Isabella serves up 10-Course Aphrodisiac Menu for $40 on Valentine’s Day

We’re not covering every Valentine’s Day deal in town (because if we did, we’d be writing about nothing else between now and the big day), but once in a while something comes along that makes us sit up and take notice. This is one of those.

Valentine’s day dinner can conjure up many images. For some, it’s champagne and caviar, and for others its spaghetti a’la Lady and the Tramp. But almost across the board, Valentine’s Day dinner is expensive. Enter Isabella executive chef Michael Cappon, who has concocted a 10-course aphrodisiac menu that is, “guaranteed to create the mood for romance,” for only $40.

The menu, which is available on Friday Feb. 13 as well as on the big night, is featuring aphrodisiac foods with ingredients, “believed to stimulate the libido by stirring up one’s hormones.”

The meal begins with avocado hummus served with smoked chili oil and toasted flat bread, followed by oyster shooter with meyer lemon and then asparagus and goat cheese gratin with baguette.  Then, guests are served a basil and potato bisque topped with benton’s bacon lardon, which is proceeded by roasted black mission figs stuffed with valdeon. The cleanse the palate, the meal continues with a banana, meyer lemon, and pomegranate mousse, which is followed by a seared scallop with parsnip almond butter, a honey cured duck with a sour cherry compote, and a seared filet medallion, roasted garlic and horseradish creme. Finally, the menu ends on a sweet note, with a  trio of chocolates including bête noir, burnt orange chocolate mousse, and double chocolate ice cream with crushed hazelnuts.

Needless to say, Isabella’s traditional menu will not be served during the aphrodisiac menu. For reservations call 484-532-7470.

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