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Table Talk: February 11–17

This week: Valentine's Day and Galentine's Day events in Springfield, Queen City Soda & Sweets closes, new cocktails at Cherry Picker Package + Fare and more foodie news.

By Claire Porter

Feb 11 2020 at 10 a.m.

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Feed the Flame

Single, it’s complicated, cuffed, doin’ your own thang—whatever your relationship status this week, take a little time to tell someone you love them, and tell your tummy, too, while you’re at it. This week is full of events for lovebirds, and we’ve gathered all the foodie-focused ones here because, as we know, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. For even more Cupid-approved activities this week, check out our V-Day event roundup. Whatever you choose to do, book your plans soon—reservations are filling up quickly. 

Dinner Specials and Prix Fixe Menus

Want to sit down for a meal and stare into that special someone’s eyes? You’re in luck. Restaurants and bars around 417-land are offering Valentine’s Day special menus and full dinners to foster a romantic mood. 

Archie’s Italian Eatery

Dine Italian style on Friday with two entrees, drinks and desserts for $50 per couple. 

Aviary Café

The creperie is offering a three-course dinner plus drinks for $60 per couple. 

Catrina’s Cantina

Check out the new kid on the block with a three-course Mexican meal for $80 per couple. 

Cellar + Plate

The wine bar is offering a full four-course dinner menu with wine pairings for $100 per couple.  

Devil’s Pool Restaurant

Taste your way through a three-course meal for $69 per person, or order from the regular menu. 

Dawt Mill

The special Chef’s Table event includes a three-course meal for $50 per person with the option to add on a room. Liquor not included. 

Kai After Dark 

Valentine's Day sushi rolls, drink specials and even a fixed menu are available at Kai on Friday. 

Lost Signal Brewing Co.

The brewery is hosting its third annual Valentine’s Day dinner on Thursday with three courses and beer pairings for $45 per person. 

MaMa Jean’s Natural Market

Pre-empt your V-Day plans with a fully vegan four-course meal. My Vegan Valentine is on Thursday, includes cocktails and costs $28 per person. 

The Order

Hotel Vandivort’s resident restaurant is offering a four-course dinner for $75 per person. Add wine pairings for an additional $50. 

Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock

The restaurant transforms into a Valentine’s Day destination with its Romance Dinner Package for $85 per person. 

Progress

Live music, a special three-course menu plus a few surprises await at Progress’s Valentine’s Day Dinner for $65 per person. 

Pythian Castle

Swing and sway at Pythian Castle’s Valentine’s Day dinner and slow dance lesson for $40 per person. 

Reverie

Feeling in a party mood? Reverie hosts a masquerade ball with a DJ and special cocktails. No cover. 

Relics Event Center

Springfield Reunion Club hosts a dinner and dance with a cash bar and DJ for $20 per person. 

Tea Bar & Bites

Tea Bar’s special Aphrodite’s Feast dinner is a five-course experience for $48 per person. 

Vino Cellars

The wine destination hosts a four-course meal with wine pairings for $45 per person. 

Whiskey Tango

Skip the meal and go straight to dessert with Whiskey Tango’s specialty Valentine’s cocktails, each with a cookie pairing. 

Weeklong Celebrations

Make the heart eye emojis last through the week at Valentine’s Day events that are available more than just Friday. 

Askinosie Chocolate

The C-Street chocolatier is offering a coffee pairing class, tours, special treats and more throughout the week. 

Café Cusco

Check out dinner specials (with vegan options) in addition to the full menu on Friday and Saturday. 

Finley Farms

Spend your Saturday at a seven-course dinner prepared by chef Anna Davis. Dinner includes wine pairings and is $120 per person. 

Finn’s

The Joplin eatery is offering a five-course meal for $99.99 per couple Thursday and Friday. 

Fire & Ice Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy a four-course dinner Thursday through Saturday for $90 per couple. 

Greek Belly

Go for Mediterranean flavors with Greek Belly’s five-course menu on Friday and Saturday for $72 per couple. Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free substitutions available. 

Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks

Spend your Saturday sipping afternoon tea for $40 per person or $20 per child. Includes sandwiches, breads, sweets and tea. 

Lavish Grazing

Head to Great Escape for a charcuterie-building experience (with NoBaked Cookie Dough) featuring live music. Available Friday and Saturday for $120 per couple or $60 per person. 

Level 2 Steakhouse

Level 2’s special Valentine’s Day menu is $160 per couple and available Friday and Saturday. 

Margot

C-Street’s newest arrival offers a three- or five-course menu for $40 or $50 per person, respectively. 

Queen City Wine Dive

A three-course menu is available Friday and Saturday with à la carte options available at the bar Friday. Full menu available Saturday. 

Galentine’s Celebrations

Let loose with the ladies on Galentine’s day (the day before Valentine’s Day) with Leslie Knope–approved events for you and your beautiful tropical sunfish friends. 

Brown Derby International Wine Center

Go all out with wine and charcuterie specials plus a spritzer bar at Brown Derby. 

Cellar + Plate

Prepare to be pampered at Cellar + Plate’s Galentine’s, which includes cocktails, wine, cheese boards and pedicures for $40 per person. 

Tea Bar & Bites

The Rountree eatery offers tea for the gals, wine discounts, desserts and mimosas on Thursday. 

Culture Flock

Head to Galloway for a ’90s Heartthrob Party with a pop-up cookie shop from The Rolling Pin, build-a-bouquet, rose and more—all for free. 


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A Bittersweet Goodbye

Downtown’s sweet shop Queen City Soda & Sweets has closed its doors for the time being as the shop transitions to new ownership. Owner Robert Sands has sold his interest in the store, and the store plans to reopen soon. 

I’ll Drink to That

Tulsa-based Inner Circle Vodka Bar is prepping the arrival of its new location on Walnut Street for the beginning of next month, but you can get a sneak peek Saturday, February 29. For Table Talk readers wanting to attend, you can get $10 off by using discount code “tabletalk” when purchasing tickets online

New Menu Alert!

Feeling tired of the same old same old? A few local eateries are switching things up with new menus. Check out new brunch items at The Hepcat, including meat-free options like a vegan scramble with chickpea tofu. Over at Cherry Picker Package + Fare, an entirely new cocktail menu has rolled out, including the Cozy Chair, with Coffee Ethic cold brew, Genepy les Chamois, Fernet Branca, cream, Date Lady syrup, chocolate bitters and cinnamon. 

Join the Club

If you’re feeling fatigued after a week of Valentine’s Day festivities, head to Cellar + Plate on Saturday. The wine bar is now owned by Johnson Tan and Shawn Kraft, and this weekend they’re debuting their updated wine club program, which gets you discounts at the wine bar, two bottles a month and a monthly wine tasting social. 

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