You may think you still have more than a week to prepare for Valentine's Day.
But the truth is that if you plan to dine out on Feb. 14 (or during the weekend before) you're already pushing the deadline.
Following is a list some of the of out-of-the ordinary events that local restaurants and cooking schools have planned for hungry Wichita sweethearts.
Cooking at Bonnie's Place, 9747 E. 21st St., 316-425-5224: The cooking school is offering a Feb. 12 dinner that's $110 a couple and will feature a menu of hot crab dip, Caesar salad and a choice of herb-roasted beef tenderloin or roasted salmon Florentine roulade, and more. Call for reservations.
Yia Yia's Eurobistro, 8115 E. 21st St., 316-634-1000: Yia Yia's is putting on a $95-a-person champagne dinner on Feb. 13 that will include a five-course meal, each course paired with champagne. The entree is a wild boar and caramelized onion roulade with smoked potato dumplings.
Chester's Chophouse, 1550 N. Webb Road, 316-201-1300: The restaurant is offering diners special-made Cocoa Dolce chocolates at the end of their meals Feb. 11-14 and also will offer high-end menu specials. Call for reservations.
Metro Grill II, 321 S. Andover Road, Andover, 316-807-5229: This just-opened restaurant, a spinoff of the popular sandwich shop in Towne East Square, will officially open on Monday. On Feb. 12 and 13, chef Michael Gonzalez will prepare a reservation-only five-course meal that will be served from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. There will be two seatings each night, and diners can bring their own wine. Call for reservations.
Outback Steakhouse, 233 S. Ridge Road, 316-773-5900; and 2020 N. Rock Road, 316-634-6500: The chain is offering a special dinner-for-two from Feb. 11 through 14 that includes a Bloomin' Onion appetizer, two 8-oz. Outback Special steaks, choice of sides and a cheesecake to share. Outback doesn't take reservations.
Bella Vita Bistro, 120 N. West St., 316-941-4500: The family-owned Italian restaurant will serve a special menu from 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 14 that's $50 a person and includes a five-course meal. Diners will have choices for each course. For example, the entree choices are grouper escarole in an exotic primavera paella, garlic chicken or a pork osso bucco. Call for reservations.
Taste & See Everyday Gourmet: Chef Jason-Paul Febres is putting on a hands-on sushi-making course for couples, who will leave with a sushi bamboo mat, Japanese ramekins, chopsticks and sushi guide. The price is $50 a person, and it starts at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. To make a reservation, visit tasteandseecooking.com and click on "calendar."
Kanai, 12111 Maple, 316-719-2929: The well-regarded sushi restaurant is usually closed on Mondays but will open for sweethearts on Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m., serving a $40-a-person dinner that will include an appetizer, entree, sushi platter and dessert. Reservations are required.
Press, 1720 N. Webb Road, 316-558-5855: A Feb. 14 wine dinner, featuring a four-course meal paired with wines, is $50 a person. The entree will be grilled sirloin with truffle butter. Reservations are required.
Oeno, 330 N. Mead, 316-440-5000: The wine bar will host a Feb. 14 wine dinner that's $50 a person and features a four-course meal paired with wines. The entree will be filet mignon with wild mushroom risotto.
Sakura, 7820 E. Harry, 316-613-2828: The restaurant is offering dinner-for-two packages on Valentine's Day that range from $29.95 to $49.95.