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."

 

Derek Tombleson, Chef

Derek has worked in many great kitchens, from Alaska to Costa Rica and Hawaii to the East Coast, and enjoys both the travel his work has afforded him and the opportunity to learn about regional cooking. Derek had a handful of influences in his decision to become a chef, notably the fond memories of holidays in his Grandmother Marino’s kitchen, rolling out fresh pasta and gnocchi. Derek loves being outdoors -- his favorite meal to make is sushi made with fresh King salmon caught while fishing with friends in Alaska -- and is excited by the bounty of Walla Walla’s local farmers, ranchers, winemakers and purveyors. “For years I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Walla Walla food and wine scene,” he says. “This is going to be a great place to work and live alongside like minded people.” It works out well that Derek’s favorite ingredient is dry aged, prime graded, American beef -- one of the most popular items on T. Maccarone’s menu is our steak!

 

Danielle Beebe, Restaurant & Bar Manager

Danielle joined the T. Maccarone’s family early in 2015 and brings a wealth of experience from her previous work at the Marcus Whitman hotel and Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen. Her favorite thing about the business is her guests, “It is such an honor to know that I am helping them have a good time,” she says. “I love learning, and this is a great environment to do so: everything is always changing! New wines and winemakers, creative food preparations, inventive cocktails, there is always something new and exciting.” Originally from Kitsap County, Danielle and her family moved to Walla Walla (her husband’s hometown) after the birth of her first daughter and outside of work her time is all about family and home -- she loves to spend time with her husband and two girls, gardening and walking the family dog. Asked what her favorite meal at T. Mac’s is, Danielle says, “To be honest, my favorite meals are the ones that aren’t on the menu yet- ones that are still in the process of being perfected. Seeing the creative culinary process in action is so inspiring.”