Growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tommy Marcinko loved the communal spirit mealtime fostered. He dreamed of becoming a professional chef and attended Johnson & Wales University’s Culinary Arts program in Charleston, South Carolina. Over the course of his studies, however, he realized the importance of learning and understanding all aspects of the business and pursued a career in hospitality management instead of cooking.
Marcinko’s first major foray into the food and beverage community was as an early member of the Maverick Southern Kitchens’ High Cotton team. He worked for six years as a manager under the leadership of Dick Elliott and David Marconi, learning the ins-and-outs of the business. In 2006, he was promoted to General Manager of High Cotton’s sister property in Greenville, South Carolina. Three years later, Marcinko and his new fiancé Blanca relocated to Richmond, Virginia to be closer to their families. He joined the team at The Hard Shell as General Manager and remained there for four years. On a trip to Charleston in 2011, Marcinko dined at the newly opened Indigo Road restaurant, The Macintosh, and he knew he wanted to be a part of their team. Two years later, he moved back to the Holy City to serve as General Manager of The Macintosh for two years, working under the leadership of Managing Partner Steve Palmer and Executive Chef Jeremiah Bacon.
In 2016, Marcinko was offered a position with Neighborhood Dining Group to be General Manager of both the new 22-seat, tasting-menu-only McCrady’s and the revitalized McCrady’s Tavern. “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a team of the utmost talent that I can learn from every day,” he says.
When not on the restaurant floor, he can be found visiting local farmers’ markets and fish mongers, cooking at home, or playing a round of golf.