Hot Date Ideas for Valentine's Day in Detroit

Heather Raulerson

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and if you haven’t planned anything for your significant other, consider signing up to take a couples class this holiday. This is a fun and unique way to spend time together on a date by learning how to cook together, learning how to blow glass, create your own pottery masterpiece, fabricate a wooden sign for your home, or even learn how to do the Argentine Tango. All of these are great options for a fabulous date night for Valentine’s Day or any other date night this year. Check one of them out or all of them. I know that I am going to!

Culinary Kisses - Southfield

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I love the name of this company. Culinary Kisses is a great date night for a special someone. You can sign up to take a virtual cooking class or a private virtual lesson from a fantastic chef. This international culinary expert will inspire you to shop, cook, eat, and live well. And whatever cuisine you are interested in, Mexican, Italian, Creole, French, Asian, Southern, Greek, Indian, Spanish, or African, the chefs will work with you to bring it to life. If you choose to do the private virtual lesson, you will cook in real-time with our chef in the comfort of your own kitchen. While you are cooking along with your chef, you can ask questions, learn culinary tips and tricks, practice basic knife skills, and learn how to enhance food flavors. Some of the options for you to choose for your virtual and hands-on cooking class, COZYMEAL, are:

  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffles with Hot Honey Syrup
  • Pappardelle Pasta with Bacon and Beef Bolognese and Homestyle Garlic Toast
  • Cubanos and Mojitos with Grilled Cubano Sandwiches, Papas Rellenas Chorizo Stuffed Potatoes, Garlic Mojo Sauce, and Authentic Cuban Mojitos
  • Small Bites Experience with Smoked Salmon Sushi, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Shrimp, and Pork Potstickers, Asian Dipping Sauce, and Wine Pairings
  • Spanish Tapas Experience with Patatas Bravas and Smoked Paprika Aioli, Gambias al Ajillo, Pan con Tomate, Andalucia Pinchitos and Wine Pairings

With all of these options and more, you can find a great meal to cook with your date! Culinary Kisses is at 22701 Essex Way Street in Southfield.

Mirepoix Cooking School - Royal Oak

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Another excellent cooking school for you to look at is the Mirepoix Cooking School. Stir up some fun for you and your date while you cook a three-course meal. This is a unique location for a cooking school as it above the Holiday Market in Royal Oak. You get to do hands-on cooking with fresh ingredients sold in the grocery store below, and they let you interact with the ingredients and do all the prep work yourself. The chefs teach you how to chop, sauté and whisk like a professional chef, and give you instructions on how to keep preparing great meals when you get home. You are also allowed to drink while you cook as wine and beer are available for purchase. Cooking classes start at $70/person.

If you are looking for a special cooking class, sign up for the Valentine’s Dinner class with a menu to impress and a delicious wine pairing! Go ahead and book your spots to join Holiday Market’s Sommeliers Dean and Trish and Executive Chefs of Holiday Market and Mirepoix Thursday, February 11th, at 6:30 p.m. This is a virtual zoom cooking class for $150 for two guests. The dinner includes a 5-course meal and three bottles of wine. You can pick up your ingredients before the class. The menu for your special dinner is Italian Wedding Soup, Roasted Beet Salad, Portobello Mushroom Stuffed Shells, Grilled Lamb Chops and Seared Scallops, and Chocolate Lava Cake. You have to prepay for this dinner. To reserve your spots or for more information, call Leanne at 248.541.1414 ext 500. Mirepoix Cooking School is at 1203 S Main Street in Royal Oak.

Glass Academy - Dearborn

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A unique and ‘hot’ date is to take them to a glass blowing workshop at the Glass Academy. They offer hands-on experiences to try your hand at glass blowing. A couple of their classes are the happy hour class and the beginner ‘First Glass Experience’. The First Glass Experience class is the perfect one to start on as it is an easy and fun hands-on glass blowing workshop. In this beginner class, you will be able to pull and twist assorted colors into a swirl of patterns that will end up as a beautiful round paperweight with a decorative design inside. The class takes about one hour to complete and costs $87/person.

Speckles+Splatter · Art · Pottery · Creativity - Dearborn

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This is a messier date, but lots of fun! Schedule two spots for you and your date for an intro session where you can learn how to throw clay and glaze a clay pot on a spinning pottery wheel. The class will take approximately one to one and a half hours for $40/person and includes the clay, tools, and supplies needed to make your treasure. It will take another three weeks before you get your finished clay pot. Make sure you wear grubby clothes and shoes as you will get messy. Even if you have no idea how to work with clay, don’t worry; they will teach you everything you need to know. Plus, you’ll have an incredible time doing it!

AR Workshop - Northville

AR Workshop is a creative boutique DIY studio where you can have a fun date night activity using raw materials. You can make custom wood plank signs, framed signs, canvas pillows, round signs, lazy susans for your dining table, centerpiece boxes, canvas tote bags, and a whole lot more. They offer many different hands-on classes that allow you to create custom home decor items in their wood or canvas DIY workshops.

Argentine Tango Detroit - Utica

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This is the ultimate in date night activities for Valentine’s Day. Take your special someone out for tango lessons. Yep, the ultimate romantic evening with your date dancing your butt off learning the tango or other dance types like salsa, hip hop, swing, or Latin ballroom dancing. You can make an appointment for private lessons, which are $85/person for one hour, or a group of five for $77/person, or sign up for the group beginner classes. There is an Intro to Argentine Tango class where you can put on your dancing shoes and have a great night of dancing for $15/person. Argentine Tango is at 7758 Auburn Road in Utica.

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Heather is a freelance writer and photographer who loves slow travel where she can stay in one place to get to know the local scenery and culture. She is the owner of Raulersongirlstravel, a travel website sharing her solo adventures and photographs around the world.

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