Valentine’s day “dinner date” at The Venue

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Valentine’s day “dinner date” at The Venue

On February 14, 2014, The Venue owner and event planner Marta Bodenhorst and her team are hosting their first signature event: a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with wining, dining, and musical entertainment by members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

Featuring an art deco-inspired façade and spacious, two-story interior, The Venue at 21 North Market Street has been the staging ground for countless wedding parties, corporate meetings, and top Asheville fêtes and fund-raisers. Now, The Venue will get to play host.

“Since we have this beautiful space that goes unused part of the time, I have a background in event planning, and Steve Boeger is an incredibly talented chef that we’re lucky to have, it just makes sense to begin producing our own events,” says Bodenhorst. “We have all the components to be successful.”

On Friday, February 14, The Venue’s “Dinner Date” presents a cocktail hour with appetizers starting at 6 p.m., followed by a four-course meal with wine pairings at 7 p.m. Executive Chef Steve Boeger has prepared a decadent menu of items such as lamb popsicle appetizers with mint caviar, creamy lobster bisque, a sweet and savory cheese board, and charred beef tenderloin, among other delectable bites. Live music by cellist Ron Clearfield and violinists Andrew Pettigrew and Ginger Kowal, all members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, will entertain dinner guests. Cocktail attire is recommended; black tie is optional.

As an added touch, Bodenhorst offers a creative and romantic way for guests to invite their dates. Wine bottle vases bearing personalized invites on the labels come with three red roses. The invite package is $15, and for $25 The Venue staff will deliver the surprise invitation to your date.

Tickets are $150 per couple, or $120 by January 31.

The Valentine’s Day fête is the first in a series of Dinner Dates in the works for this independently owned establishment. For reservations, call The Venue at (828) 252-1101 ext. 305 or email


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