Canlis Cooks Up a Golden Valentine’s Day Celebration

My mailbox is overflowing with restaurants revving up their Valentine’s Day promotions. But one in particular caught my eyes, celebrating the spirit of the day.

Canlis would like to honor one “golden couple” whose marriage has survived and thrived for fifty years. Couples can nominate themselves (or you can nominate a couple) by telling, in 150 words or less, the “golden rules” or “golden secrets” of their success in staying together for so long.

For the winner: a truly romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in Canlis’ private Caché room, which boasts an incredible view of Lake Union and the Cascades. The winning couple will also want to enjoy the view at the table as the private server sets up Chef Jason Franey’s special Valentine’s Tasting Menu:


Blue Hawaiian Prawn
pineapple and cilantro

Canadian Foie Gras
Granny Smith apples, cinnamon and warm brioche

Nebraska Beef Tenderloin
black Périgord celery, potato and vin jaune

Citrus Mosaic with Pistachio Parfait
champagne mousse and crisp lime meringue

To enter, you must send those golden secrets, along with the nominees’ names, contact information, and length of the relationship, to by Tuesday, February 10. (Winner will be notified by 6 p.m. on February 11.) For those not yet together fifty years, the menu is also available to the paying public on Valentine’s Day, and the contest certainly serves as inspiration for a long-lasting relationship. And for some of those together fifty-plus years, perhaps inspiration to learn to use email for a pleasurable payoff!

Cross-posted on Seattlest, where “we” = me. I’d love to say I took that gorgeous photo, but credit goes to Brian Thompson.



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