(& other V-Day tips for all you Procrastinating Casanovas)
By Gary Carra
(Pictured Above) A strolling German Oom-Pah band adds some upbeat audio – and spurs several spontaneous “everyone stand up sing-a-longs”- at the Student Prince’s annual Hunter’s Dinner in Springfield. Photo by Gary Carra
Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires to be no less than your complete entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis.
Kicking things off this installment…those “game” for a unique assortment of exotic edibles may want to consider a short trek up I-91 North to Springfield’s storied Student Prince/Fort Restaurant. True, the historic eatery is roundly considered to be an area treasure worth a stop any time of the year.
But for the month of February, the Prince answers the call of the wild in the form of “Game Month.” That means a special ‘Wild Game’ lunch and dinner menu every night. And on select nights, including Feb. 18 and 27 this year to be exact, the celebrated, six-course “Hunter’s Dinner.”
This is literally the time when the Chefs play with the deer and the antelope…as well as bison, Mako shark and of course, frog’s legs. An insider tip – make sure you save room for the flaming dessert, too!Tix are $70 per person and sell out fast. To obtain yours, kindly point your browser to studentprince.com
How Sweet It Is
Not sure if your significant other would be game for such exotic edibles? Perhaps an assault on the sweet tooth is in order.
If so, Enfield’s own R Dee Winery on Hazard Avenue has the perfect prescription – pairing their stellar wines with a lesson in designing (and consuming, of course) a dark chocolate sweet and savory board on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
“Not only will you get incredible food and a platter to take home,” they note, “but you will also learn the skills you need to pull together a decadent platter for a future date night or dessert party.”
General admission tickets are $70, couples passes $95 and each admission includes one glass of wine. To purchase or discover more, find the event via the winery’s Facebook page, facebook.com/rdeewinery
Somers’ Own Summer’s High Opens for Saving Abel Feb. 22
Last but not least, yours truly, your friendly neighborhood Raven, will utilize the occasion of his birthday, Feb. 22, to reunite with some old chums and dusty off his trusty guitar when my band, Summer’s High, opens for national notables Saving Abel at The Still on Springfield Street in Agawam.
Other support acts include Reverend Dan & The Dirty Catechism, Odds of Eden.
In addition to primo vino and delectable edibles, Miss America herself (flanked by NCN’s Jen Phillips and Publisher Gary Carra), Camille Schrier, graced Mohegan Sun with her newly crowned presence during the annual Sunwine Fest on Jan. 25.