Valentine’s Day Event Guide

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February 14

Experience the ultimate in romance this Valentine’s Day at Tuyo, the crown-jewel restaurant atop Miami Dade College’s new Miami Culinary Institute. With its beautiful views, elegant backdrop and world-class dining, Tuyo is the perfect setting for a memorable evening with your special someone. Renowned Chef Norman Van Aken has prepared an enticing prix fixe menu featuring tantalizing selections of his signature New World cuisine. Valet parking available.

At the rooftop of Miami Culinary Institute
Miami Dade College
415 N.E. Second Ave., Downtown Miami
305-237-3200 (Reservations)


Sunday, February 12 at 5 p.m.

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the Coral Gables Museum will host a romantic evening of piano works by the celebrated Cuban composer, Ernesto Lecuona. Always in My Heart: Lecuona at Twilight will feature Lecuona’s Spanish-inspired pieces performed by renowned pianists Angelica Sganga and Jesus Garcia Ruspoli. A reception on the Museum’s Loggia kicks off the event, followed by a tour of La Florida, an exhibit showcasing antique Spanish maps of Florida from the Age of Exploration. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the Fewell Gallery.

At the rooftop of Miami Culinary Institute
Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables


Sunday – Tuesday, February 12 – 14 at 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of six short plays about flirtation, romance and love – perfectly themed for Valentine’s Day. The plays are produced by Marjorie O’Neill-Butler and directed by O’Neill-Butler along with Stephen Elliot Kaiser and David Michael Sirois. Tickets are available at the door for a donation of $5 to $25 (cash please).

The Sandbox
9816 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores


February 14

This Valentine’s Day discover Lapis, a luxurious retreat designed with your well-being in mind. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, indulge in an oasis that embraces the beauty and energy of its setting to create a transformative experience for body, mind and spirit. For the Romeo or Juliet in your life, give any Bleau Ocean Luxury Treatment or Age-Defying Facial and save 20%. Reserve online.

Lapis Spa
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


Enjoy an intimate evening as romance-inspired cuisine sets the mood with a sumptuous five-course candlelit dinner and glass of Taittinger Champagne. $145 per person; wine pairing at $65 per person. Enhance the experience with a bottle of Taittinger Rosé Champagne accompanying the five-course dinner for $385 per couple. Also available: In-Suite Celebration with a personal celebration cake and bottle of Taittinger Comte de Champagne in the luxurious surroundings and privacy of your suite, priced at $375 per couple. Or the Ultimate Champagne Tasting for Two with The Setai’s Head Sommelier in The Wine Cellar, followed by dinner. For your pleasure Krug Brut, Clos De Mesni 1998 and Krug RoseBrut, Clos d’Ambonnay 1996 will be paired with 4 oz. Caspian Sea Malossol Golden Osetrausd. $4990 per couple.

The Setai
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


February 14

Delicious, fresh seafood is the specialty at Mare Nostrum where a delectable four-course prix-fixe menu is being offered for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Available during regular dinner hours, and priced at $150 (tax and gratuity not included) per couple, dinner includes a bottle of Moet Chandon Champagne. Begin with tapas for two: Blue Point Oysters on ice, Seared Carpaccio and Jump Lump Crab Cake. Next, Seared Tuna in Moroccan Spices with seafood risotto cake. Cleanse your palate with Granizado de Mojito before enjoying a Pan-Fried Duck Breast with sweet potato and passion fruit puree. A decadent Three Tier Chocolate Cake tops off the evening. A la carte menu also available.

Mare Nostrum
1111 S.W. First Avenue, Downtown Miami


February 14 from 7 to 11
FB Kids offers parents the gift of private time just for Valentine’s Day. Ages 4 to 12 can enjoy their own Valentine’s Night Out with dinner and fun camp activities, including decorating a super-sized cookie, making a teddy bear with heartfelt decorations, and watching the movie “Gnomeo & Juliet.” Cost of camp is $50 per child. Babysitting services are available daily with advance reservations for $25 per hour, 4-hour minimum.
*The kids event is open to the public

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-538-2000, ext. 3460 for FB Kids


Tuesday, February 14 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Share a four-course candlelit dinner under the stars overlooking Dolphin Harbor at the Miami Seaquarium. It’s a unique and memorable way to spend Valentine’s Day, and the package comes with a bonus that you and your sweetheart will enjoy throughout the year. The sumptuous four-course dinner package includes two Sea Trek Reef Encounter and Dolphin Odyssey Experience certificates and two passes to visit the park whenever you like through December 31, 2012. The cost of it all is only $398 plus tax (a value of $695), and the certificates are good for a full one year from date of purchase. Space is limited so call today – 305-365-2501 to make a reservation.

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne


Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Spend a romantic evening with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli who will perform in concert at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise. Widely regarded as the most popular Italian and classical singer in the world, Bocelli will win your heart with such favorites as “The Prayer” and “Time to Say Goodbye.” Tickets range upwards from $140, or you can take your chance and buy a raffle to benefit the Children’s Bereavement Center to win one of two pairs of Bocelli tickets with the opportunity to meet the singer in person during intermission. Raffle tickets are $100, and just 100 will be sold.

Bank Atlantic Center
1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
1-800-282-8495 (Tickets)
305-668-4902 Childen’s Bereavement Center


An impressive three-course prix fixe menu awaits all young-at-heart lovers at Bourbon Steak at the legendary Turnberry Isle Miami. Begin with an amuse-bouche of caviar parfait while you browse the extensive choices ranging from an appetizer-sized portion of the restaurant’s signature lobster pot pie in a truffle cream sauce to a 32 oz. wood-grilled porterhouse steak for two, accompanied by a trio of the restaurant’s popular side dishes including the scrumptious truffled mac & cheese. Finish with a banana upside down cake with dark rum, caramel and vanilla ice cream, just one of three decadent dessert options available and an excellent way to conclude a romantic evening dining at the chic restaurant. Cost is $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Valet parking is complimentary.

Bourbon Steak, A Michael Mina Restaurant
Turnberry Isle Miami, 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura


Throughout the month of February

You’ll fall in love with this special valentine’s Day Spa Package offered by Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. You and your special someone will take a Couples’ Private Lesson, a fun and relaxing class where you’ll learn an easy routine to ease your partner’s back, neck, shoulder and scalp tension. Under the guidance of an ESPA therapist, you’ll begin the journey by selecting the aroma oil of your choice before beginning your one hour private lesson, followed by an hour of private time in the Couples Suite, complete with a glass of champagne, a healthy spa Bento lunch for two and chocolate truffles. You’ll go home with a box of ESPA oils. $500 per couple plus 18% gratuity. Plan to arrive at least an hour prior to the lesson to enjoy the exclusive spa facilities.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach


Tuesday, February 14 at 8 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Deering Estate’s 13th annual Moonlight & Music Concert featuring the music of Sarah Packiam and Scott Kirby. Sarah’s style is a blend of acoustic pop, traditional Irish music, a touch of India and sultry vocals. Scott Kirby’s musical style is described as a coastal inspired folk rock. Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as small picnic baskets to enjoy during the romantic outdoor concert. Refreshments and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20, and the gates open at 7 p.m.

Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami
305-235-1668, Ext. 233 Tickets


February 14 from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

A sumptuous four-course Valentine’s Menu will be served at Azul for $120 per person plus tax and gratuity. Choices for each course can be selected. Here is our favorite: Silver and Gold Egg with Caviar; Blood Orange-Brushed Kampachi Ceviche; Black Truffle Risotto with Parmigiano Water; Raspberry Yogurt Cloud Cake with Rose Raspberry Sorbet.

Deering Estate at Cutler
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami


Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy romantic 2 piano music featuring the I’M Piano Duo in concert. The 2008 Dranoff International Two Piano Competition Gold Medal Winners, Irina Silivanova and Maxim Puryzhinskiy, will perform classical and jazz favorites by Arensky, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Piazzolla. Tickets are $35; free for students.

UM Gusman Hall
1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables

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