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ST LOUIS, MO. – January 12, 2016 -- St. Louis's favorite French culinary couple, Chef Damien Faure and Chef Simone Faure, will soon join forces to present the ultimate Valentine's Day dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Soirée d’Amour – a romantic evening of fabulous French cuisine prepared and hosted by the celebrated married couple, will take place at the hotel on Sunday, February 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Damien Faure is the award-winning chef for The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, while his wife Simone is owner/operator of the popular La Pâtisserie Chouquette, also in St. Louis.

Evoking the charms of Old World Paris and presenting live French music, authentic decor and a one-of-a-kind epicurean menu, Soirée d’Amour will offer limited, first-come/first-served reservation access. The occasion represents the first time the Faures have co-hosted a major St. Louis dining event.

"We are very excited to collaborate on this, the ultimate French dinner," said Chef Damien Faure. "To be able to mingle together with our guests, as if they were in our home, sharing treasured family dishes with us, is something we have wanted to do for a long time." Simone Faure echoes Chef Damien's enthusiasm: "I love creating magical pastries and memorable dining experiences, and to present this hand-in-hand with Damien, for a very select group of French food lovers, is a dream come true."

Priced at $149 USD per person plus tax/gratuity, and including a Champagne toast, the evening's four-course menu showcases some of the most enticing of French culinary creations, as follows:

First Course (select one)

  • Oysters Ménage à Trois
  • Pomme Dorémi and Brie "St. André" Cappuccino
  • Couplet of Osso Buco, Georges Bank Sea Scallops and Heirloom Legumes

Second Course (select one)
  • Artichoke en Barigoule with Grilled Baby Romaine Hearts
  • Frisée and Arugula, Dried Cranberries, Duet of Roasted Duck and Foie Gras Poêlé, Champagne Sabayon
  • Exotic Greens, Rose Asparagus, Avocado Mousseline, Roasted Nuts, Lardons

Main Course (select one)
  • Filet Flambé au Cognac, Petite Chantenay Carrots, Grilled Jumbo Asparagus, Truffle Gratin de Pomme de Terre, Sauce Aux Trois Poivres
  • Sea Bass en Amandine, Kalettes, Romanesco, Lemon Creamy Stone-Ground Grains, Corn Shoots, Beurre Blanc
  • Coq Au Vin, Forest Mushrooms, Root Vegetables, Pearl Onions

Dessert (select one)
  • Liaison Raspberry White Chocolate Tiramisu Crêpe Cake
  • La Forêt-Noire Preserved Blackberries, Wine-Soaked Black Cherry Gelée, Vanilla- Scented Yogurt Mousse, Soft Chocolate Cake
  • Dauphine de Strawberry, Rose Petal, Pistachio Nougat Mousse, Pink Peppercorn Meringue

Après
  • Assorted Petite Treats

To reserve one of the limited number of seats available for this one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day experience, please call (314) 719-1433. Reservations are open to 75 guests only. For those wishing to spend the night at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis and relax in luxury following their Soirée d’Amour, the hotel is offering diners a special overnight package for the evening. Priced at $499 plus tax and gratuity, the package includes the Soirée d’Amour dinner for two plus deluxe accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis on February 14. This special overnight rate may be requested only at the time advance dining reservations are made for Soirée d’Amour. Options to upgrade to a suite or Club Level experience are available as well.

Soirée d’Amour is among several Valentine’s festivities to be presented by The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis this year, including a month of Valentine’s Teas, special dining offerings and more.