In 1996, Pete Rayner, made an important discovery. Local companies needing meeting space were not having their needs met by existing event facilities in a timely and professional manner. As an attorney spending a fair share of time at continuing education meetings and conferences, Pete experienced first-hand that most conference and meeting sites in Spokane were entirely without charm or even a window. In 1997, Beacon Hill Events was created and built on 200 wooded acres in the Spokane foothills.
Pete's daughter, Ellie, developed her passion for the event industry while producing of her sister's wedding at Beacon Hill. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2001, she excitedly returned to Beacon Hill to become it's Event Director. In her first year of her return, she managed over 100 special events. Ellie soon realized the important role that catering plays in the success of each event.
In 2003, Ellie and Pete became business partners and added catering to Beacon Hill’s repertoire of services. They created a full-service catering company, Grace Catering, LLC. Thus, began Ellie’s journey to become Executive Chef. Starting with her tutelage under a 40-year catering veteran, Ellie learned the tricks of the trade. Through her continued work and experience she developed her own culinary voice. In 2004, she traveled to Paris to train at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Through travel, research and education, Ellie continually looks for original ideas as inspiration for creative and distinctive events.
With overwhelming support from the greater Spokane community, Beacon Hill Catering and Events has been able to expand it's events team. Our executive team of chefs, managers, planners and facilities crew is dedicated to bringing handcrafted catering, a distinctive venue and personalized service to your event. The Beacon Hill Catering and Events team comes from a range of food and hospitality backgrounds and experiences. This diversity ensures that creativity and personalized service are front and center when planning your Spokane event.
In addition to our full-time staff, we are happy to offer many part-time employment opportunities to the Spokane community. To learn about current employment opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.