The Feast of Love: Planning your Valentine's Day Menu

Maines is here to help you plan for one of your busiest days with our Maines Product Guide that is filled with ideas for you to surpise and delight customers with something special. Browse through our Product Guide and these recipes created by our Corporate Chefs for a list of products carried by Maines that are perfect for specials, features, and your Valentine's Day Menu!! 


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Romance Customers with a Fun, Aphrodisiac Inspired Menu

Customers always enjoy the “story” behind their food: what local farm raised their meat, how long your restaurant simmered its house-made stew, or where your chef traveled for an inspired dish. During the month of love, offer a few items with ingredients believed to be aphrodisiacs in certain cultures. Here are a few ideas ranging from the ordinary to exotic to share with your culinary team:

Star Anise – Licorice flavor is believed in many cultures to increase that loving feeling. Ancient Greeks would chew the anise seed which also freshened breath.

Tomatoes – Today’s kitchen staple was once called the pomme d’ amour in France (the apple of love) because of its alleged amorous properties.

Oysters – The legend states that Casanova would eat 50 raw oysters for breakfast. Romans in the second century A.D. prized the oyster above all other foods for its aphrodisiac qualities.

Dark Chocolate – Chocolate increases levels of phenylethylamine and serotonin, two chemicals that have been shown to raise pleasure responses in the brain.

Fennel – Another licorice-flavored plant, fennel was one of the Egyptian aphrodisiacs of choice.



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