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The Gateway Guesthouse is dedicated to excellence in accommodations, amenities, service and cuisine. Our goal is to ensure your time with us is all you expect and more.
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Bess & Blaise
Owners & Innkeepers
About The Innkeepers
Bess Giannakakis, co-founder, co-owner and chef of The Gateway Guesthouse, has been a professional chef for more than 20 years, working in some of the best restaurants in Minneapolis MN and most recently, founding the Colossal Cafe. Now she brings her culinary talents directly to you.
Though she fuses American, French, Greek, Italian, Moroccan, Turkish, Spanish and Mexican in her dishes, her food is often billed as straightforward, authentic and honest. This eclectic mix is born of her heritage, history and world travels. The culinary results spring from Besss heartfelt belief in real food, for real people.
In addition to advancing in all chef and ownership experiences, Bess has often been asked to deliver fine cooking lessons and demonstrations. She has been Food Safety Certified for more than 20 years and is often consulted regarding addressing the many concerns of food safety within the real world environment of cooking for the public.
Blaise Bahara, co-founder, co-owner and operations manager of The Gateway Guesthouse, has worked extensively as an executive and consultant with Fortune-500 corporations and as the owner and operator of her own Events Management and Interior Design firms.
The Gateway and The Community: Bess and Blaise continue to maintain active profiles in the community with involvement in Susan G Komen for the Cure, Dining Out for Life, Hill Country Ride for AIDS and the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride Against Breast Cancer. In addition, The Gateway is actively involved in the Austin Historical Commission, South River City Citizens and The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake development and enhancement.
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