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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.

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.

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.

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 pm
The Art of Making Risotto
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing

European Wine Tasting

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Sunday, October 18, 3-5 pm
Hosted by Michael Downey Selections
Cost: $35 per person

Featuring light antipasti and the following wines:
Casas del Mar Cava Blanc de Blanc Brut NV
Gaspard Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013
Pilet Bordeaux Blanc 2014
Sulin Chardonnay 2014
Lucashof Riesling Qba 2014
Vigneau Chevreau Vouvray “Silex” 2014
Chateau Eulalie Monervois Rose 2014
Flos Pinoso Alicante 2013
Chateau Blouin Bordeaux 2012
Clos Siguier Cahors (Malbec) 2012
Degani Ripasso “Cicilio” 2013
Chapoutier/Bila Haut Cotes du Roussillon 2014
Raspail Ay Gigondas 2012
Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
Poppiano Vin Santo “Della Torre Grande 2007

OysterFest

OysterFest

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Throughout the month of February, we will be featuring oysters from Prince Edward Island, the Northern Atlantic, and the Chesapeake Bay.  Served raw on the half-shell or cooked, such as Oysters Florentine, if you love these briny bi-valves, join us for OysterFest.  Whether you like them mild, briny, or buttery, Chef Patierno will have the perfect oyster for every palate.  Enjoy a classic gin martini or a glass of Prosecco, and treat yourself to something special during this cold winter month. Oyster selections and prices will vary based on availability.  Ask your server for details.