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Date Night: Explore downtown Elkhart on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is still a few weeks away, but reservations are going fast at local eateries.

Artisan, the new high-end restaurant at 505 S. Main St., will be a hot spot Feb. 14. Tables for two are still available — but only at 9:30 p.m. or later.

  • MAKE RESERVATIONS: Call the restaurant at 574-355-3355.

Don’t mind the late dinner? Wine and Canvas is sure to keep you entertained with a paint brush and cocktail in the meantime.

The Elkhart studio, located at 409 S. Main St., is offering two “Date Night” specials from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14 to mark the holiday.

A painting is spread over two canvases and each person paints half of it. The two canvases can then be hung together to create a single picture.

Spots are still open in the “Ode to 50 Shades” class, where participants will paint a picture with wine, a mask and a tie — a reference to the romance novel and film “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Couples can also choose to paint “Love Tree” which features a tree limb with hearts as leaves and two love birds perched on a branch.

The cost of each session is $35 per person. Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages are available for purchase.

Stash your paintings somewhere safe to allow them to dry, and walk one block south to find your table at Artisan.

Heads up: dinner may be pricey. The tasting menu is $60, with an additional $50 for wine pairings, and the average check comes out around $80. But Yelp reviewers and Flavor 574 food critic Marshall King say it’s worth it (look for Marshall’s review in Monday’s edition of The Elkhart Truth).

Need more date night options? Check out Flavor 574’s restaurant guide.

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