Family

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."

 

Gerry Meza, Executive Chef

A native of Michoacan, Mexico, Gerry moved to Walla Walla in 1993 with his parents, who worked on farms in the area. Gerry became interested in cooking while watching “Iron Chef” and would test out his dishes on his parents, who he wanted to be able to make dinner for after they spent long days working in the hot sun. Gerry doesn’t focus on types of cuisines, but prefers instead to combine bright colors and bold flavors in unexpected ways -- such as with T. Mac’s popular Halibut Sliders. He enjoys working with seafood, salmon and halibut in particular, and also likes to experiment a lot with this food. “Some pairings might not be perfection at first, but that’s what this career is all about -- trying new things,” says Gerry. When asked where his favorite place to eat is he says, “T. Mac’s, of course!”

 

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!