El Gaucho

An Etiquette Revolution

Stay Swanky in the Modern World

  • Contact

    Host and etiquette specialist
    Cortney Anderson-Sanford

    925.683.1139 | cortneyetc.com

    El Gaucho Hospitality
    206.352.1450 x107 | info@elgaucho.com

    Join Us! Scheduled Classes:
    El Gaucho Tacoma: Thur., 1/12/17 6:30pm
    AQUA: Wed., 1/25/17 6:30pm [Sold Out]
    El Gaucho Portland: Sat., 2/4/17 6pm

    *Geared to teens and tweens

    Call or email for more information
    and to schedule your session.

  • The Gaucho Experience:
    Legendary. Timeless. Swanky. Spirited.

    The heritage of our company is based on providing a level of hospitality. Manners and respect do not have to live in the past – civility and grace never go out of style: The way we behave and treat others has a profound effect on the world around us. These classes are intended to provide some inspiration and techniques to bring back some of the refinement of prior generations, updated for today’s fast-paced lives.

    ET·I·QUETTE [et-i-kit, -ket]

    noun: The word etiquette is French and means “little sign”. As a literal translation, etiquette simply means a collection of little reminders to help people understand how to behave in various situations. The purpose of etiquette isn’t to put on a show for the benefit of others with appearances and facades. Instead, it involves an attitude of respect and concern toward others to ensure that everyone feels valued and comfortable.

  • Respect translates into success!

    While some social norms may change over time, the basic rules of etiquette stay the same. It’s never too early to learn lessons in social graces. Etiquette is a learned skill and a timeless gift with a lifetime of benefits! Knowing and practicing proper table manners give us all the confidence to enjoy a meal in a wide variety of settings.

    Etiquette builds strength & confidence.

    Join El Gaucho and etiquette specialist Cortney Anderson-Sanford as we introduce an etiquette revolution. Cortney leads a 2-hour fine-dining class with a fresh take on a range of topics, including:
    • Meeting and greeting
    • Gracious guest, honorable host – know the difference
    • Table settings – don’t be overwhelmed
    • How to eat different foods, and not eat like an animal!
    • Time for technology
    • Invitations, RSVPs, and thank you notes
    • Special occasion tips (prom, homecoming)
    • Tips for being a lady and a gentleman

    Etiquette classes for teens and tweens

    Adults often forget how difficult the teenage years can be. Teens are constantly questioning how to navigate an ever changing world. Having a solid foundation in strong social skills, good manners and proper etiquette are invaluable tools for life’s voyage. Give your child a solid foundation in good manners and etiquette to help them succeed!

  • General Information

    Dinner Classes: 5 courses with wine;
    2+ hours; $175/person inclusive*
    Lunch classes: 3 courses with wine;
    90 minutes; $150/person inclusive*
    Teen classes: 4 courses;
    2 hours; $150/person inclusive
    Children 12 and under: 3-courses with
    a take-home placemat; $95/person
    *without wine deduct $25 from price/person


    Upcoming Scheduled Class Information

    Cortney will lead the interactive class with etiquette tips & wine.
    Classes are conversational – bring your questions, and come hungry!
    Participants will leave with a pamphlet recapping tips covered.
    Each class is limited to 12 people.

    Sign up now for a scheduled course
    or create your own unique custom session!

    Call 206-352-1450 x107 with questions,
    or email info@elgaucho.com.

  • Cortney-Anderson-Sanford

  • Cortney Anderson-Sanford

    Cortney’s elegance, fashion sense, and award winning food are a culmination of a lifetime commitment to sharing the finer things in life with those around her. Her etiquette and style can be traced all the way back to her childhood where she raised on a sustenance farm in New Hampshire, in a household where sitting down to meals held a great deal of importance. Cortney’s parents were constantly entertaining large family groups as well as political and business guests. From her farm roots to living in Italy, Budapest and NYC, she gained an appreciation for international sophistication, which led her to Hollywood, where she exceeded the term, ‘cool under pressure’ by beating out top chefs on NBC TV and winning $100,000 all with poise and style.

    Cortney is excited to share her knowledge and help others feel more comfortable and relaxed in a fine dining environment. Whether it’s a team building experience for your company, or a personal brush-up, sessions with Cortney can be tailored for you. Impress – don’t stress – when faced with tough social and business situations. There’s never a better time to brush up on approaches and techniques to stay Swanky in the modern world.


    “The etiquette class could not have been a more wonderful and helpful experience for our family. My two teens loved it! And the food was amazing, too!” ~ Carlyn Adams