Valentine's Day Doesn't Have to be For Losers

Personally, we have always found Valentine's Day to be incredibly uncool, especially for couples. It's far too embarrassing to go out to a special dinner on February 14, and you have to hide indoors. But Savoy, master of the special menu, has put together an oyster dinner, and, geniuses that they are, it takes place all week, so no one has to know you're in love. We will just have to excuse them for naming the event "An Evening of Aphrodisiacs," and for quoting What the World Needs Now is Love, which is nearly inexcusable. Full details, including the oyster taste-off, below.

An Evening of Aphrodisiacs

Monday, February 11, 2008 Oyster Dinner with Jon Rowley Starts Valentine’s Week

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

On Monday, February 11, 2008, we’re hosting an oyster taste-off of both east and west coast varieties, paired with crisp white wines to swirl and slurp. Jon Rowley will lead a comparative tasting and guests will determine the most inspiring duo. Then, the evening continues with a three course dinner to celebrate the magic of the perfect pair, oysters and white wine. The rest of the week we will feature the star couple from the tasting, and of course a romantic four course prix fixe dinner on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Rowley was recently named on Saveur Magazine’s “100” list for tastemakers and food world shakers of 2008. Based in Seattle, his passion for the past three decades has been sourcing the best seafood and spreading the word about new products, such as Olympia oysters and Copper River salmon. His fish tales are sure to make for a fun and informative meal.

Menu The Oyster Bed Tasting eight varieties and three paired wines

Salsify and Oyster Mushroom Salad

Oyster Chowder

Chocolate and Fig Torte

Oyster Dinner with Jon Rowley, February 11 $95 per person plus tax and gratuity Seating is communal and reserved on a pre-paid basis. Tasting begins at 6:30 PM, Dinner to follow.

70 Prince Street at Crosby, Soho For reservations please call Savoy: (212) 219-8570

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