With all of the fabulous dining options in Petaluma, it won’t be hard to find a romantic spot for Valentine’s Day. Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, Pongo’s, the Shuckery, Della Fattoria and Seared are among the Petaluma favorites that will offer a special menu on Valentine’s Day, which is Tuesday, for those that might have forgotten.
Although I’m not a big fan of the overblown commercialism that has engulfed Valentine’s Day, I make an exception for special restaurant menus because dining out is an experience, which you’ll remember long after the cards have faded and the bouquets have wilted.
Jamison’s Roaring Donkey pays homage to the seven deadly sins from 4:30-9:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, with a seven-course sensory and interactive cocktail experience. JRD wants to keep the menu somewhat of a surprise, but will be posting hints and teasers to their Facebook and Instagram pages throughout the week. But with descriptions like Margarita Raviolis and Cosmopolitan Popcorn, the flavor and texture combos are sure to please. Tickets are $50 per person and seating is limited and by reservation only, so visit JRD in person or call 415-806-2664 to get your spot.
Pongo’s will have live music with Kevin Durkin and offer specials, including Thai Style Surf & Turf (prawns, lobster and thinly sliced steak marinated in lemongrass and garlic, grilled and served with house salad and steamed jasmine rice) and fresh salmon Panang curry, seared ahi salad with a ginger soy vinaigrette and a ribeye served with Pongo’s famous Jack Daniels whiskey peppercorn sauce. For dessert there is warm lava fudge cake a la mode and warm sweet sticky rice served with coconut ice cream. Pongo’s regular menu will also be available.
Della Fattoria will offer a five-course dinner for $95, starting with apple gelee (with shaved fennel and herb bouquet), served with a glass of bubbly from Gloria Ferrer. Next up is raviolo (of ranch egg yolk and ricotta, chanterelle mushrooms, topped with a brown butter-sage sauce), then seared scallops (with carnaroli risotto and English peas and carrots), followed by filet of beef (with cabernet reduction, blue cheese potato pave and asparagus), before landing at dessert of chocolate mousse cake (with raspberry coulis.) The first seating is at 5:30 p.m. and last seating is at 8:30 p.m.
The Shuckery still has Valentine’s Day reservations available, with part of the proceeds going to benefit Sonoma County’s YWCA Encore Program, a two-year supportive services initiative, aimed at helping victims of domestic violence.
Seared will run a prix fixe menu, starting with soup or salad and ending with either dark chocolate mousse or vanilla bean tres leches, which is one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. Prices are based on which main dish you choose from Surf ‘n Turf, McFarland Spring trout, shrimp and grits, day boat scallops, Liberty Farm duck Confit, butternut squash gnocchi, Flannery beef filet mignon, Akaushi Wagyu hanger steak, Akaushi Wagyu ribeye, and “Prime” prime rib.
Sax’s Joint may not be open for dinner, but the ladies at Sax’s Joint are still getting into the spirit with heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast, along with all their other great breakfast fare.
Valentine’s chocolate and wine
Keller Estates offers a romantic decadent sit-down chocolate and wine pairing experience Feb. 10 to 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sonoma Chocolatiers will bring custom chocolates, designed to compliment Keller’s wines. Tickets are $60 per couple, with discounts for wine club members, and are available at www.kellerestate.com.