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Cuisine en Locale hosting family friendly Valentine's Day in Somerville

Posted by Samantha Laine  February 12, 2014 04:26 PM

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Cuisine en Locale, a locavore chef and catering company, will be hosting its first ONCE Upon a Valentine dinner and dance party in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The event invites singles, families, and couples of all ages to enjoy a romantic feast made completely with locally sourced ingredients before dancing the night away at Anthony’s on Highland Avenue.

JJ Gonson, the founder of Cuisine en Locale, said this is the first time the group will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in this fashion. She said Cuisine en Locale is now officially settled into their new location, and this is a way to share their love and home with the community around them.

“We’ve been sort of in a soft launch until now,” Gonson said. “This is the first time we’re open completely under our own licenses. We are now fully part of this community . . . and we’re excited about becoming part of this still small but growing neighborhood. This event is very much an offering to our neighbors.”

ONCE Upon a Valentine is intended for all ages. Adults can choose from a variety of “fancy grown-up dinners” such as filet mignon, lobster, or a vegan option while children choose between baked chicken and macaroni and cheese. All meal choices include a selection of local cheeses with accompaniments and end in flourless Taza Chocolate cake with mascarpone ice cream and maple cookie hearts.

Gonson said that in trying to decide the best way to approach Valentine’s Day, she realized there are many events targeted for singles and couples, but that few events are suited for the entire family. This event, which includes a variety of meals to satisfy any age, also gives families a chance to interact in a special way that is affordable. Adult dinners run from $30 to $50 while children’s meals are $15.

“I’m a mom, so I like to be around my kids, they’re fun! I have a good time with them and I want to do things with them,” Gonson said. “This is an opportunity to do something more than just going out to eat.”

Two dance floors will be available to attendees. Individuals under age 18 are invited to enjoy the upstairs dance floor with chaperoned adults while a 12-year-old DJ picks the tunes. Adults can dance to a variety of music while enjoying the bar.

Gonson said that in addition to the awesome food, Cuisine en Locale will also be unveiling some of their local drinks. One special, called Heartbeet, will be made with whiskey, bitters, and fresh beet juice provided by the local company Life Force Juice. Gonson said this is an excellent way for people to try other ways of going local.

“It’s the beginning of the local bar, which is something I’ve been excited about featuring for a long time. It’s being local at a bar, not just in the kitchen,” Gonson said.

Gonson said that she’s excited to offer this evening to the community. Not only will attendees be able to spend great time with their loved ones, but they’ll also be supporting local farmers that provide food for the community. She said it’s a great way to spread the love this Valentine’s Day.

“Everything we will be feeding people is purchased directly from farmers,” Gonson said. “The more food farmers are able to grow for sale the more they grown in general it supports the community, the environment, and nutrition . . . You get a lot of value for your money when you eat local. Go farms, #lovelocal.”

ONCE Upon a Valentine will take place on Friday, February 14 at Anthony’s on Highland Avenue. Dinner seating will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Dance tickets may be purchased separately from dinner tickets for $5, and all dance ticket proceeds benefit Girls Rock Campaign Boston, a young female empowerment group. For dinner options and to purchase tickets, visit the event’s website.

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