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Winter Wine Tasting

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Winter Wine Tasting

Sunday, February 19, 3-5pm
Hosted by Brennan Downey, Downey Selections
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Join us for a taste of some rare Italian wines.  Hosted by Brennan Downey of Downey Selections, you’ll experience 15 rare wines from 9 regions of Italy.  The cost of the tasting is $35 per person which includes light antipasti prepared by Chef Patierno.  

Dal Maso Durello Sparkling NV
Orsolani Cuvee Tradition 2011
Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino Brut Rose NV
Di Lenardo Ribolla Gialla 2014
Nuragico Vermentino 2015
Martusciello Ottouve Gragnano 2015
Di Lenardo Refosco 2014
Nuragico Cannonau 2014
Dal Maso Tai Rosso “Colpizzarda”2012
St Paul’s Schiava 2014
Vietti Barbera d’Alba “Scarrone” 2013
Guicciardini Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2011
Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2011
Tenuta Mazzolino Moscato 2015
Orsolani Sule Passito 2006

Cooking Class, Italian, Girasole, The Plains, VA

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30pm
Antipasti & Soups
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

Come enjoy a cooking demonstration by Chef Patierno, followed by dinner.  On February 7 at 6:30pm, Chef Patierno will demonstrate antipasti and several regional Italian soups.  Then on March 7 at 6:30pm, we’ll feature the ever-popular pasta making!  Come learn some new dishes, enjoy a nice dinner following the cooking demonstration, and perhaps make new friends.  The cost is $85 per person, which includes dinner, or 3 classes can be purchased for $225.  To make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 540-253-5501.

Valentine’s Day Weekend - Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, VA, Haymarket, Salamander Resort

Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day

4 Course, Fixed Price Menu
Tuesday, February 14, 5-10pm
Cost: $85 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity

Valentine’s Day at Girasole
Treat your Valentine to a delicious four course meal prepared by Chef Patierno and enjoy the romantic ambiance of our dining room created by Lydia Patierno. The cost of the four-course dinner is $85 per person, exclusive of tax, beverages, and gratuity. The menu options are:

First Course:
Local Oysters Florentine
Beef Carpaccio
Burrata with Microgreens
Winter Soup
Bresaola with Piemontese Ricotta and Kinlock Farms Local Honey

Second Course:
Baby Arugula with Shaved Parmesan and Artisanal Olive Oil
Classic Caesar Salad
Fennel Salad with Blood Oranges and Mediterranean Olives
Frisee with Anchovy Dressing and Gorgonzola Crostini

Third Course:
Taleggio Ravioli with Aged Balsamic
Braised Short Ribs in Barolo with Creamy, herbed Polenta
Venison Medallions in a Brandied Cherry Sauce with Local Mushrooms
Housemade Lasagna Bolognese
Pistachio Encrusted Local Trout with a Lemon Sauce
Pappardelle with Braised Cinghiale

Fourth Course:
Housemade Pastries, Gelato, and Sorbetti

Reservations are required. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation!

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30pm
Pasta Making
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

Come enjoy a cooking demonstration by Chef Patierno, followed by dinner. On February 7 at 6:30pm, Chef Patierno will demonstrate antipasti and several regional Italian soups. Then on March 7 at 6:30pm, we’ll feature the ever-popular pasta making! Come learn some new dishes, enjoy a nice dinner following the cooking demonstration, and perhaps make new friends. The cost is $85 per person, which includes dinner, or 3 classes can be purchased for $225. To make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 540-253-5501.

Wine Tasting, Girasole, The Plains, VA

Tour of Italy Wine Tasting

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Tour of Italy Wine Tasting

Sunday, January 29, 3-5pm
Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines
Cost: $35 per person

Join us for a winter tour of wines from all over Italy.  Hosted by the ever-popular and engaging Max Evans of Siema Wines, this will be a fun afternoon exploring the various Italian wine-making regions.  As always, Chef Patierno will feature light antipasti and the following wines will be poured and available for purchase at very competitive retail prices.  A 10% discount will apply to all case and mixed-case purchases.  The cost is $35 per person, exclusive of gratuity. Call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.
 
Lovisolo Nebbiolo Rose Brut  NV
Ze Becco Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2015
Durin Pigato Riviera Ligure 2015
Alcesti Grillo Sicilia 2015
Elisabetta Vermentino Toscano 2015
La Cappuccina Soave “San Brizio” Barrique 2013
La Cappuccina 100% Corvina Rose 2015
Vill’ D Toscana Rosso 2013
Mottura Negroamaro 2014
Colsanto Rosso Montefalco 2013
Alessi Chianti Classico Gold “Cennatoio”  2011
Baracchi Sangiovese DOC Cortona “Smeriglio” 2012
Fay Sforzato Valtellina Ronco Del Picchio 2010
Begali Amarone “Ca’Bianca” 2010
Kellerei Kalter Moscato Rosa “Rosenmuskateller” 2015
 

Mystery Dinner, The Plains VA, Girasole

4 Course Mystery Dinner

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4 Course Mystery Dinner

Sunday, January 15, 6:30pm
Hosted by John & Holli Todhunter,
Three Fox Vineyards
Cost: $70 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

The Paris Express runs daily between Paris and Zurich in Switzerland, a 6 ½ hour trip by luxury train.  On this trip, a special guest has promised to provide a tasting of wines at brunch in the First Class dining car, but alas the special guest never shows up for the tasting. Get clues and help solve the mystery while enjoying the following four courses by Chef Patierno and wine pairings by Three Fox Vineyards.
 
Belgian endive with Brie Crostino
La Boheme Viognier
 
Gnocchi Parisienne
Calabrese Pinot Grigio
 
Salmon with Sole Mousse
Signor Sangiovese Reserve
 
Soufflé
Gatto Bianco

The cost for this entertaining dinner is $70 a person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.  We hope you’ll join us for this evening of fun and deliciousness.  To make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 540-253-5501.

 

Cooking Class

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Cooking Class
Dishes of Sicily with Guest Chef DeVivo
Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

A cooking class of classic Sicilian dishes will be held Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm.

Guest Sicilian Chef, The Plains VA, VA, The Plains, Girasole

4 Course Tasca d’Almerita Wine Dinner

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4 Course Tasca d’Almerita Wine Dinner

Thursday, January 19, 6:30pm
With Guest Chef Ludovico DeVivo
Cost: $85 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Girasole is thrilled to partner with Tasca d’Almerita and warmly welcomes Chef Ludovico DeVivo from Sicily.  Chef DeVivo, along with Pasty Chef Gabrielle, will cook along with Chef Patierno and bring you not one but TWO events. A cooking class of classic Sicilian dishes will be held Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm.  The following night, Thursday, January 19th, Girasole will host a four course Tasca d’Almerita Wine Dinner.  This $85, fix-priced meal, will include antipasti and Tasca d’Almerita Regaliali Bianco to whet your appetite for the four courses to come, each paired with Sicily’s Tasca d’Almerita wines.
 
Lamb skewers
Lamuri Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC

Risotto alla Norma
Rosso del Conte Contea di Scalfani DOC
 
Pan-sautéed sea bass with parsley sauce, swiss chard, and anchovy
Grillo Cavallo delle Fate Sicilia DOC
 
Sicilian Cannolo
Diamante Passito Sicilia IGT
 
Space is limited for both events.  Call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make your reservation. *Menus subject to availability

 

Christmas Eve Dinner

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Christmas Eve Dinner
Saturday, December 24, 4-9:30pm
Featuring the dinner menu with festive chef specials

We want to make your holiday season memorable and delicious!  We hope that you’ll dine with us for either Christmas Eve, with seatings from 4-9:30 pm, or for New Year’s Eve dinner.  On Christmas Eve, we will be featuring the Dinner Menu with a festive array of seasonal chef specialties, such as housemade chitarrini with lobster, pan-seared veal chop with fresh herbs, and halibut with local mushrooms.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

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New Year’s Eve Dinner
4 Course, Fixed-Price Dinner
Saturday, December 31, Seatings from 5-10pm
Cost: $90 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity

For New Year’s Eve, we will be featuring a four-course, fixed-price dinner with seatings from 5-10pm.  Chef Patierno will be offering the following options for each of the four courses:

Appetizer selections:
Olives all’Ascolana
Lamb skewers
Speck and radicchio risotto
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and walnuts
Butternut squash ravioli

Salad selections:
Fennel salad
Arugula salad
Radicchio Trevise

Entree selections:
Seafood ravioli
Venison medallions
Chestnut stuffed rabbit
Halibut wrapped in prosciutto
Lasagna Bolognese
Pappardelle al Chinghiale
Veal medallions vespucci

Housemade Desserts

To make a reservation, call 540-253-5501. Space is limited. Menu is subject to change based on availability.