General Manager and 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. His gracious style sets the tone for the warm and welcoming experience our guests have come to expect.
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.
In 2010 Tom took an offer he couldn’t refuse and opened Olive Marketplace and Cafe, and with the help of the community, breathed new life into a mainstay of Walla Walla’s Main Street. Tom is incredibly proud of Olive and the caring community that came together to make it the success it is today. At the end of 2012 Tom sold his interest in Olive to refocus on his first love -- T. Maccarone’s. Says Maccarone, “T. Mac’s is where my heart is. I am so excited to be back in the mix, focusing on my first love, and doing what I do best.”
Growing up in a family enmeshed in the food service industry, Chef Preston’s love for all things gastronomy began at an early age. As a child he could often be found helping his mother in the cafeteria where she worked, absorbing all the lessons she had to teach him. With his passion for food already smoldering, Preston chose to pursue his passion professionally by studying culinary arts at Walla Walla Community College -- the same cafeteria he had helped his mother in as a child.
After completing his schooling Preston went on to work with, and learn from, a variety of celebrated local chefs including James Beard award nominee Chris Ainsworth of Saffron and Brian von Eggers of Plateau restaurant at Wildhorse Resort and Casino. Food has also fueled Preston to travel on tasting adventures through the cuisines of his culinary idols -- from Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Napa, California to Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, Illinois.
Preston joined the T. Maccarone’s family in 2010 and sees his work as an avenue to channel his creativity and he strives for perfection in every plate he produces. He is inspired by the agricultural bounty of the Walla Walla valley and loves creating dishes that entice the palate yet showcase the flavor of these fresh ingredients with elegant simplicity. Preston’s goals are to create truly memorable Washington wine country culinary experiences and to leave your taste buds with a lingering sense of...“wow!”