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This year, skip the crowded restaurants and have a cozy Valentine’s Day dinner for two, in the comfort of your own home! To help you set the mood, here is a three-course meal with dishes by some of our favourite food experts that include flavourful passion-inducing ingredients! From appetizer to dessert, let this aphrodisiac-enhanced meal rev up the romance this Valentine’s Day.

Make a Great First Impression: Zac Kara’s Chilli Pepper and Gruyère Cheese Soufflé

Aphrodisiac Ingredient: Chilli Pepper

Fact: This spicy pepper increases your endorphin levels and raises your body temperature to make sure your night is a HOT one.

This recipe by former Masterchef Junior contestant Zac Kara, couples the spicy aphrodisiac with a smooth cheese resulting in a delicate soufflé. A labour of love, this intricate recipe, if followed carefully, is the perfect way to start the meal and makes for a great first-impression course.

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A Main Course for your Main Squeeze: Cynthia Beretta’s Pan-Seared Steak

Aphrodisiac Ingredient: Red Meat

Fun fact: Red meat is a great aphrodisiac for men in increasing testosterone

Make no misteak, this recipe is perfect for a romantic dinner for two (no barbecue required). Whether the steak is cooked medium-rare or well-done make sure your protein quality is the best! Beretta Farms offers high quality proteins free of antibiotics, added hormones and steroids so you can feel good cooking this delicious steak for your Valentine.

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A Seal the Deal Dessert: Nadège’s “Sexy Pur Noir”

Aphrodisiac Ingredient: Chocolate

Fun fact: Chocolate chemically affects the brain by increasing your levels of serotonin (aka – helps your libido).

While chocolate on Valentine’s Day may feel overdone, it’s not when it’s a dessert by expert French Pastry Chef Nadège Nourian. Nadège Påtisserie’s “Sexy Pur Noir” is a rich, sultry cake that features a chocolate biscuit base and delicate chocolate mousse. With each bite, you’ll notice chocolate nibs, adding a special surprise. Be sure to pick up two of these mini desserts available at all Nadège locations only on Valentine’s Day!

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Pour Your Heart Out with these Kendall-Jackson Wine Selections

Aphrodisiac: Red Wine

You’ve already got your love goggles, now it’s time to put on your wine glasses. Here are two wine pairing options for you to consider.

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Does your Valentine’s Day have room for two loving pairs?

This buttery Chardonnay is fruit-forward, approachable and exceptionally food-friendly. While red wine is always the go-to with heavier red meats, you’d be surprised at how this Chardonnay’s oak notes complement a pan-seared steak!

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Merlot 2012

“You had me at merlot”. Pour a glass of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Merlot to complement your chocolate dessert. Aromas of plum and blueberry combined with a slight spicy streak and cocoa powder finish on the palate; this wine is a must-have when serving your decadent chocolate cake.

Bon Appétit!

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