Gabriel Hodges

Gabriel Hodges

Manager at Tavolàta

Gabe began his restaurant career cooking pizzas at Cucina Presto and by circumstance was suddenly promoted to manager after seven days. From there he bussed and waited tables here and there before finding a place behind the bar. He worked for Italianissmo in Woodinville for a numbr of years and even spent some time tending bar on the beach in Costa Rica before a long stint at Rory's in Edmonds. He ran the show at Rione XIII for a number of years but can now be found at Tavolata Capitol Hill.  

Hometown

Merced, California

First Restaurant Job

Cucina Presto

Last Restaurant Job

Bar Manager Anchovies & Olives Bar Cotto

Alternate Universe Career

I'd love to be the head of a charitable foundation, it would be great to be doing for others everyday. Professional golf wouldn't be a bad gig either.

Favorite Late Night Snack

Tacos

Best Meal Ever

Annual Christmas dinner at my parents house. Simple classic food cooked well. Family recipes we still do every year. Dad makes a great apple crumble that his grandmother made for years. Mom, dad and my sister drinking wine catching up and eating more than we should. We are all probably still in our pajamas.

After Work Hangout

Its got to be Rory's in Edmonds followed by my couch.

Secret Ingredient

Bourbon

Favorite Seattle Restaurants

La Carta Oaxaca, El Camion. I've had some really enjoyable meals at How to Cook a Wolf. I used to really enjoy the Old New Orleans. Just getting after some red beans and rice. Still like going out to Italianissmo out in Woodinville. They do a great job out there.

Restaurant Pet Peeve

"That's not my job" I hate hearing people say that. Guess what? If you work in a restaurant it is your job.

What do you love about Seattle?

The creativity. People around here are just doing cool things with food, booze, wine. It's only been a few years that liquor could be distilled legally here in Washington and people have just run with it and come up with some really cool things. It seems like there is just constant cultural growth around Seattle. Can't beat the sound, the mountains, the trees, and just all of the amazing natural features we have.

Favorite Place In The World

Lani Kai Beach on Oahu. Swimming in warm water is the best thing in the world. Great friends playing horseshoes and just relaxing in the sun.

Memorable Kitchen Disaster

I worked in a bar that will remain nameless. A nice winter storm knocked the power out. Our money or nothing owner at the time decided that closing would be a ridiculous idea. We lit candles kept the kitchen open and ran credit cards on the crash kit and tried to run a restaurant in the dark with no electricity. It was a complete disaster. The place filed with smoke. People were sneaking off in the dark without paying. People were falling down knocking candles and the rest of the place on the floor. Health department wasn't to happy either.

Can't Live Without

Orange juice in the morning.

What's On The DVR?

Sounders and Hawk games I've missed while working. Modern Family. House of Cards.

What's On The Nightstand?

A huge pile of books. Always has been. Id rather be reading than doing anything else.

What's On The iPod?

The Boss, Black Keys, Blackalicious, Grateful Dead, Spearhead

Favorite Movie Quote

Dread Pirate Roberts: "Good night Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

What Have You Learned?

I've learned that I need to keep learning. In the big picture I know nothing. As soon as you think you've got it all figured out something pops up that you don't have a clue about. Ask questions. Always ask questions.

Meet The Crew

  1. Ethan Stowell

    Ethan Stowell

    CEO & Founder

  2. Steve Hooper

    Steve Hooper

    President

  1. Sennen David

    Sennen David

    VP Marketing & Culture, Beverage Director

  2. Branden Karow

    Branden Karow

    VP Restaurant Operations

  3. Michael Pagana

    Michael Pagana

    VP Development

  4. Val Dixon

    Val Dixon

    VP Finance / CFO

  5. Sandy Smith

    Sandy Smith

    VP Administration

  6. Addam Buzzalini

    Addam Buzzalini

    Executive Chef

  7. Heather Poncet

    Heather Poncet

    Service Director

  8. Gary Silver

    Gary Silver

    Operations Director

  9. Scarlet Keiser

    Scarlet Keiser

    Executive Assistant

  10. Phia McDonnell

    Phia McDonnell

    Events & Catering Manager

  11. Alcena Plum

    Alcena Plum

    Manager

  12. Ally Reardon

    Ally Reardon

    Manager

  13. Alvin Go

    Alvin Go

    Assistant General Manager

  14. Ashley Kim

    Ashley Kim

    Manager

  15. Bernadette Biela

    Bernadette Biela

    Manager

  16. Caleb Floyd

    Caleb Floyd

    Manager

  17. Canara Rim

    Canara Rim

    Manager

  18. Christian Padilla

    Christian Padilla

    Sous Chef

  19. Cody Bellflower

    Cody Bellflower

    Chef

  20. Cody Samuels

    Cody Samuels

    Manager

  21. Colt Lippincott

    Colt Lippincott

    Sous Chef

  22. Daniel King

    Daniel King

    Sous Chef

  23. Dionne Himmelfarb

    Dionne Himmelfarb

    Pastry Chef

  24. David Kim

    David Kim

    General Manager

  25. Dominic Diodata

    Dominic Diodata

    Sous Chef

  26. Donald Adams

    Donald Adams

    Chef

  27. Elliot Kitzelman

    Elliot Kitzelman

    Sous Chef

  28. Evan DeCarufel

    Evan DeCarufel

    Sous Chef

  29. Gabriel Hodges

    Gabriel Hodges

    Manager

  30. Ivan Pautov

    Ivan Pautov

    Manager

  31. James Sebenoler

    James Sebenoler

    Sous Chef

  32. Jessica Rudell

    Jessica Rudell

    Chef

  33. Joe Bee

    Joe Bee

    Manager

  34. John Lundahl

    John Lundahl

    Sous Chef

  35. John Stone

    John Stone

    Sous Chef

  36. Jordan Moore

    Jordan Moore

    Sous Chef

  37. Jordan Richendrfer

    Jordan Richendrfer

    Sous Chef

  38. Justin Kim

    Justin Kim

    Sous Chef

  39. Kelsey Cline

    Kelsey Cline

    Sous Chef

  40. Kris Kalinczok

    Kris Kalinczok

    Corporate Catering Director

  41. Kyle Fong

    Kyle Fong

    Sous Chef

  42. Lacey Glatz

    Lacey Glatz

    Cafe Supervisor

  43. Marshall Nall

    Marshall Nall

    Pasta Wrangler

  44. Meg Posey

    Meg Posey

    Manager/Wine Director

  45. Melanie Steehler

    Melanie Steehler

    Sous Chef

  46. Michael Crossman

    Michael Crossman

    Manager

  47. Michael Genardini

    Michael Genardini

    Sous Chef

  48. Michael Gifford

    Michael Gifford

    Chef

  49. Nathan Witt

    Nathan Witt

    Sous Chef

  50. Nicole Matson

    Nicole Matson

    Chef

  51. Patrick Devine

    Patrick Devine

    General Manager

  52. Ricky Wyman

    Ricky Wyman

    Flatstick Operations Director

  53. Roger Harper

    Roger Harper

    Chef

  54. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  55. Sara Peterson

    Sara Peterson

    Manager

  56. Sadie White

    Sadie White

    Chef

  57. Scott Siff

    Scott Siff

    Chef

  58. Sean Ellick

    Sean Ellick

    Manager

  59. Steve Norkevicus

    Steve Norkevicus

    Sous Chef

  60. Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson

    Chef

  61. Taylor Pagano

    Taylor Pagano

    Chef

  62. Thomas O'Donnell

    Thomas O'Donnell

    Sous Chef

  63. Tony Ferrati

    Tony Ferrati

    Bar Manager

  64. Tosh Warnack

    Tosh Warnack

    Sous Chef

  65. Virginia Son

    Virginia Son

    Sous Chef

  66. Will Richey

    Will Richey

    Manager

  67. Aras Dailide

    Aras Dailide

    Chef

  68. Brandon Marie

    Brandon Marie

    Chef

  69. Thomas Cullen

    Thomas Cullen

    Chef

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