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You, Me, and Brie: A Valentine’s Day Party

Host a dreamy night in for your beau or a few close friends, complete with a supple wedge or wheel and some sweet tunes.  Below, find the culture-approved party plan for a vivacious Valentine’s Day, complete with a menu, timeline, and, of course, some festive tunes. 


Serve this cheese: Nettle Meadow Farm Kunik

Pop this cork: Sparkling rosé


  1. “I Get the Sweetest Feeling,” Jackie Wilson
  2. “Jump (for My Love),” Pointer Sisters
  3. “Cupid,” Sam Cooke
  4. Physical,” Olivia Newton John
  5. Lovefool,” The Cardigans
  6. “Hold You In My Arms,” Ray LaMontagne
  7. Kiss on My List,” Hall & Oates


THREE DAYS BEFORE: Shop; make playlist

TWO DAYS BEFORE: Make brisket and Coeur à la Crème

NIGHT BEFORE: Make mashed cauliflower

MORNING OF: Chill wine; set table

ONE HOUR BEFORE: Let cheese come to room temperature; assemble salad (dress just before serving); warm brisket and cauliflower

WHEN GUESTS ARRIVE: Pour sparkling rosé

Leigh Belanger

Leigh Belanger is culture's former food editor. She's been a food writer, editor, and project manager for over a decade— serving as program director for Chefs Collaborative and contributing to local newspapers and magazines. Her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, was published in 2012. She lives and cooks in Boston with her family.