Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is hosting members of Virginia’s congressional delegation at the Executive Mansion Thursday night for dinner for the first time.

Those expected include: Republicans Reps. Eric Cantor, Morgan Griffith, Scott Rigell, Robert Hurt, Bob Goodlatte and Democrats Bobby Scott and Gerry Connolly.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) will attend a dinner at the Executive Mansion Thursday hosted by Gov. Bob McDonnell. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

At least five of the congressmen’s wives are attending as well.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin called the dinner a purely social event and said there’s no specific policy agenda.

“It is an opportunity for the members of the delegation and the governor to get to know each other better as they continue their joint work on behalf of the citizens of Virginia,’’ he said.

The governor and his guests will feast on mixed greens and fresh fruit with lemon basil vinaigrette, lamb and grilled salmon, vegetable terrine with orzo and crème brule cheesecake with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream.