Winter-Themed Foodie Dates

Winter-Themed Foodie Dates

Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to connect with another person, but there are lots of alternatives to going to a restaurant (and worrying about whether or not you’re going to split the bill). Here are some winter-themed foodie date ideas that will inspire conversation over a shared interest of all things delicious. So, whether you're a fine-dining guru or an instant noodle connoisseur, here are some ways to add some spice to your dating journey.

Festive cooking class

Participating in a cooking class together is a great way to see if you share a spark. Sign up for a mince pie masterclass, biscuit decorating, macaron making, how to make the perfect roast or even festive bao buns workshops, which offer a hands-on, interactive experience. Cooking classes present the chance to work together and enjoy the results of your culinary efforts.

Coffee shop hopping

Coffee shops hold a particular appeal when it’s cold outside. Spend a morning hopping from one to the other, trying different types of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Each cafe has its own ambiance and specialty drinks, making this an easy, low-pressure way to get to know each other (and find out what they like to drink when they wake up).

Wine or craft beer tasting

Meeting at a bar is an obvious choice for a date, but if you’re keen to put a little more thought into the experience and your match likes to drink alcohol (always check in advance), suggest going to a wine bar or brewery for a tasting. Dates tend to go better when there is a shared activity rather than placing the focus on conversation. If you discover a wine or craft beer you like, there is always the option of buying some to enjoy at home after.

Farmers' market foray

A visit to a winter farmers’ market can be novel and fun. Wander through the stalls, sample local produce, and perhaps pick up ingredients to cook a meal together later. It’s a way to appreciate seasonal produce and enjoy a more laid-back, daytime date.

Homemade fondue night

String up some fairy lights and create a cozy, intimate setting at home with a DIY fondue night. Whether it's cheese fondue with an assortment of bread, pickles, and meats, or a chocolate fondue with fruits and marshmallows, this is an authentic winter foodie experience that is designed to be shared.

Winter picnic

Brave the cold with a winter picnic in the park or forest or by the sea. Pack a basket with sandwiches, and thermoses of soup or warm drinks like mulled wine or cider. Choose a scenic outdoor spot, bring along some blankets, and enjoy a meal surrounded by winter's beauty.

Food truck hopping

Find a food truck gathering or festival, which often continue into the winter months. It's a casual and fun way to try a variety of dishes and enjoy the lively atmosphere, even in colder weather.

Cookbook-inspired date

Choose a cookbook that interests both of you, and each pick a recipe to make together. This idea combines the fun of cooking with the excitement of trying new recipes, leading to a convivial homemade meal. If it all goes wrong? You’ll have something to laugh about and a reason to order takeaway.

Alternatively, buy a variety of fruits and veggies, sugar, spice and jars to turn into festive chutney. This is not only fun but also gives you both something to share with friends and family. Design your own labels to complete the project.

Winter warmer food ideas: dishes to warm the heart

They say that food is the way to people’s hearts so if you’re feeling creative in the kitchen, cooking a meal for a potential match is sure to impress. You could even go grocery shopping together and prepare dinner together. Here are some winter warmer food ideas to get you started…

Soups and stews

Butternut Squash Soup: Creamy, slightly sweet, and perfect for a chilly evening.

Beef Stew: Rich and hearty, with tender meat and vegetables.

French Onion Soup: Topped with melted cheese and crusty bread, it’s both comforting and sophisticated.

Casseroles and bakes

Shepherd's Pie: A filling and flavorful dish with mashed potatoes on top.

Lasagna: Layers of pasta, cheese, and a rich meat or vegetable sauce.

Mac and cheese: A classic comfort food, which can be dressed up with different cheeses or additions like truffle oil or bacon.

Roasted meats and vegetables

Roast Chicken: A whole chicken roasted with herbs and served with vegetables.

Root Vegetable Medley: Roasted carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes, seasoned with herbs.

Pork Tenderloin: Roasted or glazed with a winter-inspired sauce like apple cider or balsamic.

Slow cooker recipes

Pulled Pork or Beef: Slow-cooked to perfection, ideal for sandwiches or tacos.

Chicken Cacciatore: A savory Italian dish featuring chicken stewed in tomato sauce.

International favorites

Curry: A spicy and warming dish, which can range from Indian to Thai.

Ramen: Authentic Japanese ramen with a rich, steamy broth.

Holiday baking ideas: Sugar, spice and all things nice

Whether you want to bake something to win the heart of someone you admire or seek to indulge in a wholesome activity on a date, holiday baking is a sure way to make people smile. Here are some holiday baking ideas to get you started—just pop on your apron and gather your ingredients…

Gingerbread house decorating

Bake gingerbread pieces in advance and then spend the date assembling and decorating a gingerbread house using tubes of coloured icing. To make it easier you could buy a kit.

Cookie bake-off

Choose a variety of cookie recipes, like oat and raisin, snickerdoodles, or chocolate chip, and have a baking marathon. Decorate with festive icing and toppings. Your home will smell amazing too.

Holiday cupcakes

Bake a batch of cupcakes (red velvet, gingerbread, or vanilla) and decorate them with holiday-themed designs using frosting, sprinkles, and edible decorations.

Festive pies and tarts

Try making traditional pies or tarts, such as pumpkin pie, mince pies, or a pecan tart. Have a go at making the pastry yourself or buy it pre-rolled from the supermarket.

Speciality bread

Bake festive bread like date and walnut loaf, stollen, panettone, or cinnamon rolls. These breads can be more challenging, making the experience both educational and enjoyable.

Savory snacks

Roll out some pastry and make a selection of savory cheese sticks, sausage rolls, or mushroom vol au vons to snack on in front of a classic rom-com movie.