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February 3, 2009 11:45 AM

Love, everlasting -- might "buy" Valentine's dinner at Canlis' coveted Cache

Posted by Nancy Leson

I don't know about you, but every time I visit Canlis (where I had a fabulous birthday dinner last month), I find myself making a visit to the city's most elegant loo. And each time I'm in there powdering my nose, I can't help but recline on the fancy chaise lounge and make like Babs Streisand in "Funny Girl." You know: the part where she's playing Fanny Brice to Omar Sharif's natty Nicky Arnstein, and asks: "Isn't this the height of non-cha-lance: foin-ish-ing a bed in rest-au-rants!"

Well, the always generous Canlis family are foin-ishing some Valentine's Day fun for a special "golden couple" -- compliments of the house. Here's the deal:

Nominate yourself or another duo whose relationship has flourished for 50 years or longer. Tell Canlis, in 50 words or less, the "golden secret" to a lasting marriage. (My suggestion? Separate vacations! -- just kidding, Hon!). Submit the nominees' names, contact info and length of relationship via e-mail to by Tuesday, February 10. Winners will be notified by 6 p.m. on February 11 and must be able to attend the dinner on V-Day: Saturday, February 14th. (Sorry, the rest of you: Canlis is sold out that night -- restaurateurs everywhere should be so lucky.)

And speaking of luck, one happy couple will be chosen to dine, alone, on chef Jason Franey's Valentine's Tasting Menu in the much-coveted Cache -- a spectacular "treetop niche" with a single table and a stellar view of Lake Union and the Cascades. While sipping the glorious grape from Riedel's finest stemware, they'll be personally served in cozy quarters featuring a table-for-two and (just like Fanny and Nicky!) a luxurious chaise lounge.

So, how much would this charmed meal cost if one were buying it? Let's just say that the private Cache is often a big-ticket item at charity auctions around town, where dinner a deux is known to fetch bids of $5000 or more.

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