Start your romantic night with a champagne cocktail, then sail towards a smoky iceberg lettuce salad, stuffed zucchini “boats” and a stunning rose cake for an epic Titanic-themed Valentine’s Day dinner that’s bound to keep your romance afloat.
Set against the backdrop of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the infamous luxury liner, Titanic is the story of how two mismatched kids from different decks really do find love in a hopeless place. The brief but epic romance between Rose (Kate Winslet), a wealthy, upper-deck American and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), a penniless steerage passenger, is bound to stay with you long after the hypothermia subsides and the tears dry.
Inspired by their illicit after-hours art session, when Rose instructs Jack to “draw me like one of your French girls,” this champagne cocktail is all class with a bit of an edge, thanks to the splash of gin and squeeze of zesty, fresh lemon.
Even the grand “unsinkable” ship was powerless against a jagged iceberg bobbing out of the icy waters of the Atlantic. Luckily you won’t have to risk your life, limb or life-long heartbreak with your slice of ice. This crisp iceberg wedge salad gets some heat with smoked chicken and creamy avocado dressed with smoked tomato aioli.
Carve out your own zucchini life “boats” and fill them with cheese, sausage and sauce and you’re guaranteed to stay afloat with your love.
Filet Mignon with Creamy Red Wine Sauce
This rich, decadent filet mignon and red wine sauce dish was inspired by one of the surviving menus from the real Titanic, and would have been a typical dinner option for an upper-deck passenger like Rose.
An homage to the complex and spirited Rose DeWitt-Bukater, this gorgeous ombré rose cake has multiple layers and takes a bit of patience to pull off. Make this show-stopping rose cake this Valentine’s Day to make up for hogging the proverbial lifeboat.