Tom Maccarone, General Manager & Owner
Growing up in Walla Walla, among a large Italian family, Tom learned at an early age the strong connections between food, wine, family and friends. Having worked in his parent’s Walla Walla restaurant as a child Tom also grew to love the food service industry and the bonds that great food and a great experience can create. At the urging of friends and family who recognized his knack for hospitality, Tom opened T. Maccarone’s in 2005 to create a Washington wine country culinary experience, steeped in Italian heritage, and showcasing Walla Walla Valley’s agricultural bounty. At the beginning of September 2013, Tom celebrated T. Maccarone’s eighth anniversary with a complete redesign "Eight years of business is a huge accomplishment and we're excited to celebrate this milestone with a fresh new look," says Tom. "T. Maccarone's is a fantastic meeting place and we want its feel to always be as vibrant as the food, and community, we serve."
Javier Esparza, Executive Chef
Originally from Mexico, Javier and his family moved to Walla Walla in his younger years. He graduated from Wa-Hi and got interested in food thanks to cooking shows and the Food Network. Inspired by what he saw, Javier attended Western Culinary Institute in Portland and graduated in 2001. Since then, Javier has been flying high as a chef on the Nike campus and as a private chef for famous sports figures -- he has even cooked for the likes of Paul Allen, Queen Elizabeth and President George Bush. Most recently, Javier worked as the Sous Chef at Saffron in Walla Walla. When asked what his favorite things to make and eat are he answers, “ceviche and sushi -- because i love using fresh fish!” In his spare time Javier likes to watch football, run and play baseball.
Melysa LeFore, Pastry Chef
Born and raised in Walla Walla, Melysa was a child with a passion for desserts. Growing up, she discovered her talent for baking and baked often for friends and family, making cakes, cookies, brownies and family-sized batches of cinnamon rolls. Melysa’s favorite ingredient is seasonal fruits. “I love that I can change a recipe just by changing the fruit. It can completely change the entire style and flavor of a dish,” she says. Outside of work Melysa likes to play with her two high-energy Jack Russell Terriers, running, and testing out new baking recipes. Asked if there is anything she wants people to know about her, Melysa says, “I am a very happy person; I tend to always have a smile on my face.” What puts a smile on our faces is her favorite food -- homemade pasta. A great fit for T. Maccarones!