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Fundraising Dinner Set for Lorton Community Action Center

It's all happening on Thursday, June 14, at Pane e Vino.

Organizers are holding an Italian dinner for a good cause next week and you're invited. That's just what's in store at Lorton's  at next Thursday at 6 p.m., when a portion of the proceeds from the three-course wine dinner will be donated to the Lorton Community Action Center food bank. 

This is the third annual Pane e Vino/LCAC wine dinner, and $15 from the $55 meal will go to the non-profit. 

The Menu 

  • A mixed green arugula salad with shaved parmesan, lemon olive oil dressing, paired with a Prosecco (white Italian sparkling wine)
  • Jumbo-stuffed shrimp split and stuffed with crabmeat and drizzled with lemon rosemary sauce, paired with a Sauvignon Blanc from California
  • Hanger steak served with balsamic red onion reduction on a bed of blanch spinach, paired with a deep red Tempranillo from Argentina 
  • And for dessert, chocolate-covered figs served with Illy Coffee

Pane e Vino owner David Abella has a special reason for hosting the wine dinner. 

"I used to be a teacher and the head basketball coach at Hayfield High School, and when we opened in 2007, I tried to keep coaching and running the restaurant, but it was too much," Abella told Patch. "My plan was to open a restaurant in an area where I was already established, and try to stay involved with kids through the means of the restaurant, to be able to give back to the community. Through the LCAC, we can do that." 

Last year's wine dinner cost $75 and raised $1,000 for the LCAC. "We lowered the price to see if we can fill the restaurant to capacity," said Abella. "We have a room that seats 65 people." 

Raffle Prizes 

  • A large gift basket from
  • Washington Nationals baseball autographed by catcher Wilson Ramos
  • Gift certificates to Pan E Vino 
  • Cupcake gift certificate for

If you're interested in participating in the fundraising dinner, call Pane e Vino Ristorante at 571-642-0605 to make your reservation. 

The LCAC is in need of food donations. 

"Summer is our biggest time of need and supplies are at their lowest," Andrea Cochrane Tracey, LCAC's Development director, told Patch. "A lot of groups that organize food drives are understandably taking a break over the summer. While we still have access to the Capital Area Food Bank and grocery store donations, the number of private donations drops dramatically. We need everything.

"Right now, we're prepping our kid packs, which are healthy snacks and breakfast items for kids who are no longer getting free and reduced lunches at school because of the summer break. It can be a strain on some households," said Tracey. 

Suggested LCAC Kid Packs Donations

  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Oodles of Noodles
  • Spaghetti O's
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Fruit cups
  • Juice boxes

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