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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Eat More Hearts for Valentine's Day at Avedano's

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 3:38 PM


I wasn't the only person who consumed hearts in honor of/protest over Valentine's Day. Avedano's Meats, the sustainability-minded butcher shop in Bernal Heights, is making hearts the focus of its first event open to the public.

The Lonely Hearts dinners take place in the butcher shop's private dining room on Feb. 13 and 14, featuring duck and pork hearts as part of a six-course meal. (Avedano's co-owner, Melanie Eismann, says that in lieu of a heart entree they decided to substitute a "sweetheart" steak. "I could eat heart for every course," she said, "but we didn't want to make people feel like they have to.")

Cooking the meal will be Avedano's head butcher and chef, Chris Arentz, who trained under Italy's rockstar butcher, Dario Cecchini, and ran a catering company in Italy before coming to San Francisco. His menu:

Sparkling wine and hors d'oeuvres; stuffed deviled eggs with duck heart pâté (Liberty Ducks)

Grilled heart of pork over frisée salad with lime-chili vinaigrette (Magruder Ranch Pork)

Maltagliati pasta in a ragú of housemade blood sausage

Grilled "sweetheart" ribeye steak with chimichurri and Roquefort-potato-leek gratin
(Agricola: Flora et Fauna Beef)

Fernet ice cream

Lonely Hearts Dinner

Where: Avedano's Meats, 235 Cortland (at Bocana), 285-6328

When: Sun., Feb. 13, and Mon., Feb. 14

Cost: $85 (wine, beer, or spirits are BYO)

Tickets via Brown Paper Tickets

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