A Word from Chad ~ December 2016

We just celebrated our 20th anniversary of El Gaucho in Seattle on November 11th, which happened to be Veteran’s Day. We partnered with USO Northwest to raise funds to build Camp Lewis Hospitality Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Through online donations and a live auction, with items including wine trips to Argentina, Spain and Napa Valley as well as unique experiences such as playing paint ball against a team of Army Rangers, we were able to raise nearly $130,000. We are grateful to Delta Air Lines, Holland America and our many wonderful suppliers who all donated to make it a truly magical evening. We also couldn’t have done it without the incredible generosity of our guests and the USO-NW supporters. It was a great way to celebrate our 20th and to give back to those who serve us.

If you want to donate, it’s not too late. We are selling beautiful glass-blown ornaments in shades of red, white and blue at AQUA by El Gaucho this holiday season to benefit USO-NW. These were created by Jason Christian, a renowned glass artist living in the Seattle area who was an integral part of the Chihuly boathouse team for almost a decade. The ornaments are $100 each and 100% goes to USO-NW. Add a patriotic flair to your holiday decorations and know it’s going to a great cause!

We look forward to a busy month of celebrations, company parties, family get-togethers and the occasional date night out. As always, our team is ready to help make your celebrations and events memorable and seamless. Make your reservations soon, especially for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as we are already filling up for those special nights. We are also offering a limited number of New Year’s Eve packages at the Inn that come with guaranteed prime time reservations as well. And don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Cabaret at El Gaucho Seattle. There are two seatings available – it’s a fun way to ring in the new year.

We are proud to sponsor Taste Washington next year, and to host the Red and White Party at AQUA in March. Tickets go on sale today, and it makes a great stocking stuffer for your wine friends or yourself.

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday season!

Until Next Time,
Chad Mackay | President & COO


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