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The Gaucho GridironEl Gaucho Employees Visit Northstar Winery for a Wine Blending Experience
"Walla Walla, Washington – the place so nice, they named it twice!" locals like to say.

A select group of 30 employees from El Gaucho Hospitality boarded a bus last week for a picturesque road trip across the state to Washington's pioneering wine region. As we neared our destination at Northstar Winery, the increased anticipation was apparent, as one of us would call out familiar winery names as we passed their vineyards: Amavi, Va Piano, Sleight of Hand… just to name a few..." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironArtist Feature of the Month – Meet Josephine Howell, Vocalist at El Gaucho Seattle "You were born to help others live," Josephine's mother wrote to her. It was exactly what she needed to hear to help her, and her children, get out of homelessness.She had moved to Seattle from Chicago to find a better life. Recently widowed and with four children still at home, her two grown children encouraged her to move closer to them in the Pacific Northwest. Through a series of events, including suffering through domestic violence, Josephine found herself in and out of shelters and half-way houses, on and off for five years, with four children in tow." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironA Lesson in Scotch "Several El Gaucho employees recently had the opportunity to invest in their scotch knowledge, by spending some time with international Macallan ambassador, Kieron Elliott. In addition to being a scotch master, Kieron is also a Scottish actor, host, and comedian, with most recent works including the film "How to Train Your Dragon," TV show, "Deadliest Warrior," a host of the show "Aftermath," serves as a BBC Three continuity announcer, and much more. We knew we were in for a treat…and who doesn't love a good accent?." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironHave a Hoot with us at HOOTENANNY! "Sunshine in Seattle on the water – there is no better way to celebrate a quintessential summer! Come join us for the 14th annual Hootenanny, AQUA by El Gaucho's annual signature summer event, on Saturday, August 9th from 3:00-5:30 pm. Soak in the sun on Pier 70's expansive outdoor deck, overlooking the water and amazing Seattle views, while sampling more than 40 outstanding wines, sakes, and spirits." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironDon't miss the 2nd annual
"In celebration of that spirit, El Gaucho Tacoma and LeMay – America's Car Museum have joined forces again this year to present the 2nd annual Cars and Cigars, Saturday, August 2nd. Held outdoors on the Anderson Pavilion at LeMay, the event captures the essence of summer in the Pacific Northwest. Guests will be able to sit back in plush, leather sofas under a shaded canopy, puff from one of the three sponsored cigars (Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, and Montecristo), all while listening to singer/songwriters Dave Hannon and Angie Lynn provide live pop/rock originals and cover music." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironArtist Feature of the Month –
Meet Toshi Onizuka, Guitarist at
El Gaucho Portland!
"A Japanese man playing Spanish-style music in Portland, Oregon - Toshi exemplifies Henry Longfellow's observation that "music is the universal language of mankind." Born in Tokyo, Japan, at twenty years of age he heard "Spanish Eyes" by Al DiMeola and knew he wanted to become a musician. He picked up the guitar, taught himself how to play, and immersed himself in the Spanish music scene by moving to Seville, Spain." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironEl Gaucho Bellevue's Signature Wine Event – POUR – is next week! "Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle." We love Paolo Coelho's philosophy, and El Gaucho Bellevue's signature wine event, POUR, will give ample opportunity to sip – or swig – many fantastic wines." View ≫

The Gaucho Gridiron"Whiskey is Liquid Sunshine" – Two El Gaucho Teammates Recap Their Trip to Kentucky “Two of our Spirits Captains – El Gaucho Seattle's Dasha Mulein, and El Gaucho Bellevue's Lonnie Anderson, were invited to visit Jim Beam and Maker's Mark Distilleries in Kentucky. Not only was it an educational trip, they created a custom barrel of Knob Creek Rye, which will be available for our guests to enjoy within the next few months. Dasha and Lonnie recap their trip." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironEl Gaucho Chefs recap their trip to Wooster, OH to learn more about our favorite topic – BEEF! “Two of our chefs – El Gaucho Seattle's Executive Chef Matt Brandsey, and El Gaucho Bellevue's Sous Chef Sarah Brinlee, were invited to attend the Certified Angus Beef® Chef Summit held in Wooster, Ohio last week. The Chef Summit is a chef only event with sessions covering meat science, menu ideation, and product utilization. Chef Matt shares about his experience." View ≫

Seattle's New Minimum Wage Increase “Last week, after months of debate and speculation, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15/hour, the highest minimum wage in the country. This new plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase — four if they provide health insurance. Smaller employers get seven years, which is the category into which we fall." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironEl Gaucho Beef – The Evolution to Include Grass-Fed, Kosher, and Wagyu “Our owner and founder, Paul Mackay, has been an innovator in creating the elite Certified Angus Beef® Prime brand, and continuing with Niman Ranch for a natural program (read our past three articles for the complete story). Our guests are also an important catalyst for what we offer, and those recent additions include grass-fed beef, kosher beef, and a unique "splurge" item to truly wow guests." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironBRUNCH is served at AQUA and El Gaucho Bellevue. Just another reason to love Sundays! “The word [brunch] certainly gives the feeling of leisure, sociability, and good food. A playful blend of "breakfast and lunch," brunch has become a favorite meal in American culture, and we love being able to provide our guests with two fabulous choices at AQUA by El Gaucho and El Gaucho Bellevue." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironJoin us for an Evening of Perfect Pairings: Lachini Winemaker Dinner featuring Copper River King Salmon “Join us as we celebrate Oregon Wine Month and Copper River salmon season for the Lachini Wine Dinner at AQUA by El Gaucho, Friday, May 30th. Guests will be treated to an incredible 5-course meal, tasting outstanding wines, expertly paired with the best fare of the season." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironThree's Company: The Evolution to Natural Beef with Niman Ranch “Just as you'd expect, beef-expert John Tarpoff is the epitome of a cowboy – complete with hat, boots, and deliberate talk. We met Mr. Tarpoff in the last chapter of our series on beef – he, along with our owner and founder, Paul Mackay, created the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB) Prime program. Fortunately for us, the story doesn't end there. Twenty years later, the two took the program a step further." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironBeef Round-up: Three El Gaucho Employees Travel to Kansas to Learn the Science Behind the Steak “Three of our employees attended a Certified Angus Beef® Chef Tour held in Wichita, Kansas last week. The Chef Tour started in 2010 and is an invitation-only, beef industry tour event, hosted by Chef John Doherty. The overall goal is to help attendees understand the story behind the steak. Sarah Brinlee, Sous Chef at El Gaucho Bellevue, shares about her experience..." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironEl Gaucho Beef and The Creation of an Exclusive Brand “It started with a cigar and a casual chat one evening in Whistler, B.C. Two men, though different in their chosen career paths, shared a common vision on how to set themselves apart from competitors: Quality. Those men were Paul Mackay, who, just four years earlier, opened El Gaucho Seattle in the model of its iconic namesake, and John Tarpoff, a meat packer from Rapid City, S.D., who was producing beef that was far exceeding the quality measures in place for both the Certified Angus Beef® brand and USDA Prime..." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironWine Feature of the Month – Trisaetum “Creating some of those incredible Pinots, as well as outstanding Rieslings, is one of El Gaucho's great wine partners, Trisaetum. Located in the heart of Oregon's Ribbon Ridge AVA, Trisaetum produces small lots of acclaimed Pinot Noir and Riesling from its three estate vineyards: Coast Range Vineyard, Wichmann Dundee, and a 28-acre vineyard that surrounds their winery near Newberg...." View ≫

The Gaucho GridironArtist Feature of the Month – Meet Mariano de Orbegoso, Guitarist at El Gaucho Portland “The meaning of your life is to find your gift. The purpose of your life is to give it away," Pablo Picasso is credited with once saying. Thankfully, that gift can be received five nights a week for those lucky enough to hear Mariano de Orbegoso, Latin guitarist at El Gaucho Portland.Mariano was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in a very musical family. His mom, Carmela Russell, is a very well known composer in Latin America. Her songs have been recorded by some of the most popular singers, such as Celia Cruz y la Sonoroa Mantancera; Pepe Jara, in Mexico; Betty Misiego in Spain, plus more..." View ≫
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