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Racing for Good Reason

Team Il Cortile

Team Il Cortile

We at Parker Sanpei are so proud of our friends at Il Cortile Ristorante in Paso Robles. Last weekend, 13 riders from the restaurant, including Owner and Managing Partner, Carole MacDonal, raced with 150 cyclists in the Tour of Paso to raise funds for the Central Coast Cancer Support Community. Nearly doubling their contribution from last year, the team at Il Cortile Ristorante raised a staggering $20K in support of the Cancer Support Community’s free resources to local cancer patients and their families. Charitable contributions for the event totaled over $100K, up $30K from last year.

Fundraising at Il Cortile included proceeds from a special “reverse wine dinner” menu crafted by Chef Santos MacDonal and his kitchen, as well as proceeds from the sale of complementing wine, L’Aventure Optimus 2011 Zinfandel. Additionally, servers at the critically-acclaimed restaurant generously donated all tips from the dinner toward Il Cortile’s efforts in support of the Cancer Support Community.

Santos & Carole MacDonal

Santos & Carole MacDonal

This year marks the third that Il Cortile has contributed toward and participated in the Tour of Paso. In 2012, the team raised over $5K, and $12K in 2013.

Thank you so much to all of those who participated in the event, especially our friends at Il Cortile. Your generosity is making a difference in our community. Bravi!

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A Refreshing Take on Winemaker Dinners

Il Cortile Ristorante’s “Reverse Winemaker Dinners” Put Wine Front and Center

827bb6b412944a9c43a307a5d7f7650eOur good friends at Il Cortile Ristorante in Paso Robles Wine Country will once again welcome top local wineries to offer guests a unique take on food and wine pairing this winter season.

Each Wednesday in January and February, the downtown Paso Robles fine dining establishment will hold “Reverse Winemaker Dinners,” in which Chef Santos MacDonal crafts seasonal three-course menus to complement a handful of very special local wines.

Carole and Chef Santos MacDonal

Carole and Chef Santos MacDonal

“Unlike a traditional winemaker dinner, where the winemaker selects wines to pair with a meal, we wanted the food to come to the wine, so to speak,” said Owner, Carole MacDonal. “We are fortunate to live in a region that boasts such wonderful wines and talented winemakers. This is our way of honoring their craft.”

The Reverse Winemaker Dinners will be held on Wednesday evenings, and each Wednesday will feature a different local winery. Once guests select a varietal from the featured producers’ handful of wines, Chef Santos will then “reverse” it and create a three-course meal to complement the flavors and textures of the wine chosen. This unique evening is offered at $40 per person, plus the cost of wine which will vary depending on the varietal chosen.

See you there!

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Restaurant Month: The most wonderful time of the year.

SLOVCB_logo_comps_9_02_10At long last, after a whole year of waiting, January is here!

We here at Parker Sanpei firmly believe that San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Month is the most wonderful time of the year. When else can you get a three-course, prix fixe menu at your favorite regional restaurants for just $30?!?

Thomas Hill Organics

Thomas Hill Organics

From January 1 through January 31, you will find us restaurant-hopping – perhaps even visiting some more than once! Most participating restaurants also offer specially-paired flights of local wine to their menus at an additional cost. We’re particularly excited to dine  in Paso Robles with our dear friends at Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Bar, La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant, and Il Cortile Ristorante. You can view their menus, get contact information, and make reservations by visiting www.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com/Restaurant-Month.

See you on the town!

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Flavors to Fall for.

The kids are back in school, the grapes are coming in, and the light is changing.  If that wasn’t enough to tell you it’s fall on the Central Coast, the menu from our beloved Il Cortile Ristorante in Paso Robles will.


A few highlights from Chef Santos MacDonal’s seasonal menu:


Sweet corn and goat cheese “sformato”
Sweet corn and goat cheese soufflé with a light heirloom tomato sauce 

Pan roasted quail with prosciutto filled tortellini in a sweet wine reduction

(you have to love any restaurant that devotes an entire section of its menu to mozzarella)

Crostini con burrata, carmelized fennel and pancetta in a balsamic reduction

Mozzarella Tasting
Fresh burrata, mozzarella di bufala and mozzarella di gioia del colle with crostini and olive oil


Pappardelle al cinghiale
Homemade pappardelle with wild boar

Pappardelle al aragosta
Squid ink pappardelle with a lobster ragu finished with salmon roe


Costate di agnello
Rack of lamb roasted in a aromatic herb sauce

Vitello ai funghi porcini
Veal chop with porcini mushroom sauce, finished with truffle oil


Have we whetted your appetite yet?  Visit http://www.IlCortileRistorante.com or call 805.226.0300 to make your reservation. Buon appetito!

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