A Mason Valentine’s Day filled with food and wine specials

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By Graciella Oteto
Mason Times staff writer

As love is in the air, three Mason restaurants prepare for Valentine’s Day with drink specials, candy and special reservations this Friday.

Mason resident and employee at The Vault Delicatessen Sarah Thompson gets ready to continue her shift

Mason resident and employee at The Vault Delicatessen Sarah Thompson gets ready to continue her shift

The Vault Delicatessen, a family owned independent business, offers special wine orders, candy and gift cards. Along with daily popular items like the Three Cheese Semolina bread, the deli also contains various wines, including several Michigan products.

Mason resident and employee Sarah Thompson said the busiest time for business is usually during lunch.This year the deli is also selling new types of wine for the holiday, including one titled 50 Shades of Grey. “We’ve got Mason Blue too. Everyone is represented,” said Thompson.

Next to the deli and also owned by Jamie and Scott Robinson is Bestsellers Books and Coffee, which specializes in latte art for Valentine’s Day.

Latte art prepared by Chris Wardell

Latte art prepared by Chris Wardell

“Customers really appreciate the latte art we do,” said employee and Michigan State University alumni Chris Wardell.

With busiest times being 9 a.m. to noon, most customers tend to buy chocolate mochas and cappuccinos. The deli also has a candy station, books and minor jewelry that they sell daily.

The deli is the same as others offering specials for Valentine’s Day. Darb’s Tavern & Eatery is one with daily specials and live entertainment every weekend.

For Valentine’s Day, the eatery will serve a slow-roasted prime rib and chicken marsala, served with twice- baked potato, vegetables and garlic toast. Darb’s also has $6 pitchers of beer every Friday and $3 flavored vodka.

With the tavern being busiest on weekends, Darb’s does not take reservations on Fridays. Employee Katie Effner said the eatery is usually busiest during dinner time serving mostly local Mason residents and those in surrounding communities.

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