The Benson and Fire & Vine Hospitality Announce New Culinary Partnership | The Benson Hotel

The Benson and Fire & Vine Hospitality Announce New Culinary Partnership

PORTLAND (May 23, 2023) – The Benson Portland, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, and Fire & Vine Hospitality have announced a partnership to provide culinary services by El Gaucho Portland to the Palm Court lobby restaurant at the city’s landmark hotel. El Gaucho will likewise provide culinary for The Benson’s meetings and special events.

The official announcement follows a multimillion dollar-renovation to The Benson, located at 309 SW Broadway, which includes design updates to the historic lobby, restaurant and bar, and meeting and event spaces.

The Palm Court Restaurant, as well as weddings, banquets and all events for The Benson Portland, will feature Culinary by El Gaucho, offering a variety of El Gaucho steakhouse classics including Certified Angus Beef brand filet medallions from Niman Ranch, Wicked Shrimp, Dungeness crab cakes, as well as salads and sandwiches for lunch and dinner.

For more than 25 years, El Gaucho has been the Northwest’s premier steakhouse, with restaurants in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Vancouver and Portland. The current downtown Portland location opened in 2000 in the Benson Hotel and is accessible from the lobby.

“The El Gaucho experience is legendary in Portland,” said Mark Goeman, managing director for The Benson. “Blending exceptional food with The Benson’s impeccable service and quintessential style will help us create an extraordinary guest experience.”

The Palm Court Restaurant & Bar – now featuring custom banquette seating, a large community table and a unique bar design of hand-picked Calacatta Extra marble that waterfalls at the edge — beckons guests to imbibe, gather and connect. The design introduces a modern simplicity that, in contrast, highlights the existing architecture of the space.

Breakfast is served 6:30 – 11:00 a.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on weekends. Lunch is offered 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, with dinner from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Room service is available, as are some selections outside of the hours listed above.

“Since 2000, we have been proud to be part of downtown Portland in the remarkable Benson Hotel,” said Cooper Mills, president of Fire & Vine Hospitality, which manages El Gaucho. “Our expanded culinary partnership with The Benson will provide locals and visitors alike with our El Gaucho signature quality when they dine in the Palm Court, or host meetings and celebrations in the beautiful private dining spaces found in the hotel.”

Celebrations, gatherings, food, and drinks have always been keystones of family and community, and a part of The Benson’s foundation for more than a century. With newly refined meeting and event spaces that preserve the hotel’s historic detailing, and catering by the Northwest’s iconic steakhouse, The Benson makes for the perfect backdrop to celebrate life’s most memorable occasions.

Replete with gold leafing, Austrian crystal chandeliers and an ornate coffered ceiling, the ballroom’s elegance has been augmented with a new modern carpet and drapery on the cathedral windows that complement the European-style hotel detailing.

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Managed by Coast Hospitality Management LLC, The Benson is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Established in 1913, The Benson Portland, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, combines European elegance and charm with modern luxuries. The award-winning hotel is centrally located in downtown Portland and has long catered to celebrities, dignitaries and nearly every US president since William H. Taft. The Benson is currently ranked as number two on TripAdvisor out of the 161 hotels in Portland. In addition to its spacious guestrooms and suites, the property honors its rich past through the Historic Stairwell, a mini museum featuring over 160 photos and stories of Portland and its many landmark buildings, including the venerable Benson Hotel.

The Benson is also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 world-class brands. Members who book directly through the preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows them to choose nearly any combination of Hilton Honors points and money to book a stay, and affords them free standard Wi-Fi and an exclusive discount that can’t be found anywhere else. They also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app through which they can check in, choose a room and access it using a digital key.

Learn more about The Benson Portland at, and follow the hotel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit

Revelers Club is the industry’s most generous rewards program designed to honor guests’ loyalty and provide benefits at each location in the collection: Fire & Vine Hospitality restaurants El Gaucho Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Portland and Vancouver; AQUA by El Gaucho: Aerlume; and Witness Tree lounge, as well as Denim Hospitality locations: Yellowhawk Resort, Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing in Walla Walla and Woodinville, WA. Free to join, the Revelers Club shares birthday and anniversary gifts at each level of the program, and members receive points for every dollar spent.

Each Revelers Club location is unique to the community it serves, and all share the following attributes:
• Service – Provide every guest with a unique, unparalleled experience and revel in celebrating lives.
• Quality – Mission is to source the best quality ingredients in the world for guests to enjoy.
• Community – Building a strong community through financial giving and sharing time and resources are core company values.

Revelers Club is managed by the Fire & Vine Hospitality team, which provides operational leadership, product sourcing, marketing and technology support for some of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic lodging and restaurants.

Curio Collection by Hilton is a global portfolio of more than a hundred one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries and territories. Its properties offer guests authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings and elevated amenities, while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Experience a positive stay at a Curio Collection property by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about the brand at, and follow Curio Collection by Hilton on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Media Contact:
Elitsa Yaneva
GreenRubino, Public Relations for The Benson Portland
P: 425.495.2819

Beth Herrell Silverberg
Union Bay Communications, Public Relations for Fire & Vine Hospitality
P: 206.679.5157

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