Valentine’s Day is coming on February 14, and it’s a perfect time for you and your special someone to come celebrate at Verde Kitchen and Cocktails. Although many just consider Valentine’s Day a commercial holiday (bah humbug!) it actually has a long history based in legend and lore.
Valentine’s Day has traditions dating all the way back to Roman days. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three martyrs named Valentine or the older name Valentinus. One legend of Valentinus is that of a priest who defied Emperor Claudius in the third century of Roman rule after Claudius outlawed marriage under the pretext that single men made better soldiers. Valentinus reportedly ignored the decree and continued to perform marriages, resulting in his death.
Other legends of Valentinus include a rescuer of Christians from violent Roman prisons, and of a Valentine who sent the first “Valentine” after falling in love with a young girl, perhaps the jailor’s daughter. According to legend, he sent his love a letter signed “from your Valentine” which is a phrase still used today on Valentine’s Day cards. The origins of Valentine’s Day may be shrouded in history, but by the Middle Ages Valentine would become one of the most popular saints who appealed to people as a romantic and sympathetic hero.
Another legend involves attempts to “Christianize” the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalia. This celebration occurred at the Ides of February or February 15, and was a celebration of the Roman god Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and to Romulus and Remus who were the founders of Rome.
At Verde Kitchen and Cocktails, we are happy to continue the tradition of Valentine’s Day with our extraordinary Mexican cuisine. In addition, our chef will be preparing specials you are sure to enjoy, but we will keep them a secret until you get here. We also have a diverse menu of tacos, ceviche, meat and fish entrees, amazing sides, and an extensive cocktail selection including tequila and mezcal choices. So come celebrate your love at Verde Kitchen and Cocktails in Bay Shore. Make a reservation by phone at (631) 665-6300 or on our website.