Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant: Five Days of Valentine Dining

Posted on Feb 9 by SEASONS Magazine

Les Marchands, photo by Rob Stark.

Les Marchands, photo by Rob Stark.

Enjoy an opulent and relaxing evening surrounded by the bouquets of wine on every inch of  Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant’s well-honed Mahogany walls. Comfort yourself in casual and cozy seats as dimly lit fixtures set the mood for you and your Valentine. While you browse the widely-selective menu featuring romantic Valentine’s Day specials, bask in the aromas of fruits, herbs, flowers, butterscotch, toast, vanilla, mocha and chocolate that fill the air, waiting to impress your taste buds with intense flavors. Lasting five nights, from February 10-14, Les Marchands invites you and your significant other to savor the tastes of three new titillating and luscious dishes.

This Valentine’s Day, experience one of Chef Weston Richards’s three new seductive specials, including an alluring “Raspberry Beret” cocktail to share with your Valentine. Feel free to stare into each other’s eyes as you sip on the mouth-watering craft cocktail of plymouth gin, crème de framboise, lemon juice, rose water, simple syrup, prosecco, and rose petal.

Raspberry Beret, courtesy Les Marchands.

As you revel in the flavor and the scent of rose petal, spice and tart raspberry of the Raspberry Beret, enjoy a taste of France with the Foie Gras Torchon—made with Blood Orange Marmalade, Horseradish Mustard and Charred Sourdough. Then, relish in Chef Weston’s luscious Seared Diver Scallops with Celery Root Croquette, Black Truffle and Butter Braised Cabbage. Finish the evening by delighting yourselves in the grand finale—The Dark Chocolate Mousse, made with Chocolate Streusel, Olive Oil, and Toasted Ancho Chile.

Importing from the most relevant producers in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and heavily focusing on local Santa Barbara County producers, Les Marchands’ extensive wine program complements a full bar of handcrafted artisan spirits with classic stirred cocktails made in the old-school traditional way. The favorites, such as The Vesper, Hanky Panky or the Bijou, are also available during the Five Days of Valentine’s Day Dining along with the original menu items.

Located at 131 Anacapa St., join Chef Weston as he showcases his seasonally inspired food for supper nightly from 5 p.m., weekend brunch from 10a.m.- 2 p.m.,  and an extensive selection of cheese and charcuterie every afternoon from 2-5 p.m.

—Danielle Hazlett

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