Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and lots of people are looking for a way to celebrate their love and help others out at the same time. They’re in luck, because they can do all of that and have a good meal too. For the second year in a row, 691, the student run restaurant for Grayson College’s Culinary Arts Program, is offering a very special Valentine’s dinner for two on Feb. 14.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and lots of people are looking for a way to celebrate their love and help others out at the same time. They’re in luck, because they can do all of that and have a good meal too. For the second year in a row, 691, the student run restaurant for Grayson College’s Culinary Arts Program, is offering a very special Valentine’s dinner for two on Feb. 14.


Joanna Bryant, executive chef in the Culinary Arts Department, said the event will feature two seatings this year. The first will start at 5:30 and the second at 8. The cost is $100 per couple and RSVP and pre-payment are required.


That $100 buys more than food though. It also goes to help train a would be chef. Proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships for the program.


"Last year, we served around 70 guests during our Valentine’s Day dinner. It was a very successful event because our students got a great, hands-on learning experience, and our diners got a chance to enjoy a romantic evening supporting local education. We used the proceeds to help take 12 students to the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago last summer. Students went to chef demonstrations, educational seminars, networking events, and saw the latest trends in the hospitality industry. They had a wonderful time, and it would not have been possible without events like the Valentine’s Dinner," Bryant said.


She said the event is back this year because people have asked for it to return.


"We are doing the event again this year because of the overwhelming feedback we had to repeat our special dinner events and to raise money for continued learning experiences for our students. We hope to raise enough money to take our students to several local food shows this year, field trips and new culinary experiences," she added.


This year’s Valentine’s Day menu includes lobster bisque with heavy cream, thyme and brioche crouton. It will be paired with a spring mix salad made of pickled onions, candied pecans, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and a raspberry vinaigrette. Diners will also enjoy a deep-fried risotto made up of parmesan, mozzarella, and a red wine marinara sauce. The main event will be sous vide beef short rib, described by Bryant as pink peppercorn demi-glaze, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes and brown butter asparagus. Diners will get a choice of decadent chocolate cake described as three layers of devil’s food and chocolate cheesecake, buttercream, and ganache or strawberries romanoff, described as brandy, freshly whipped cream and vanilla pudding cake. The meal will also include complimentary wine.


Reservations and pre-payment are required. Bryant said checks are the preffered method of payment, and they may be made out to Grayson College and mailed to Culinary Arts, 6101 Grayson Drive, Denison, TX 75020.


To pay by credit card please call Joanna Bryant at 903-463-8654 or Rusty Weatherly at 903-415-2583.