Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

  • Celebrating 20 years: The enduring elegance of AQUA by El Gaucho

    As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Seattle’s waterfront dining gem during a challenging time, we reflect on the endurance of this community and our dedicated AQUA team, as well as the beauty and history of our home at the tip of Pier 70. Pier 70 has stood at the north end of Seattle’s historic […]

  • Safe Dining Protocols

    The El Gaucho Hospitality Experience Reveling and celebrating life with you is our sole purpose. We look forward to welcoming you back and are focused on the goal of reuniting you with our team’s familiar faces to serve you in a safe and sustainable manner. Hours of operation: All of our restaurants will be open […]

  • Two El Gaucho Wine Directors Experience Oregon Pinot Camp

    Wine lovers – This is summer camp done right! Oregon Pinot Camp is an invitation-only annual event in the heart of Oregon wine country.  This June, El Gaucho Portland’s wine director Katie Lasley and Kevin Westbrook, wine director for El Gaucho Tacoma, were among more than 270 wine professionals from around the country selected to […]

  • Spirits Team Travels to Kentucky for a ‘Heavenly’ Education in Bourbon

    If I cannot drink Bourbon and smoke cigars in Heaven than I shall not go.” Mark Twain Three Fire & Vine Hospitality spirits syndicate members recently traveled to Kentucky and all three described it as a heavenly opportunity.  Lonnie Anderson of Aerlume, Sarah Choi-Amaya from El Gaucho Tacoma, and Chris LeRoy of The Lakehouse, enjoyed […]

  • The El Gaucho Portland Cigar Lounge

    “If I cannot drink bourbon and smoke cigars in heaven than I shall not go.”  ~ Mark Twain Welcome to a little slice of heaven in downtown Portland.  The El Gaucho Cigar Lounge sets the standard for a full-service dining experience. Sit back and relax while our professional and expertly trained staff recommend the perfect […]

  • El Gaucho Portland Travels to Mexico for Craft Tequila

    The makers of Herradura Tequila say “There are no shortcuts to greatness” so the El Gaucho Portland spirits team took the long way to select an exclusive double aged barrel of Reposado Herradura.  Brian Bower and Brendon Trautman traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico and then journeyed on to the Herradura hacienda distillery in Jalisco where they […]

  • Scenes from the 10th annual Washington State Wine Road Trip

    By Timothy Vasile, Wine Captain, El Gaucho Tacoma I just returned from a whirlwind five day road trip starting in Seattle, winding through Yakima, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, and finally finishing in Walla Walla, where 50 of us from across the country were able to get deep one-of-a kind tours of vineyards, learn some techniques, […]

  • El Gaucho Hospitality Changes Name to Fire & Vine Hospitality

    In February 2017, we announced a partnership with Chef Jason Wilson and his restaurants Miller’s Guild, The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest.  We recently announced the next step in the evolution of our shared management team, now known as Fire & Vine Hospitality. “The name, Fire & Vine, reflects our passion for cooking over live […]

  • Service Charge 101: How this model works for us

    The hospitality industry is evolving in Washington and Oregon, as it is across the country. With recent legislation at the federal, state and city level affecting minimum wage, tip-pooling practices, sick leave and predictive scheduling, it is hard to keep up with all the new rules and terms. When the Seattle City Council voted for […]

  • Mackay Family Trip to Argentina

    By: Chad Mackay, President and COO We traveled to Argentina in the spring of 2017, and have received quite a few questions about our trip, so I thought I’d share some of the highlights. Everything that I’ve listed was outstanding and highly recommended.  I’ve included the websites, which most have an English version. I would […]