We love to celebrate any and all holidays that come to our mind. And for each holiday, we create something special. In this section you will see photos and descriptions of our pastries and breads, made in celebration of a special time.
◊ Holidays this month: Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
Happy Valentine’s Day 2012!
Although named for the celebate St. Valentine, in truth Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers, Spring is near and thoughts turn to romance. Chocolate, the great aphrodisiac, perfumes the air and Silver Moon delights in helping love blossom. (See below for its ancient history)
- Heart-shaped chocolate Cake for 2 (or 3): $19.00
- Heart-shaped Fresh Berry Tart with butter puff-pastry for 2 (or 3): $19.00
- Heart Linzer Cookies – raspberry-filled choc stripes or powdered sugar: $3.95
- Heart-shaped “Kiss” Iced Linzer Cookies: $3.95
- Individual “Lips” Chocolate Mousse: $6
- Chocolate-covered Long-stemmed Strawberries, min special order ½ dozen: $19, $3.75 ea
- Red Velvet Cupcakes with candy hearts: $3.25
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History of St. Valentine’s Day.
The roots of St. Valentine’s Day lie in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia viewed as a purification and fertility rite. The ritual involved the sacrifice of goats and a dog in the Lupercal by priests called Luperci, who smeared the foreheads of two noble young men with the blood of the sacrificed animals and then wiped it off. At this point, the youths were required to laugh. Then the luperci, clothed in loincloths, ran about the area, lashing everyone they met with strips of skin from the sacrificed goats. Young wives were particularly eager to receive these blows, because it was believed that the ritual promoted fertility and easy childbirth. These ceremonies were accompanied by much revelry and drinking.
Lupercalia was so popular that it survived the onset of Christianity, but in a different form. In 494 AD, the Pope made February 15 the feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary. The lottery was changed so that both men and women drew the names of saints whom they would then emulate for the year. The patron of the festival became Valentine (one of three Catholic saints named St. Valentine). The day continued to be an occasion to seek the affections of women, although in a different manner, and it became a tradition to give out handwritten messages of admiration that included Valentine’s name, added by the belief in the Middle Ages, that birds chose their partners in the middle of February. Thus Valentine’s Day was dedicated to love, observed by writing love letters and sending small gifts to the beloved. (Legend has it that Charles, Duke of Orleans, sent the first real Valentine card to his wife in 1415, when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.)
Even the famous Chaucer wrote about it in Parliament of Foules : “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate”