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Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 5
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s make a homemade dinner for two (or three or four…)! 

Enjoy a scrumptious Valentine’s meal on February 5 from the comfort of your home, partially prepared by you and award-winning Chef Danilo Orofino – owner of Orofino in Fredericksburg. Chef will guide you through the final preparations of a delicious four-course meal, paired with three hand-selected Italian wines from our friends at Impero Wine Distributors VA. 



  • Deadline: Purchase tickets by January 26, 2023 to guarantee delivery of your freshly prepared ingredients. 
  • Pick Up: Please head to Paula Manion’s house, 7903 Scott Court, Springfield, VA 22153 on February 5th between 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST. 
  • Delivery: This service is available for those within a 30-mile radius of Lorton, VA (see cost and sign up details below). 
  • Zoom livecast: The link and other prep instructions will be emailed to you on February 5th. Be prepared to join online by 6:00 pm EST.  
  • Bonus!: We’re delighted to share that this year’s dinner features a very special twist: One lucky winner will welcome Chef to their home and together, they will prepare their Valentine’s meal during the livecast (see option to enter to win below). 
  • Beneficiary: Proceeds will go to Our Stomping Ground to expand access to affordable housing and community to adults with disabilities – that’s amore! 


  • $225 for two people (includes meal preparation basket and three hand-selected Italian fine wines)
  • $20 for delivery within a 30-mile radius of Lorton, VA. (Select this option at check out) 
  • $25 to enter the draw and “win” Chef Danilo who will join you at home where together you will prepare your meal! 


Appetizer: Meat and cheese platter 

1st Course: Polenta ed Agnello

  • Fried parmesan and rosemary polenta served with lamb lollipops and drizzled creamy truffle sauce

2nd Course: Gnocchi zafferano e porcino

  • Gnocchi in creamy saffron sauce with porcini mushrooms

3rd Course: Please select your preference.

  • Meat option: Brasato di Manzo (braised short ribs ragu) served over saffron mashed potato 
  • Vegetarian option: Eggplant parmesan

4th Course: Chocolate profiteroles

  • Cream puffs surrounded by vanilla and chocolate cream 

You will need the following items to prepare your dinner: 

  • Oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sauté pan, aluminum foil, cutting board, knife, salt and pepper, extra virgin olive oil, six plates for serving, two wine glasses, wine key



Chef Danilo Orofino, owner of Orofino restaurant in Fredericksburg, VA, studied culinary arts in his native Sicily where he opened his first restaurant at the age of 18 and went on to become a chef at Eataly in Manhattan, New York. He’s passionate about great food, Italian culture, and creating unique dining experiences.

Roberto D’Onofrio owns Impero Wine Distributors based out of Lorton, VA. Impero specializes in Italian wines and alongside Chef Danilo, has graciously supported our previous (and highly successful) wine and dinner fundraising events.