Author Archives

  • Frank S Holman III


    Frank was exposed to music at a very early age by his father who played trumpet in “Big Bands”. Influences included Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, and classical jazz masters such as Ahmad Jamal and Ramsey Lewis. Frank did the “classical piano lessons and recitals” thing in his teens, but soon found […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ September 2015


    Since launching these monthly newsletters last year, we’ve received feedback from some of our guests that they like hearing more about restaurant news and upcoming events. If that’s you, here’s my shameless plug on why you should dine with us: starting today, we are launching a new program, highlighting suppliers each month. In September, we […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ August 2015


    My wife and I attended a memorial service this week for a friend who passed away too early in life. One of the speakers described him as being a ‘gentlemen from another era.’ What is profound and shocking to me is that it’s uncommon for people to behave that way anymore. Somehow, across a few […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ July 2015


    Welcome to summer! It feels like we’ve been enjoying it for a couple of months, even though it officially just started. As a parent to two elementary school boys, I have to admit the end of the year was tough. The sun was constantly shining and never seemed to set. And our fourth-grader took a […]

  • Getting Dirty with Oregon Pinot Noir


    Dirt might not be the first thing that comes to mind when enjoying a glass of wine, but the make-up of the soil has a profound effect on the overall flavor profile of wine. While the quintessential grape may be a prerequisite for quality, it requires support from both the climate and soil. More than […]

  • Six Acclaimed Vintners, One Incredible Evening


    Join Us at El Gaucho Portland to Celebrate Quality, Tradition, Friendship and Toast to the Future Generation of Washington Wine “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward In the long history and tradition of making wine, Washington state may be a neophyte, […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ June 2015


    June is a great month for life’s celebrations: from Father’s Day to graduations, weddings to end of school, June is the launchpad to a great summer ahead. As a business, we are looking forward to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, the patios opening at AQUA and El Gaucho Bellevue, the DeLille Legacy Winemaker Dinner […]

  • Alexey Nikolaev – Saxophonist for El Gaucho Seattle


    Since 2000, Alexey Nikolaev lives and works in Seattle. He performs with groups, Axiom Quartet, Greg Williamson Quartet (Ponyboy Records), Jay Thomas Big Band, Emerald City Big Band, and is a member and saxophonist soloist of Doctor Funk Band (Strokeland Records) As a recording artist, Alexey performs and records with musicians like pianists John Hansen, […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ May 2015


    I’m writing this note with a big smile on my face, because it’s 82 degrees in Portland right now. I watched the Trailblazers win while enjoying a cigar and a bourbon in our newly remodeled cigar room. This incredible weather compels me to get back to the BBQ, and I shamelessly admit to being a […]