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Chocolate, Wine, and Flowers: 11 Hands-On Valentine’s Day Events in NYC

There's something special about a box of chocolates, a big red rose bouquet, and a nice bottle of wine on Valentine's Day. But this year, instead of dropping all your money on those traditional gifts, why not experience them in real time with your loved one? Learn something new alongside your Valentine (or just enjoy a little decadence together) at our favorite chocolate factory tours, wine tastings, and flower-arranging classes this February.

By / January 9, 2019
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Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Tasting Class

The Winston

Hop on the PATH to Hoboken for an evening of wine tasting techniques sponsored by Coppola Wine, alongside perfectly paired chocolates, light hors d'oeuvres, and giveaways galore.

$35 / RSVP

Choco-Story Chocolate Museum

Wednesdays through Sundays, 10AM - 5PM

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Discover how chocolate travels from tropical tree to artisanal bar at Jacques Torres' chocolate-themed museum, with a self-guided tour and eight tastings including Mayan hot chocolate and bonbons.

$10 - $15 / RSVP
Rococo Workshop

Raaka Chocolate Factory Tour

Saturdays & Sundays, 1:30PM - 2:15PM

Raaka Chocolate

Learn how artisanal chocolate bars are made at Red Hook's very own live factory, where you'll start by cracking and tasting un-roasted cacao beans and end with making (and eating!) bars of your own.

$15 / RSVP

Galentine’s Flower Arranging

Max's Es-ca

Grab your gal pals and show your love by creating a huge, heart-shaped bouquet for the cutie of your choice (and sipping cocktails, too).

$85 / RSVP

Flower Arranging Basics

Honeysuckle Hill Flowers

Not only will you go home with your own classic mason jar bouquet, but you'll learn about flower selection, care and maintenance, and basic design principles to make your own bouquets all year round.

$44 / RSVP

Make Your Own Preserved Flower Bouquet

Spaces at 1740 Broadway

Bring your own wine to this flower arranging class, where the bouquet you assemble will last for a whole year thanks to special preservation techniques.

$65 / RSVP

Make Your Own Chocolate Lollipops

The Westchester

Work with melted chocolate to make and decorate fanciful lollipops, perfect for gifting (or enjoying right then and there, no judgments).

$25 / RSVP

The Most Decadent Valentines Tasting Ever

Murray's Cheese Shop

At this unprecedented evening of gastronomic luxury, you'll indulge in the highest-quality champagne, foie gras, caviar, real truffles, and (of course) the highest-quality cheeses available.

$150 / RSVP

Serious Chocolate Tasting and Baking Class


Molten chocolate cake! Chocolate souffle! Chocolate creme brulee! Learn how to make all these decadent favorites and more at this Saturday afternoon baking (and tasting) class.

$125 / RSVP

Valentine’s Day Sip & Decorate Cake Class

February 16, 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM

SoBro Event Hall

Bring your beau to the Bronx and learn basic artistic cake decorating techniques like drip icing and edible adhesives while enjoying chocolate-dipped strawberries and light bites.

$120 - $150 / RSVP

Manhattan Chocolate Tour

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Sundays, 11:00AM - 2:00PM

Meeting at City Bakery

On this guided walking tour, you'll visit some favorite local and family-owned chocolate-hawking establishments and enjoy six cocoa-themed tastings from doughnuts and eclairs to babka and cannoli.

$60 / RSVP


Quinne Myers is a writer, illustrator, apparel designer, and lingerie industry pundit living in Brooklyn. Loves sweaty concert dancing, eating dessert, feeling feelings, and petting every dog.

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