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 (she competed through junior high), or a molecular biologist (she loved to test DNA on anything she could get her hands on), or play in the symphony (she studied violin for 10 years). But plans changed when she started working as a restaurant hostess at the age of 16 – she was hooked on hospitality.
Starting as a hostess at the Ram Corporation in Tacoma, Stephanie worked her way up the ranks to corporate trainer in ten years. She made the jump to El Gaucho in Tacoma, and in her ten years with the company, she has worked at three of the five El Gaucho locations as a bartender, server, bookkeeper, trainer, captain, events director and general manager of El Gaucho Tacoma. Stephanie took some time off to care for her family and has returned as general manager at our flagship restaurant, El Gaucho Seattle.
In addition to being the site of her accomplished career, El Gaucho is also where Stephanie met her husband, Dasha Mulein, the former Captain of Operations at El Gaucho Seattle. That was six years ago, and they are now happily married with sons Madox and Taven. In addition to being known for her quick-wit and sarcasm, Stephanie is also organized, hard-working, and great at multi-tasking. With these traits and small stature, her fellow captain nicknamed her “Iron Cupcake.”
Her favorite part of working at El Gaucho? “I can 100% stand behind and truly believe in the level of service and quality of product we provide, which allows me a level of integrity when working with guests,” she says. “It’s also super rewarding to create an experience and see guests enjoying themselves,” she says.
Sounds like in Stephanie’s case, sometimes things work out better than planned. Visit Stephanie and the El Gaucho Seattle team every night beginning at 4:00pm.