Green Is The Real Color Of Love This Valentine’s Day

It’s just ten days until Valentine’s Day! This year you can be with the one you love, love the one you’re with, and love the planet all at the same time. We have our guide to celebrating Valentine’s Day in a sustainable way in plenty of time for you to plan something special. The theme? It’s all about putting a new spin on old traditions. Image Source: Flowers, chocolates and jewelry are classic (if somewhat unimaginative) gifts. If you want to go the traditional route though, you can give it a modern eco-friendly twist. Ordering flowers online is a tradition, but it doesn’t always work out. Because of huge demand, flowers often end up being shipped in from all over the world, resulting in a major carbon footprint. Overworked stressed-out flower chains can often end up sending out less-than-stellar product too – just look at the Garden of Discontent tag over at The Consumerist blog. This doesn’t mean flowers are off the table: just get them from a different source. Visit a local florist, or pick up a bouquet at a nearby farmer’s market. You can even demonstrate your commitment through greenery by presenting your loved one with a potted plant that will continue to flourish long after the holiday has passed. Image Source: We’ve all eaten our way through a box of drugstore chocolates at one point or another, whether we were spending Valentine’s Day with a date or alone on the couch in our sweatpants. But we deserve better! This year, buy certified organic chocolate that is ethically and responsibly sourced: we love Dagoba chocolate, as well as pretty much anything from Trader Joe’s. When it comes to jewelry you could go to a chain store and get a perfectly serviceable piece of jewelry that is mass-produced. Or, you could go to an independent jeweler and get something hand-crafted and totally unique. Not only will you be supporting local commerce, you’ll be getting a gift that is incredibly special for your loved one. Our neighbors down the street at Tide and Moon Jewelry make some really lovely handcrafted pieces, and you can also get wildly original handmade jewelry in the retail area of Relish Cafe. Image Source: Speaking of Relish Café, it’s the perfect place to have a romantic brunch with your loved one in a sustainable setting. Or, if date night is more your speed, you can grab a romantic dinner and cocktails at the Island’s noted sustainable dining spot, The Waterfront Restaurant. This year, celebrate all of the classic traditions of Valentine’s Day without sacrificing your sustainable ideals. After all, every day that we live a little more sustainably may give us another day down the line to love the planet.

Gourmet Wine Dinner with Anthony Walkenhorst

We are proud to announce that we have been chosen to host a gourmet wine dinner with Anthony Walkenhorst, the chief winemaker of New Zealand’s famous Kim Crawford Wines, renowned for creating consistent, exceptional quality wines, vintage after vintage. In addition to hearing about Anthony’s experiences as a winemaker you will have the opportunity of attending an intimate evening of fine dining with our chefs’ sumptuous creations designed to be complimented by the flavors of these delicious wines. After a glass of wine before dinner you will sit down to Red Pepper Bisque with Citrus Crab Salad paired with Marlborough Unoaked Chardonnay. Next up, Wasabi Scallops with “Spitfire” Sauvignon Blanc, followed by Gingered Salmon with Grilled Corn and Watercress Salad along side of “Kim’s Favourite” Pinot Noir. For the main course, a slowly roasted Blackberry Pork Tenderloin paired with the famous “Rise and Shine” Central Otago Pinot Noir, a complex, layered wine with bold flavors. Follow all this with a fantastic dessert and I think we will call it quite a night. Seating is limited, so sign up as soon as possible so that you don’t miss this fantastic opportunity. Tickets are $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Tom Hannon with the Wines of Tuscany

Tom Hannon will be on hand with a selection of his Wines of Tuscany. Three whites – pinot grigio, orvieto and chardonnay – and three reds – chianti, rosso conero and a ripasso – will be our tasted wines this week, and we’ll pair them up with some delicious antipasto. Six brand new, different wines and tasty Italian hors-d’oeuvres, I can’t wait.