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Truffle Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, Haymarket

6 Course White Truffle Dinner

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6 Course White Truffle Dinner

Sunday, November 12, 6:30pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira, G.D. Vajra Winery
Cost: $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Lydia-Lou-Francesca Vaira - Truffle Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, HaymarketOur White Truffle Dinner is more than an annual tradition, it’s the celebration of two families from two continents that share a love of meaningful connections over food and wine. Sixteen years ago, The Vaira and Patierno families were introduced by the late wine importer, David Bryant. Within minutes, Joel Patierno, son of Lydia and Lou, was working at the G.D. Vajra Winery. A few years later, daughter Gabriella followed. Aldo and Milena, owners of G.D. Vajra Winery soon introduced Lydia and Lou to Ezio, a prized truffle hunter in the Piedmont region. Soon an annual dinner tradition was born with the first White Truffle Dinner held at Panino restaurant.

 

Truffle Hunting, Truffle Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, HaymarketAgain this year, Francesca Vaira, daughter of Aldo and Milena, will host the event. Ezio’s famed white truffle of the Piedmont region will be featured in each of the six courses, paired with wines from G.D. Vajra Winery. Each wine will be introduced by Francesca and Jason Bise of The Country Vintner. The six-course menu and G.D. Vajra wine pairings follows:

 

 

 

Roasted Cauliflower Fonduta
J.C. Claré 2016

Housemade Tortellini in Brodo with a Poached Farm Egg
Bianco (Riesling) 2015

Piedmontese Carnaroli Risotto
Dolcetto d’Alba ‘Coste & Fossati’ 2015

Maine Lobster Poached in Butter
N.S. della Neve Rosé Brut

Chicken Involtini
Luigi Baudana Cerretta 2012 and
Barolo Ravera 2013

Hazelnut Torta with White Truffle Gelato
Moscato d’Asti 2016

Truffle Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, HaymarketEach pairing is specifically chosen for the course. Of note, the N.S. della Neve Rose Brut has roots to our area. In 1787, Thomas Jefferson, Ambassador to France at the time, stopped in Turin to taste Nebbiolo for the first time. He described the wine as “about as sweet as the silky Madeira, as astringent on the palate as Bordeaux, and as brisk as Champagne.” Being in love with wine, G.D Vajra uses a “Metodo Classico” that embraces this ancient and forgotten history to produce a fragrant sparkling wine, unveiling in the nose and palate the decisive character of the Nebbiolo and the gentle elegance of Pinot Noir. If in Charlottesville, you can find the fourth course pairing, N.S. della Neve Rosé Brut, at the Monticello gift shop! Of course, you can also purchase any of the featured wines at the dinner.

Space for the White Truffle Dinner is limited. We hope you’ll join us for this elegant celebration of food, family, and wine. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

Thanksgiving at Girasole

Thankgsiving Dinner

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Thursday, November 23
Seatings from Noon-5 pm
Cost: $75 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity

Join family and friends, enjoy a wonderful meal, and terrific wines but let us do the work for you!  Chef Patierno’s Thanksgiving menu will feature the perfect selection for everyone.  Whether you want a traditional holiday meal or something slightly different but still seasonal, he’s sure to please with the following selections.

Antipasti
Oysters Florentine 
House Smoked Faroe Island Salmon
  Oxtail & Porcini Ravioli
Burrata with Tuscan Olive Oil
Autumn Soup

Insalate
Caesar
Local House Greens
Arugula, Sliced Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnuts

Piatti Principale
Traditional Roasted Turkey
  Chapel Hill Farm Rose Veal
Venison Medallions with Brandied Cherries
  Wild Rockfish, Pan-Seared with Local Mushrooms

  Dolci e Gelati
Selection of House Made Desserts

* Menu is subject to availability

Reservations will be taken for seatings between noon and 5pm.  Space is limited. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

Holiday Gift, Wine & Art Sale

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Holiday Gift, Wine & Art Sale
Sunday, December 3, 12-5pm

Join us on Sunday, December 3, from 12-5pm and let us help make your holiday season a little easier.  We will have specialty Italian items, such as ceramics, soap stones, olive oils, reserve wines (including some signed GD Vajra magnum-sized bottles!) that are perfect for your holiday list.  We’ll also have gift certificates and baskets complete with wine, imported Italian specialities, artisanal olive oil, bread, and tastings of house smoked meats and fish.  Of course, our event wouldn’t be complete without featuring the wonderful art of Robert Patierno, brother of Chef Louis Patierno, whose art can be seen throughout Girasole!

So, please mark your calendars, bring your holiday list, enjoy a glass of wine with us, and get all of your shopping done early!

Cooking Class - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, Haymarket

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, October 17, 6:30pm
Classic Fall Dishes
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

Join Chef Patierno for a cooking class featuring classic Fall dishes, such as roasted butternut squash ravioli in sage butter. The cost of the class is $85 per person which includes dinner and wine pairings. To make a reservation, please call 540-253-5501.