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Valentine’s Day for procrastinators

Redmoon Theater's Marie Antoinette serves chocolate cake to guests at the gala on February 5, 2011. by French Pastry School, on Flickr

Redmoon Theater's Marie Antoinette serves chocolate cake to guests at the 2011 gala.

Valentine’s Day is upon us and you haven’t made plans? Tell your sweetie you’ve booked space for a belated celebration at one of these upcoming events:

  • Chefs, confectioners, and entertainers to light up the halls of the Merchandise Mart during “For the Love of Chocolate,” a benefit for the French Pastry School’s scholarship program. Sweet and savory bites from Chicago’s best chefs, Venetian Carnival themes with Redmoon Theatre, dancing to DJs, a full chocolate bar, space age concoctions and more. 7 p.m. Feb. 25, $200.

  • Dolce Casa Cafe in Ravenswood, with Provenance, hosts a four-course Post-Valentine Dinner featuring Vinejoy wine pairings from the Central Coast, and a menu crafted by Chef Ross Outten, including pear and gorgonzola soup; lobster and mango salad; seared duck breast with fig and balsamic glaze; and Black Forest gateau. Seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, $100. Contact Provenance for reservations.