On Wednesday, I brought you some advice about choosing eco-friendly chocolates from Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, the authors of Celebrate Green. I had some questions that went beyond the chocolate when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day, and they were gracious enough to answer them for me.

The dinner

When asked whether they thought it was wiser, environmentally, to eat dinner in or out, they said it depends on your options in restaurants. If you have eco-friendly restaurants to choose from, farm-to-fork restaurants or ones that use organic foods, then they could be good options.

They did say, though, that if you eat at home you have more options and greater control over the ingredients that you choose. If you can’t afford to make your entire meal organically, then choose as many as you can in their organic form.

Cooking at home also gives you the option to have some fun with it. There are things that you can do at home that you can’t do in a restaurant (besides the obvious). They suggest eating in total silence, feeding each other each bite.

I asked them about the dish I’m planning to make, Steak Dianne, and Lynn and Corey suggested that if I had to limit the organic ingredients, the dairy and the garlic would be the most important to buy organically.

The wine

There has been some debate over the past year whether wines in glass bottles or wines in a box are more eco-friendly, Lynn and Corey (and I) don’t think that wine in a box fits the bill for Valentine’s Day. A  bottle is in order to help set the tone. Choosing organic or biodynamic wines are good choices for your Valentine’s dinner, but so are local wines.

I’ll have more information for you on Monday that may help you choose your wine for Valentine’s Day.

The gift

Gifts that don’t leave a big impact on the earth show your love all around. One suggestion they had for gifts for the ladies is jewelry from Smart Glass Jewelry. Artist Kathleen Plate has a line of recycled jewelry that is very pretty.

Lynn and Corey are dedicated to helping others learn how to learn how to green their holidays and celebrations. I want to thank them for taking the time to help us.

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