Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

  • Meet Whitney Twede, El Gaucho Bellevue Event’s Director

    CS Lewis said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” This quote is a favorite of Whitney Twede and sums up the way that she is constantly striving to grow and learn. “If I’m not challenging myself and growing, then I’m settling for less than who I am designed to […]

  • Meet David Bayley, Inn at El Gaucho Manager

    As Tolkein noted, not all who wander are lost. Avid traveler David Bayley found his way home again in Seattle and as the new manager of the Inn at El Gaucho. Known as Bayley to friends, David was born in Phoenixville, PA and moved to Seattle when he was 8 years old. After graduating from […]

  • Meet Kate Arvidson, El Gaucho Portland’s Event Director

    “When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead,” a quote from Ernest Hemingway, is advice Kate was given early in life and she took it to heart. She was immediately drawn to hospitality and after attending the University of Puget Sound, where she studied Art History, she put her art […]

  • Meet Carly McGovern, AQUA by El Gaucho Event Director

    “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Coined by Mother Teresa, this has become Carly’s favorite quote and mantra. As AQUA by El Gaucho’s Event Director, she is able to infuse love into every event she touches, with the goal to create memorable moments and happy guests, […]

  • Meet Cooper Mills, El Gaucho Hospitality’s new Director of Operations

    “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” is a slogan that El Gaucho Hospitality’s Director of Operations Cooper Mills likes to quote. “That is true for me – I haven’t worked a day in eight years,” he chides, and quickly follows up with, “I’m living the dream!” (Another […]

  • Sivi Mennen: AQUA by El Gaucho General Manager

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle’s poignant observation is Sivi’s favorite quote. Known for her drive, as well as being a fair and honest person, anyone who knows Sivi Mennen would not be surprised that this is how she approaches work and life every day. […]

  • Tony Capra: General Manager at El Gaucho Bellevue

    “The older I get, the less I think of accomplishments or steps in the ladder. Rather, I try to be a good person on a day-to-day basis, do right by people, and become a more fair and just person,” Tony Capra explains. “I’m a Libra – I thrive on balance,” he says with a smile. […]

  • Employee Spotlight – Enrique Veliz, Our Own True Gaucho

    Gaucho – the Argentine equivalent of the cowboy. These free-spirited and skilled horsemen wandered on horseback, living off the land and protecting their patrons (ranchers), by tracking down lost cattle. The term itself means orphan or vagabond, and was coined in the 18th century to refer to the horsemen who roamed the Pampas (open plain). […]

  • Rudy Roca Explains “What Can We Learn from ANTS?”

    When was the last time you contemplated the ant (scientifically known as myrmecology)? ANTS: For most of us, these busy insects are not a welcome sight, especially if found in our homes or picnic baskets (or restaurants!)  It’s probably been since grade school that these organized and diligent little creatures really caught your attention.  At […]

  • Employee Spotlight- Timmi Smith, Expanding Her Community

    E.E. Cummings wrote, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  This quote has become El Gaucho Bellevue’s Timmi Smith’s mantra. A single mom to an 11-year-old, Timmi has never ventured outside of North America, and has decided to challenge herself and participate in a 2-week mission trip to Uganda, East […]