Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

  • Meet Gillian Duff, El Gaucho Portland General Manager

    We usually present our blog features in story form but because this month’s employee spotlight is a former journalist herself, we thought we would turn the tables and put Gillian Duff, El Gaucho Portland’s newest General Manager, in the interview chair. What is your full name?  Do you have a nickname/what do coworkers call you? […]

  • Employee Spotlight – Meet Anak “Oka” Indra

    “Tat Tvam Asi” is taught to every Balinese child. “I am you, you are me,” or “Whatever I do to you, I do to me.” This philosophy has influenced Oka and his approach to every aspect of his life, including as a server at El Gaucho Seattle, since 2007. Oka hails from a small village […]

  • Employee Spotlight: Lee Rousseau, Inn at El Gaucho host

    There was nothing special about the day that Lee Rousseau decided to walk into T.J. Maxx in downtown Seattle last spring. “I love going there to find inspiration for decorating,” she said, and an impromptu visit to the store was just that.  Little did she know it would lead her on a journey to inspire […]

  • Meet Tristan Chalker, Executive Chef at El Gaucho Bellevue

    We are excited to feature the talented people behind the scenes – the gifted and passionate individuals on our culinary team who create and prepare the tasty treats that we all get to enjoy in our restaurants.  Bon Appétit!  “I am really not sure why I chose to become a chef. In fact, I think […]

  • Employee Highlight – Meet Robbie Berger, El Gaucho Seattle Event Director

    “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”   ~ Paulo Coelho This saying has resonated with Robbie and she’s taken it to heart ~ she’s been elevating guest’s experiences since 2007 when she joined the El Gaucho team. After spending six years as the Private Dining Director at […]

  • Meet Merica Ocsan, El Gaucho Tacoma Events Director

    “You have to love what you do to want to do it every day,” is a favorite quote of Merica “Mec” Ocsan. As the newly promoted Events Director at El Gaucho Tacoma, Mec loves helping create memorable and special experiences for guests. Born in Manila, Philippines, Mec and her family moved to the U.S. when […]

  • Meet Whitney Twede, El Gaucho Bellevue Event’s Director

    CS Lewis said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” This quote is a favorite of Whitney Twede and sums up the way that she is constantly striving to grow and learn. “If I’m not challenging myself and growing, then I’m settling for less than who I am designed to […]

  • Meet David Bayley, Inn at El Gaucho Manager

    As Tolkein noted, not all who wander are lost. Avid traveler David Bayley found his way home again in Seattle and as the new manager of the Inn at El Gaucho. Known as Bayley to friends, David was born in Phoenixville, PA and moved to Seattle when he was 8 years old. After graduating from […]

  • Meet James Parsons, El Gaucho Seattle’s General Manager

    “I enjoy sharing life-defining moments with our guests,” El Gaucho Seattle’s General Manager, James Parsons, explains. ”People come here to create a memory. Whether it’s a professional accomplishment or personal celebration, anniversaries, birthdays, closing a big deal, getting the job – I get to be part of those celebrations every night. Helping to create a […]

  • Meet Stephanie Keyt, El Gaucho Tacoma’s General Manager

    Stephanie admits she’s been a planner her entire life. “The most poignant advice I ever got was from my dad,” recalls Stephanie, who once told her, “Being a planner is great, so long as you know that life rarely goes according to plan.” Born and raised in Tacoma, her plan was to be a gymnast […]