Our friends at Labor 411 have once more come through with suggestions on how to enjoy a festive occasion that bears a union label. This week it’s Valentine’s Day and Labor 411 has a couple of ideas. If you’re a couple who wish to dine on the town in Los Angeles or San Francisco, check out the appropriate links to union-served restaurants. Or, if you and your loved one prefer to dine in for an extra intimate meal, see Labor 411’s suggestions below – likewise, if you’re in search of champagne and chocolates. Now, if only Labor 411 could somehow make Tax Day festive.

A Union-Made Dinner for Two

Make it for her, make it for him, or make it together! Any way you cook it up, we’ve got a dinner for two that it sure to spread the love. Labor 411 has put together a simple, yet delicious union-made Italian spread that pairs perfectly with a little bit of candlelight and your significant other for this Valentine’s Day.

• Pasta (American Beauty, Skinner, Ronzoni, San Giorgio, Catelli)pasta
• Pasta Sauce (Classico, Prego, Catelli)
• Parmesan Cheese (President’s Choice)
• Wine (C.K. Mondavi, Balletto, Chateau St. Michelle, Gallo of Sonoma)
• Salad (Fresh Express, Hidden Valley Salad Kits, Mann’s Vegetables, Eurofresh)
• Salad Dressing (Ken’s, Hidden Valley)
• French Bread (Purchase at a union grocery store)

Sweets & Bubbly

What makes chocolate and champagne an even sweeter combination? Well, if you’re sharing them with your sweetheart, yes, but we were thinking union made. And if you really want to impress her or him, make a batch of these cupcakes; no guarantees that your special one will share.

Chocolate:cork
• See’s Candy
• Russell Stover
• Ghirardelli Chocolates
• Hershey Kisses and Hugs

Champagne:
• Andre
• Cook’s
• Eden Roc
• J. Roget
• Jacques Bonet
• Jacque Reynard
• JFJ
• Le Domaine
• Tott’s
• Wycliff

This piece first appeared in capitalandmain.com