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

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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.

Truffle Dinner - Girasole

6 Course Annual Truffle Dinner

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6 Course Annual Truffle Dinner

Sunday, November 13, 6:30 pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira, GD Vajra
Cost: $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Our annual Truffle Dinner celebrates the famed white truffle from Italy’s Piedmont region.  Hosted by Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Wines, the white truffle of the Piedmont region will be featured in each of the six courses, paired with wines from G.D. Vajra Estate. The cost is $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Since Roman times, truffles have been hunted for both their aphrodisiac qualities and taste.  The white truffle, also referred to as the White Diamonds of Alba, found in the Piedmont region of Italy is known for its enigmatic smell, with hints of fermented honey, hay, garlic, spices, and wet earth. Girasole’s white truffles are hunted by Ezio and his prized, four-legged companion, Jolly.

Chef Patierno, always committed to using only quality ingredients, transforms the white truffle into complex dishes that show with one bite why the truffles have been prized for centuries. Girasole’s fix-priced, six course meal with wine pairings by G.D. Vajra will give tribute to the Piedmont truffles and will delight every palate.

Chef Patierno’s menu for 2016 is inspired by traditional regional Italian dishes and locally available, seasonal ingredients that highlight the flavors of the white truffle.

Featuring the following courses and wine pairings by G.D. Vajra:

Della Neve Nebbiolo Rose Brut N/V

Raviolo bergese e scaglie di tartufo bianco
Ricotta and local farm egg yolk ravioli with shaved white truffle
Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2013

Insalata verde dell’orto con capasanta e olio di tartufo bianco
Local greens with white truffle oil and seared Diver scallop
Riesling ‘Langhe Bianco’ 2015

Risotto alla Piemontese e scaglie di tartufo bianco
Piedmontese carnaroli risotto with shaved white truffle
Freisa ‘Kyé’ 2011

Cotoletta di vitello e scaglie di tartfufo bianco
Milk-fed veal chop with shaved white truffle
Barolo ‘Ravera 2011
Borolo ‘Bricco della Viole’ 20

Dolce al tartufo bianco
Moscati d’Asti 2015

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

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 pm
Classic Roman Dishes
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing


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Sunday, March 27
Reservations 12-4:30 pm
Serving the Dinner Menu and Seasonal Chef Specials

Join us on Sunday, March 27 for a wonderful Easter celebration!  Reservations will be taken from 12-4:30 pm.  Chef Patierno will be serving the dinner menu with seasonal specials. Pizza Rustica, Housemade Cappellacci Zucca, and rabbit with chestnuts will be featured here at Girasole, just as they are in various regions throughout Italy on this special holiday.  Reservations are required and may be made by calling 540-253-5501.

Murder in the Shadow of the Coliseum Interactive Mystery Dinner

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Sunday, March 20, 6:30 pm
Hosted by John & Holli Todhunter, Three Fox Vineyards
Cost: $70 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity


Join us for an evening of fun, mystery, and deliciousness on Sunday, March 20 at 6:30.  Hosted by John and Holli Todhunter of Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia, this three-course interactive dinner is sure to delight you and your palate. The following three courses and wine pairings by Three Fox Vineyards are included in the fixed-price of $70 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity.)

Fennel Salad with Shaved Carrots
Calabrese Pinot Grigio 2014

Penne Amatriciana
Volpe Sangiovese 2012

Saltimbocca Pollo alla Diavola
Trovatella Merlot 2014

Gelato Frutti di Bosca
Gatto Bianco (NV)

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 pm
Featuring 3 Regional Pasta Dishes
Cost: $85 per person, with pasta and wine pairings included

Winter Wine Tasting

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Explore the wines of Argentina and Chile on Sunday, February 28 from 3-5pm. Hosted by Jason Bise of The country Vintner, you’ll sample the following wines and enjoy light antipasti by Chef Patierno.

Tilia Torrontes, 2015
Leyda Sauvignon Blanc Classic, 2014
Gouguenheim Malbec Sparkling
Finca Sophenia Chardonnay Reserve, 2014
Leyda Pinot Noir, 2013
Familia Zuccardi Malbec ‘Series A’, 2014
Root 1 Heritage Red, 2013
High Note Andes Blend, 2012
Catena Cabernet Franc, 2012
El Enemigo Bonarda, 2011
Santa Luz Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Gran Reserva’, 2013
Familia Zuccardi Cabernet, 2012
Terranoble Carmenere ‘Gran Reserva’, 2011
Cousino Macul ‘Finis Terrae’, 2011
Catena ‘Alta’ Malbec, 2012

Avignonesi Wine Dinner

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Hosted by Giuseppe Santarelli of Avignonesi, this $90 fixed-priced dinner will be held on Sunday, March 13th at 6:30 pm.  The 5 courses and Avignonesi wine pairings will be:

La Staffa Verdicchio di Castelli de Jesi 2013

Venison Medallions with Brandied Cherries
Desiderio 2011

Quail with Winter Risotto
Vino Nobile de Montepulciano 2012

Braised Short Rib in Red Wine Sauce with Creamy Herbed Polenta
Griffi 2011(Cabernet & Sangiovese)