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. Kris Kalinczok

    Kris Kalinczok

    Executive Chef

  10. Phia McDonnell

    Phia McDonnell

    Events & Catering Manager

  11. Ricky Wyman

    Ricky Wyman

    Director of Food Operations

  12. Roger Harper

    Roger Harper

    Executive Chef

  13. Taylor Pagano

    Taylor Pagano

    Executive Chef

  14. Scarlet Keiser

    Scarlet Keiser

    Executive Assistant

  15. Alcena Plum

    Alcena Plum

    Manager

  16. Ally Reardon

    Ally Reardon

    Manager

  17. Aras Dailide

    Aras Dailide

    Chef

  18. Ashley Fells

    Ashley Fells

    Manager

  19. Bernadette Biela

    Bernadette Biela

    Manager

  20. Brandon Marie

    Brandon Marie

    Chef

  21. Christian Padilla

    Christian Padilla

    Chef

  22. Cody Bellflower

    Cody Bellflower

    Chef

  23. Daniel King

    Daniel King

    Sous Chef

  24. Dionne Himmelfarb

    Dionne Himmelfarb

    Pastry Chef

  25. Dominic Diodata

    Dominic Diodata

    Chef

  26. Eric Gould

    Eric Gould

    Chef

  27. Evan DeCarufel

    Evan DeCarufel

    Chef

  28. Gabriel Hodges

    Gabriel Hodges

    Manager

  29. Ivan Pautov

    Ivan Pautov

    Manager

  30. Jessica Rudell

    Jessica Rudell

    Chef

  31. Joe Bee

    Joe Bee

    Manager

  32. John Lundahl

    John Lundahl

    Sous Chef

  33. Jonathan van Vliet

    Jonathan van Vliet

    Manager

  34. Jordan Richendrfer

    Jordan Richendrfer

    Sous Chef

  35. Justin Kim

    Justin Kim

    Sous Chef

  36. Kelsey Cline

    Kelsey Cline

    Sous Chef

  37. Kyle Fong

    Kyle Fong

    Sous Chef

  38. Lacey Glatz

    Lacey Glatz

    Cafe Supervisor

  39. Marshall Nall

    Marshall Nall

    Pasta Wrangler

  40. Meg Posey

    Meg Posey

    Manager/Wine Director

  41. Melanie Steehler

    Melanie Steehler

    Sous Chef

  42. Michael Genardini

    Michael Genardini

    Chef

  43. Michael Gifford

    Michael Gifford

    Chef

  44. Nathan Witt

    Nathan Witt

    Sous Chef

  45. Patrick Devine

    Patrick Devine

    General Manager

  46. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  47. Scott Siff

    Scott Siff

    Chef

  48. Sean Ellick

    Sean Ellick

    Manager

  49. Seth Alexander

    Seth Alexander

    Sous Chef

  50. Steve Norkevicus

    Steve Norkevicus

    Sous Chef

  51. Tania Ross

    Tania Ross

    Manager

  52. Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson

    Chef

  53. Thomas Cullen

    Thomas Cullen

    Chef

  54. Thomas O'Donnell

    Thomas O'Donnell

    Sous Chef

  55. Tony Ferrati

    Tony Ferrati

    Bar Manager

  56. Tosh Warnack

    Tosh Warnack

    Sous Chef

  57. Travis Holder

    Travis Holder

    Sous Chef

  58. Will Richey

    Will Richey

    Manager

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