Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

  • 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 […]

  • Meet Kate Arvidson, El Gaucho Portland’s Event Director

    “When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead,” a quote from Ernest Hemingway, is advice Kate was given early in life and she took it to heart. She was immediately drawn to hospitality and after attending the University of Puget Sound, where she studied Art History, she put her art […]

  • Meet Carly McGovern, AQUA by El Gaucho Event Director

    “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Coined by Mother Teresa, this has become Carly’s favorite quote and mantra. As AQUA by El Gaucho’s Event Director, she is able to infuse love into every event she touches, with the goal to create memorable moments and happy guests, […]

  • Meet Cooper Mills, El Gaucho Hospitality’s new Director of Operations

    “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” is a slogan that El Gaucho Hospitality’s Director of Operations Cooper Mills likes to quote. “That is true for me – I haven’t worked a day in eight years,” he chides, and quickly follows up with, “I’m living the dream!” (Another […]

  • Sivi Mennen: AQUA by El Gaucho General Manager

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle’s poignant observation is Sivi’s favorite quote. Known for her drive, as well as being a fair and honest person, anyone who knows Sivi Mennen would not be surprised that this is how she approaches work and life every day. […]

  • Tony Capra: General Manager at El Gaucho Bellevue

    “The older I get, the less I think of accomplishments or steps in the ladder. Rather, I try to be a good person on a day-to-day basis, do right by people, and become a more fair and just person,” Tony Capra explains. “I’m a Libra – I thrive on balance,” he says with a smile. […]

  • Robbie Berger: El Gaucho Seattle Events Director

    “The devil is in the details,” is something Robbie Berger, El Gaucho Seattle Events Director, knows a few things about. It’s no surprise that Robbie actually enjoys putting all of the pieces together, which is important for a role like hers. After spending seven years as the Private Dining Director at AQUA by El Gaucho, […]

  • Employee Spotlight – Enrique Veliz, Our Own True Gaucho

    Gaucho – the Argentine equivalent of the cowboy. These free-spirited and skilled horsemen wandered on horseback, living off the land and protecting their patrons (ranchers), by tracking down lost cattle. The term itself means orphan or vagabond, and was coined in the 18th century to refer to the horsemen who roamed the Pampas (open plain). […]

  • Rudy Roca Explains “What Can We Learn from ANTS?”

    When was the last time you contemplated the ant (scientifically known as myrmecology)? ANTS: For most of us, these busy insects are not a welcome sight, especially if found in our homes or picnic baskets (or restaurants!)  It’s probably been since grade school that these organized and diligent little creatures really caught your attention.  At […]