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A sweet deal: Tell us why you should win a Valentine's dinner for two at Mateo

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A quick jaunt through Open Table confirms what we already know: If you haven't already made a reservation for Valentine's Day, good luck snagging one.

Valentine's Day is one of the most popular nights of the year for dining out, and more often than not, it's an expensive proposition, but guess what? We're offering a complimentary dinner for two at Mateo, one of Boulder's top restaurants, and all you have to do to win is answer a very simple question.

In fourteen words, or less, tell us why you deserve to be the chosen couple.

As an added bonus, you don't actually have to take advantage of this sweet deal on Valentine's Day. The prix fixe dinner, the menu for which is on the next page, is available on February 11, 12 and 14. And you can choose your own reservation time.

Leave your love notes in the comment section below, and be sure to include your name and e-mail address so we can reach you in the event that we like your story the best.

We'll announce the winner on Monday.

Ready, set, wow us.

Hors d'oeuvrs

Choice of:

Parmesan and cauliflower pana cotta marcona almond, marinated escarole, fig confriture, house cured bacon lardons

Grilled crostini with warm burrata, sweet tomato sugo, and young basil watercress oil

Entree

Choice of:

Caramelized sea scallops, crisp pancetta, dill‐ricotta gnocchi, wild arugula, balsamic jam dry-aged Colorado beef filet mignon sauce bordelaise, creamed spinach soufflé and roasted fingerling potatoes

Sweet potato agnolotti with candied onion broth, swiss chard, star anise, aged goat Gouda and micro celery

Dessert

Choice of:

Banana's Foster almond shortbread, caramelized bananas, rum caramel and banana gelato

Bittersweet chocolate pot served warm with macerated berries and crème fraiche

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