Chocolate and Valentine's Day are so inextricably linked, it's not surprising that local businesses are stocking up on the sweet stuff for next month's romance-a-thon. Workers at Carytown's splendid boutique For the Love of Chocolate are busily wrapping gift boxes of confections. Nearby, its new neighbor, Carytown Cupcakes, has rolled out a gift item for the Feb. 14 (or anytime) holiday, using candies from For the Love as toppings. A dozen minicupcakes dipped in chocolate ganache and topped with truffles are boxed with seasonal M&Ms. See carytown-cupcakes.com for details. Diane North and Dawn Schick operate the business, which faces Colonial Avenue, at 2820-C W. Cary St. 355-2253.
Good to be BlasAc: A recent chef turnaround at Dd33 Asian Bistro puts a familiar face in the restaurant's open kitchen. Ed BlasAc, recently of now-closed Edible Garden in Goochland, is ramping up the local food offerings at Dd33, working his connections with local purveyors to add bison short ribs from Wild T Bison in Haynesville and pork shanks from Brookview Farm in Goochland. BlasAc's potent desserts also are getting new Asian flavor combinations to play up the chic Eastern atmosphere at the Short Pump bistro. 3601-A Cox Road. 747-8333. dd33va.com.
Game on: Chef Philip Denny presents a wild game dinner Jan. 24 at Six Burner Restaurant. Pheasant, wild boar, hare and a game fish will be featured; the tariff is $45 per person, tax and gratuity are extra. Seating is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 1627 W. Main St. 353-4060. sixburner.net.
Sully on hiatus: F.W. Sullivan's, the bar that replaced Easy Street at 2401 W. Main St. a couple months ago, has temporarily closed. Word is it must reapply for its ABC license because of ownership changes. Its Facebook page says the business closed Jan. 7 to make some necessary upgrades, but will be open next week. Liquor sales should certainly qualify.
Understanding ecology: Tricycle Gardens presents a lecture and discussion series alternating Wednesdays from Jan. 27-June 2, 7-9 p.m. Topics include urban ecology and eco-literacy; food and food access, building permaculture, the ecology of health and nutrition, local agriculture, and related topics. The series is limited to 25 participants, features different lecturers each session, and costs $200, which includes course materials and the closing dinner. Single sessions are $25 each on a space-available basis. 211 W. Seventh St. 231-7767. tricyclegardens.org.