From a Romantic Table for Two to a Singles Soirée for 10 The Complete Guide to Valentine's Day is Just a Click Away
NEW YORK (January 29, 2001) --- According to a recent Epicurious.com survey*, 86% of all Americans will celebrate Valentine's Day, whether single or in a relationship. So whether part of a cooing couple or a swinging single, Epicurious.com offers romantics everywhere creative and fun advice for every Valentine's Day scenario.
"No matter how you plan to celebrate this Valentine's Day, Epicurious.com provides solutions with romantic menus, party plans, and entertaining tips," said Elizabeth Shepard, editor-in-chief of Epicurious.com. "The site has thousands of easy to follow recipe suggestions and menu ideas - from a candlelit dinner for two to a singles soirée for 10."
All Set for Romance
32% of Americans celebrating Valentine's Day would rather celebrate at home than in a restaurant. However, even in this day and age, 78% of women (vs. 45% of men) plan to prepare the dinner.
For Valentine's Day especially, mood is every bit as important as menu. That's why Epicurious.com is offering up entertaining secrets from style maven Carolyn Roehm. Her solution calls for three very simple ingredients: candles, sexy music, and a good bottle of wine. For more of Roehm's romantic recommendations, log on to the site.
Be Your Own Valentine
If you're a bona fide bachelor or bachelorette, celebrate in style with a singles soirée. You may attract more partygoers than you think: 50% of single Americans plan to celebrate in some way.
If you're worried about planning the party alone, don't. Epicurious.com is right by your side with a step-by-step party guide. First things first, set the mood with some fast paced music - no slow songs allowed! Second, make sure you provide lots of food in a buffet style. Lastly, serve food you wouldn't normally eat on a date - comfort food with lots of garlic! Epicurious.com suggests serving up Full O' Beans Chili with Chipotle Cornbread and Super Garlicky Mashed Potatoes. Finish off the meal with an indulgent Chocolate Decadence Cake.
Aphrodisiacs - Times Two!
Charm you valentine with a clever twist and the unlikely pairing of beer and chocolate - the element of surprise is said to keep romance alive! Why not end your romantic dinner on an unexpected note of beer and chocolate? (Coincidence or not? Both are known to be aphrodisiacs.) Epicurious.com suggests matching chocolate covered caramels with an Austrian Bock or chocolate covered cherries with an American Porter.
If you've had your fill of sappy Hallmark prose, take heart. This year, deliver virtual Valentines from Epicurious.com. Simply click on the virtual heart and customize your Valentine's wishes. An invitation to a romantic dinner, per chance?
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*Survey conducted by Omnitel