Okay, so February is the month when we all get a little mushy or soft, but it is for good reason…Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I get asked all the time what my favorite times or holidays are to be in the kitchen, and hands down- it is Valentine’s Day! So please sit back and let me tell you why…
Valentine’s Day is a time of love, passion and celebration- and it’s no different in the restaurant. From the delicious dishes to the passionate people who serve them, there’s something special about Valentine’s Day that brings out the best in everyone. I love seeing couples come in with smiles on their faces, excited to share a special evening together. I love watching as each dish is presented with care and thoughtfulness, as if it were made with love itself. And I love seeing the look of joy on people’s faces when they take that first bite of their favorite dish or enjoy sipping a glass of champagne or wine. Valentine’s Day in the restaurant is truly an experience like no other – one full of romance, passion, and most importantly, love!
Most holidays in the restaurant industry, for lack of a term people can understand, are managed via ‘mini-explosions’ where you are bonding with your team over the pressure of plating perfection on the customer’s clock. These are the moments that allow us to serve the customer, but my interaction with them is so limited that I can’t get my fix.
The regulars and the new customers that just want to connect with the kitchen to enhance or complete their experience with us, don’t get the opportunity too because of the high volume and fast pace. I am driven by this, and when I truly need to to “Recharge The Batteries or Fill The Tank”, our customers and regulars keep me doing what I do daily. Please don’t get me wrong, Valentine’s Day is busy as well, but it is different. The mood is lighter and our customer and ambiance is very relaxed. I catch longing looks over our linguini and lobster at every turn. People are smiling, happy, and truly in love with each other and our restaurant.
Valentine’s Day in the restaurant is a special experience that will be remembered for years to come. It’s a day where couples can express their love for one another through delicious food and drinks, surrounded by people who feel the same way about each other, and about our restaurant.
Hugs and Kisses,
-Chef Steve Copolillo, Owner and Operator