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Couples Enjoy A "Pricey" Valentine's Meal

South Burlington, Vermont - February 14, 2008

It was a Valentine's Day to remember for ten local couples who enjoyed a free dinner Thursday night in a very unique setting. It was not at a fancy restaurant but it was at a place known for affordable food.

As shoppers perused the aisles looking for fruits and frozen foods, ten couples enjoyed a hot dinner at the Price Chopper grocery store. No, not a rotisserie chicken or fries, but a four course meal. The event is part of Price Chopper's February emphasis on heart-health meals.

To promote the dinner Price Chopper teamed up with radio stations WOKO and WJOY. Couples won their meals through radio contests.

"People were kind of shy at that at first and then when they realized they were going to get a four course meal and it was heart-healthy they said, 'Sure we'll do it,'" said WOKO host, The Cowboy.

Some people who called the stations decided to give up their prizes once they realized the dinner was at Price Chopper but others were intrigued by the idea.

"When I heard it on the radio I just, I thought it was a nice idea to have dinner. When they said Price Chopper it was kind of curiosity," said Jean Barker, who attended the dinner with her husband. "It's kind of neat with all the flowers and those pink squiggly things over there and just the way they're set up, it's nice."

While eating Valentine's Day dinner in a grocery store may sound like a joke, the food was anything but a laughing matter. Diners enjoyed four courses, including a meticulously prepared main dish of pineapple, pork, asparagus and couscous.

"I think it was fantastic," commented Sharon Robarge. "I think they did a really good job on it."

This wasn't the first unique Valentine's Day for Robarge and her husband Stephen. Six years ago he proposed to her at a bowling alley. This year it was her turn to surprise him with a night out at the grocery store.

"It's nice to be with her and what she did here for me - Valentine's - that was very nice," said Stephen Robarge. He then turned to his wife and wished her a "Happy Valentines."

Each couple left the dinner with a dozen roses, a box of dark chocolates, a heart-healthy cookbook and memories of a very unique Valentine's Day dinner.

Bianca Slota - WCAX News

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