A Toast to El Paseo’s Monthly Wine Collectors’ Dinner with Sammy Hagar
By Mitzi Manzano
Since its opening in 1947, El Paseo has been a destination for people visiting the charming town of Mill Valley in Marin County, located north of the Golden Gate Bridge. With this sentimental history in mind, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar took over & renovated El Paseo, bringing back its warmth and timeless appeal.
Ever since Sammy Hagar’s acquisition in 2011, El Paseo has been listed as a San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant, received a coveted “3 stars” from San Francisco Chronicle Food Editor Michael Bauer. Their wine collection has also received multiple awards from Wine Spectator as well as being highly rated in the Zagat Survey.
Currently, El Paseo hosts a monthly wine collector’s dinner. This happens every last Monday of the month where guests are encouraged to bring a bottle to share based on a theme. Last week I had the lovely pleasure of taking part in their pre-1990 Cabernet Sauvignon night featuring the wines of Napa Valley and a special menu was prepped to complement these wines. Among them were a 1989 Shafer, 1985 Silverado Vineyard and a 1985 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar.
El Paseo’s cuisine is described as Classic California with a Spanish flair. Their dinner menus definitely reflect this direction as well as their daily Happy Hour Menus served from 4 to 6pm. They also stay true with the Spanish theme by serving Paella, a traditional Spanish rice dish, every Sunday at the patio. This menu features two kinds of Paella: Paella mixta featuring prawns, chicken, chorizo and saffron and The Paella Verdura, which is a vegetarian option featuring fresh, seasonal vegetables. Their sommelier, Jojo Gilbertson has a selection of wine curated to perfectly compliment the more robust flavors that define the Spanish style of food.
17 Throckmorton Ave.,
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Sunday thru Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm