According to The History Channel, “Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the ‘Mother of the Valentine,’ made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as ‘scrap.’”
In addition to cards, Valentine’s Day is a time for couple to exchange candy, flowers and jewelry, along with the tradition of the romantic dinner out on the town.
Over the past 110 years, Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub in historic downtown Marshall, Michigan has welcomed thousands of couples celebrating Valentine’s Day—as well as first dates, marriage proposals, weddings and anniversaries—over decadent meals, desserts and cocktails.
Second-generation owner Win Schuler was regarded as a hopeless romantic. It is said that if he noticed a couple enjoying a romantic evening together in the dining room, he would often duck back into the kitchen to create a “Lovers’ Salad” and deliver the plate himself to the table with a wink—pointing out that the salad was “only good for a few hours!”
According to page 38 of Schuler’s Fresh & Warm Memories (Huron River Press, 2004), The “Lovers’ Salad,” received particular attention from customers and the staff alike. “Never served to unescorted men,” said one menu notation. “Only good for four hours,” advertised another. One guest was even said to have placed a sign on his hotel room door saying “Do not disturb; I’ve just had a Lovers’ Salad at Win Schuler’s.”
When asked about the unique taste of the salad—a mixture of greens, bacon, toasted almonds, sliced mushroom caps, and other garnishes with a house-made sweet and sour dressing—Win explained facetiously, “I put my heart into it.”
Schuler’s Valentine’s weekend dinner specials include the famous Lovers’ Salad, as well as steak, lobster tails, crab-stuffed walleye, and a featured dessert made from scratch in the Schuler’s bakery, in addition to the full dinner menu. A variety of sparkling wine and cocktail specials will also be offered.
Reservations for Valentine’s weekend are recommended by calling (269)781-0600.
View our Valentine’s Dinner Menu Here – Available 2/14/19-2/16/19