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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.

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.

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

Fall Wine Tasting

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Fall Wine Tasting

Sunday, October 8, 3-5pm
Hosted by Jason Bise, The Country Vintner
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Join us for a Portuguese wine tasting by Jason Bise of The Country Vintner. Chef Patierno will feature light antipasti and the following wines: Please call the restaurant at 540.253.5501 to make a reservation.

Conde Villar Vinho Verde
Joao Portugal Ramos Alvarinho
Quinta Do Crasto Douro White
M.O.B. Dao Branco
M.O.B. Dao Tinto
Chocapalha Lisbon Tinto
Foz De Arouce Bairrada Tinto
Tapada De Villar Alentejo Reserva
Duorum Tons De Duorum
Duorum Colheita
Wine And Soul Manoella
Wine And Soul Pintas 14
Blandys Alvada Madeira
Ferreira Porto 20 Year Tawny
Quinta Dela Rosa Late Bottled Vintage

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

Fall Wine Tasting

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Fall Wine Tasting

Sunday, September 17, 3-5pm
Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines, this tasting will feature wines either produced in Italy, wines with Italian grapes, and even a few that were inspired by Italian winemaking tradition!   The cost is $35 per person, exclusive of tax, and includes light antipasti and the following wines. 

Paul D. Frizzante Rose of Zweigelt 2015
Domaine Vetriccie Ile de Beaute White 2016
Rocche Costamagna Langhe Arneis 2016
Barbi Orvieto Classico Abboccato 2016
Borgo San Daniele Friulano “Isonzo” 2015
Mas Laval Le Rose 2016
Vignamato Rosso Piceno 2016
Alcesti Nero d’Avola 2016
Domaine Vetriccie Ile de Beaute Red 2014
Pettrone Family Winery Sangiovese  2013
Corte Alla Flora Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  2013
O’lillo IGT Toscana, Baracchi 2015
Il Borro Toscana 2013
Tre Secoli Brachetto D’Acqui 2016

Please make a reservation by calling the restaurant in the afternoon at 540-253-5501.

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, September 19, 6:30pm
Cooking Seafood
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

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

Six Course White Truffle Dinner

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Six 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
Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Winery will once again host Girasole’s annual White Truffle Dinner.  The famed white truffle of the Piedmont region will be featured in each of the six courses, paired with wines from G.D. Vajra Winery. The cost is $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

The white or Alba truffle (because they are found in the city of Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy) is known for its enigmatic smell, with hints of fermented honey, hay, garlic, spices, and wet earth. At Girasole, our white truffles are hunted by Ezio and his prized dog, Jolly.  They are overnighted directly to us just before the dinner and it’s a package that we eagerly await each year because we know that Chef Patierno will transform simple ingredients into complex dishes with this aromatic and flavorful gem. The evening will start with cocktails and an antipasto of Baccalà Mantecato with aged Balsamic from Modena. Then Chef Patierno will feature the following courses, each with shaved white truffles and wine pairings by G.D. Vajra:

Roasted Cauliflower Fonduta
Housemade Tortellini in Brodo with a Poached Farm Egg
Piedmontese Carnaroli Risotto
Maine Lobster Poached in Butter
Chicken Involtini
Hazelnut Torta with White Truffle Gelato

Our fix-priced, six course meal with wine pairings by G.D. Vajra is an annual tradition at Girasole.  More than a dinner, it’s a celebration of rare tastes and flavors that give tribute to the Piedmont region.  Space is limited. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving Dinner

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

Wine Tasting - Girasole, he Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, Haymarket

Summer Wine Tasting

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Summer Wine Tasting

Sunday, July 23, 3-5pm
Hosted by Katie Dorazio, Dalla Terra
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Hosted by Katie Dorazio of Dalla Terra on our lovely patio, weather permitting.   Featuring light antipasti and the following wines.  Please call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

Adami Bosco di Gica Prosecco NV
Garofoli Serra del Conte Verdicchio 2016
Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2015
Inama Soave Classico 2015
Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio 2015
Chiarli Premium Vecchio Modena Lambrusco NV
Scaia Corvina Rosso 2015
Li Veli Passamante Salice 2015
La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2014
Vietti “Tre Vigne” Barbera 2015
Marchesi di Gresy Nebbiolo Langhe 2014
Badia Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2014
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013
Eleanor Estate Moscato di Pavia 2016

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30pm
Easy Dishes for Entertaining
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner