Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

  • Meet Penny Keough, Events Director, El Gaucho Portland

    Penny Keough brings the warmth and sunny outlook of her native Kauai to her new role as event director at El Gaucho Portland. She joined the El Gaucho Portland team in July of 2014 when she moved to the mainland to study economics at Portland State University. She was looking for a flexible job close […]

  • Meet the GM: Jacob Lawrence, El Gaucho Seattle

    Jacob Lawrence believes that “whatever the mind believes it can achieve” and it is this positive attitude that makes him the right person to lead the El Gaucho Seattle team as they embark on the move to their new home in summer 2020. After growing up in Tacoma, Jacob graduated from Central Washington University with […]

  • Meet the Chef: Beau Carr, Chef de Cuisine, El Gaucho Portland

    Chef Beau Carr is a Portland legend after his 21 years as executive chef at the RingSide Steakhouse and we are thrilled to announce that he has joined the El Gaucho team. Known for his reputation as a strong kitchen leader and talented chef, Beau Carr joined El Gaucho in August 2019 and he is […]

  • Meet the Chef: Margarito Moreno, Executive Chef, El Gaucho Bellevue

    El Gaucho Bellevue executive chef, Margarito Moreno, says that he seeks to learn something new every day. After 14 years in the kitchen at El Gaucho Bellevue, Margarito is ready to lead and teach, while continuing to grow in his own career. Margarito grew up in Netzahualcoyotl, Mexico and learned to cook from his mother […]

  • Meet Terianne Broyles, El Gaucho Tacoma General Manager

    Terianne Broyles’ favorite Maya Angelou quote perfectly describes her approach to life and her hospitality career. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” As the new General Manager of El Gaucho Tacoma, she looks forward to ensuring […]

  • Meet Kevin Benner, AQUA by El Gaucho Executive Chef

    It has been said that meaningful work is a tremendous happiness and the new executive chef at AQUA by El Gaucho derives and shares that each day with his team and guests. Kevin Benner grew up in Bellingham, WA and his culinary journey began the summer after he graduated from high school. “I was searching […]

  • Meet Gillian Duff, El Gaucho Portland General Manager

    We usually present our blog features in story form but because this month’s employee spotlight is a former journalist herself, we thought we would turn the tables and put Gillian Duff, El Gaucho Portland’s newest General Manager, in the interview chair. What is your full name?  Do you have a nickname/what do coworkers call you? […]

  • Employee Spotlight – Meet Anak “Oka” Indra

    “Tat Tvam Asi” is taught to every Balinese child. “I am you, you are me,” or “Whatever I do to you, I do to me.” This philosophy has influenced Oka and his approach to every aspect of his life, including as a server at El Gaucho Seattle, since 2007. Oka hails from a small village […]

  • Employee Spotlight: Lee Rousseau, Inn at El Gaucho host

    There was nothing special about the day that Lee Rousseau decided to walk into T.J. Maxx in downtown Seattle last spring. “I love going there to find inspiration for decorating,” she said, and an impromptu visit to the store was just that.  Little did she know it would lead her on a journey to inspire […]

  • Meet Merica Ocsan, El Gaucho Tacoma Events Director

    “You have to love what you do to want to do it every day,” is a favorite quote of Merica “Mec” Ocsan. As the newly promoted Events Director at El Gaucho Tacoma, Mec loves helping create memorable and special experiences for guests. Born in Manila, Philippines, Mec and her family moved to the U.S. when […]