rolling in unannounced unless you’re itching for a Valentine bum-out; you’ll need to secure a spot, as they’re apparently already filling up.)
Tuesday, Feb. 14
1888 Eastland Ave.
Curried sweet potato soup, chorizo, spiced pepitas, lime crema
Smoked & grilled sea scallops, pine nut butter, roasted red pepper sauce, kalamata olive puree, micro basil
Roasted beet & butternut squash Napoleon, black pepper mascarpone, parmesan crisp, oregano oil, sherry-honey emulsion
Pan-roasted redfish, dirty couscous, gumbo sauce, three pepper confetti
Duck confit, tagliatelle, crisp shitakes, sage, hazelnuts, orange-Zinfandel butter, pecorino
Herb grilled portobello, goat cheese whipped potatoes, charred brussel sprouts, arugula pesto, candied pecans, yellow pepper vinaigrette
Ice Cream Trio, Thin mint, nutella brittle, honey lavender, butter cookies
Caramel ricotta cheesecake, cashew crust, dark chocolate sauce, white chocolate tuille
Local honey & olive oil pound cake, cinnamon Greek yogurt, cherry-currant port jam
The meal runs $55 per person, and the restaurant will host three seatings, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 915-0757.
Friday, Feb. 17
The 5 Spot, 1006 Forrest Ave.
Strap on the taffeta and the cummerbunds: It’s prom night in East Nashville.
The Tennessee Teens Rock Camp — a volunteer-stocked organization that, as you’d expect, helps Tennessee teens learn to rock — hosts a benefit Valentine’s Day Prom at The 5 Spot, replete with spiked punch, lots of music and a chance to be crowned prom king or queen.
Jason Thomas, Jason Eskridge and Kansas Bible Company will perform, DJs Matt Smith and Chris Doubler will spin, and uber-talented local photog Steve Cross will capture your betuxed or begowned goodness in a photo booth.
If memories of your high school prom make you sigh wistfully, here’s a chance to relive. If those memories make you wince, here’s a chance to reinvent.
The party starts up at 9 p.m., and entrance runs $7 at the door, $4 if you dress up. Folks who volunteer their time at either the Tennessee Teens Rock Camp or Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp get in free. (More info on signing up at the TNTRC site and SGRRC site.)
More: Valentine Prom on Facebook.