If you are still in need of Valentine's Day plans, here are a few interesting options.
* Instead of fighting to get a reservation on Valentine's Day night, Herons restaurant in Cary is offering its Valentine's Day tasting menu with wine pairings all week long.
From Feb. 11-16, diners can enjoy a special meal featuring Rappahannock River oysters, purple yam soup, butter-poached lobster, beef and a milk chocolate custard for dessert. The dinner costs $95. Wine pairings cost an additional $40. To make a reservation, call 919-447-4000.
If diners would like to spend the night at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, home to Herons, the hotel is including chocolate dipped strawberries and a half bottle of sparkling wine with one night reservations from Feb. 8-17. For more information about The Umstead and Herons, go to theumstead.com.
Consider ordering a romantic dinner to enjoy at home.
*The Matthews House, a special event space in Cary, is offering a gourmet meal for two for $100. The meal includes rolls, salad, an appetizer, main course, sides, dessert and a dozen roses. For $25 more, you can take home a bottle of champagne. To reserve your meal, call 919-467-1944.
*Foster's Market in Chapel Hill and Durham is offering a three-course take-out meal for two for $75. The entree options include a ribeye steak, chicken Marsala with wild mushrooms, a vegetarian lasagna or a Maine lobster stuffed with rock shrimp. (The last option costs an additional $25.) To see the complete menu, go to fostersmarket.com/menus/special-menu/. Orders must be placed by Monday. To order in Durham, call 919-489-4114. To order in Chapel Hill, call 919-967-3663.
Or take your sweetie on a food tour.
Taste Carolina is offering a series of dinner, drinks and desserts tours across the Triangle.
There are four possible routes in Raleigh. Those include Piebird, Market Restaurant, Escazu Artisan Chocolates and Tyler's Taproom; Chuck's, Calavera, Sitti and C. Grace; Bida Manda, Sitti, Jibarra and Foundation; and a beer lovers' route: Busy Bee, Raleigh Times Bar and Natty Greene's.
There are two possible routes in Durham. Those include Dos Perros, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Alley 26 and Whiskey; and L'Uva, Tyler's Taproom, Toast and Whiskey.
In Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the route will be Acme, Vimala's Curryblossom Café, TOPO Vodka Distillery.
The tours are from 5-8:30 p.m. and cost $62.50 per person. To register, go to tastecarolina.net or call 919-237-2254.
Consider enjoying a meal inspired by the last one served on the Titanic.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is currently hosting a Titanic exhibit. And the museum's The Daily Planet Cafe is being transformed into the ship's first-class passenger dining room. Diners also be entertained by a performance featuring love story narratives that emerged from the ship.
Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring Titanic-inspired drinks, including the "Iceberg Martini," "Night Sky," and "St. Germaine & Champagne." A three-course dinner will follow. The price is $50 per person plus a pass to see the Titanic exhibit that can be used at a later date.
(Specialty cocktails are NOT included in the ticket price.) To purchase tickets, visit rockytophospitality.com/about/gift-cards.php