Uncommon Aphrodisiacs

February 11, 2010 9:40:42 AM PST
Many people believe that eating the right food can put you in the mood for love. That's why chocolates, wine and truffles are so popular around Valentine's Day. But almonds, mustard, fennel, honey and carrots can also be aphrodisiacs. Ancient history suggests these foods are also passion filled. This Valentine's Weekend, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Executive Chef Kevin Hickey is serving up dinner and brunch menus inspired by many different aphrodisiac foods. He shares some of those ingredients and recipes with us. You can make these decadent recipes at home or enjoy the chef's creations at the Four Seasons http://www.fourseasons.com/chicagofs.

Say "I Love You" this Valentine's Day at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

With aphrodisiac-inspired dining, chocolate spa treatments and a "suite" getaway, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is the perfect romantic destination for Valentine's Day weekend.

Suite Heart Package

Enjoy beautiful accommodations and views in one of the hotel's suites and dinner for two in Seasons restaurant featuring a four-course aphrodisiac inspired menu. Rates begin at $595 per night for an executive suite and includes tax and gratuity for the Valentine's Day dinner. The package is available Feb. 12-14 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights). For reservations, please call 312-280-8400 or visit www.fourseasons.com/chicagofs.

Valentine's Day Dinner in Seasons

Seasons restaurant celebrates Valentine's Day with an aphrodisiac-inspired four-course and six-course dinner Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14. Savor the passion of Executive Chef Kevin Hickey's special dinner menu featuring New Zealand Green Abalone with Champagne Gelee and Caviar; Homemade Fettuccini filled with Duck Confit; Pan Seared Nantucket Black Cod with Lobster Essence; Roasted Colorado Lamb Rack with Rosemary Jus; Sheep Milk Cheese with Apple Mostarda and Spiced Almonds; and an aphrodisiac inspired dessert.

Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14

Four-course dinner, $85 per person; six courses, $105 per person, excludes tax and gratuity

For reservations, 312-649-2349

Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch with a Chocolate Lovers Lane of Desserts

Seasons' award-winning Sunday Brunch is the perfect way to indulge that someone special. In addition to traditional brunch fare, enjoy aphrodisiac-inspired selections such as East and West Coast Oysters; Wild Mushroom Raviolis with Toasted Pine nuts and Nutmeg Cream Sauce; Braised Veal Cheeks with Himalayan Black Truffle Sauce; Sweet Garlic Crusted Leg of Lamb with Thumbelina Carrots and Mustard Lamb Jus. Afterwards, stroll a Chocolate Lovers Lane of desserts featuring Milk, Dark and White Chocolate Crème Brulees, Warm White Chocolate Coconut Shooters, Lava Cakes, Milk Chocolate Espresso and Doughnuts and more.

Cost is $72 for adults; $25 for children ages 5 to 12. Seatings are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Chocolate Treatments in the Spa

Give chocolate out of the box with the decadent chocolate treatments at the Spa. Choose from the invigorating Chocolate Chip Mint Sugar Scrub ($135), the relaxing Deep Chocolate Massage ($140) or the savory Swiss Chocolate and Caramel Body Wrap ($185). For the ultimate chocolate and spa lover, the Chocolate Decadence package combines all three treatments in a sinfully luxurious experience ($375). Each treatment culminates with chocolate truffles and a chocolate martini to enjoy in the relaxation lounge. For reservations, please call 312-649-2340.

For more information, visit the hotel's website http://www.fourseasons.com/chicagofs.