Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

  • The El Gaucho Portland Cigar Lounge

    “If I cannot drink bourbon and smoke cigars in heaven than I shall not go.”  ~ Mark Twain Welcome to a little slice of heaven in downtown Portland.  The El Gaucho Cigar Lounge sets the standard for a full-service dining experience. Sit back and relax while our professional and expertly trained staff recommend the perfect […]

  • El Gaucho Portland Travels to Mexico for Craft Tequila

    The makers of Herradura Tequila say “There are no shortcuts to greatness” so the El Gaucho Portland spirits team took the long way to select an exclusive double aged barrel of Reposado Herradura.  Brian Bower and Brendon Trautman traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico and then journeyed on to the Herradura hacienda distillery in Jalisco where they […]

  • Scenes from the 10th annual Washington State Wine Road Trip

    By Timothy Vasile, Wine Captain, El Gaucho Tacoma I just returned from a whirlwind five day road trip starting in Seattle, winding through Yakima, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, and finally finishing in Walla Walla, where 50 of us from across the country were able to get deep one-of-a kind tours of vineyards, learn some techniques, […]

  • El Gaucho Hospitality Changes Name to Fire & Vine Hospitality

    In February 2017, we announced a partnership with Chef Jason Wilson and his restaurants Miller’s Guild, The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest.  We recently announced the next step in the evolution of our shared management team, now known as Fire & Vine Hospitality. “The name, Fire & Vine, reflects our passion for cooking over live […]

  • Service Charge 101: How this model works for us

    The hospitality industry is evolving in Washington and Oregon, as it is across the country. With recent legislation at the federal, state and city level affecting minimum wage, tip-pooling practices, sick leave and predictive scheduling, it is hard to keep up with all the new rules and terms. When the Seattle City Council voted for […]

  • Mackay Family Trip to Argentina

    By: Chad Mackay, President and COO We traveled to Argentina in the spring of 2017, and have received quite a few questions about our trip, so I thought I’d share some of the highlights. Everything that I’ve listed was outstanding and highly recommended.  I’ve included the websites, which most have an English version. I would […]

  • The evolution of the building at Seattle’s First and Wall Street

    From Union Hall to Restaurant—the evolution of the building at Seattle’s First and Wall Street This is one in a two part series detailing the structure at First and Wall, now home to El Gaucho Seattle and the Inn at El Gaucho. Part one takes us from construction to El Gaucho’s opening in 1996. Part […]

  • “Whidbey Approach – I’m losing my engine!”

    By Chad Mackay, El Gaucho Hospitality President and COO I’ve always loved to fly. I grew up in a family of pilots – my dad was a bush pilot in Alaska and his brother, my uncle Don, retired as a 747 pilot. They built kit planes growing up, and I inherited that same fascination with […]

  • Which Whiskey Gets the Rose?

    Mark Joseph and Matthew Meskel have been staples at El Gaucho Portland as bartenders for years – over 15 years and 14 years, respectively. They recently had the opportunity to travel to Kentucky to blend a barrel of Woodford Reserve bourbon exclusively for El Gaucho. Mark writes about their trip in this recap: We have […]