One of the city’s youngest, most innovative and respected restaurateurs, Tom was born into restaurant life. At eight years old Tom was working the coat-check at The Blue Room for his uncle, Chef Chris Schlesinger, and could often be seen running next door to pick up movie tickets for guests. He hasn’t stopped running.
Tom’s hospitality management, bartending and wine knowledge were honed at several of New England’s most acclaimed restaurants, including East Coast Grill, The Back Eddy, Craigie On Main, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Island Creek Oyster Bar, earning “Rising Star of Boston” and “Best of Boston/Best Bartender, Best Wine List, Best Cocktails, Best Restaurant” honors along the way. Now he shares his vision of Modern Hospitality and New England Coastal Cuisine at his own restaurant, Alcove.
“This is an amazing location, a gorgeous waterfront patio, a contemporary space surrounded by neighborhoods that were looking for that great place to go to for dinner and a drink. Everyone is welcome here at Alcove – from TD Garden fans, to Best of Boston readers, to guests looking for amazing food and wine, to first dates, to families – this is a neighborhood restaurant. I am so proud of our team – we are one of the most diverse teams in the city, and we are excited to share our positive energy and hospitality.”
Fidel grew up in a large family in the northwest of Mexico, watching and learning from his grandmother Lourdes as she prepared delicious dishes of the region. He followed that culinary passion, working in restaurants and eventually moving to Massachusetts. Fidel joined the opening team of Alcove and has risen through the ranks, developing the raw bar and charcuterie stations, and now leading the teams as sous chef.
Director of Private Events, Marketing, and Special Projects
Jeni is the secret sauce at Alcove. She always finds a way to extend Alcove’s award-winning hospitality one step further while working closely with our team and guests. Jeni helps create amazing and memorable private events in the dining room, bar and out on the patio. Her energy, can-do attitude and commitment to excellence is unparalleled. Jeni’s restaurant heritage is deep and respected indeed, opening the beloved Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square and continuing on with that team to open Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34 Fort Point + Portsmouth, The Hawthorne, and Branch Line in quick succession.
Tom and Jeni are our dynamic duo – these two have worked together for years and share a passion for neighborhood hospitality and for family. Somehow Jeni manages to juggle her family at home and her family at Alcove seemingly effortlessly. Jeni hopes to welcome you to Alcove one day soon!
You never know if you’ll see Tara with a wine bottle or a camera in her hand – she is adept with both! An integral part of the wine team, Tara runs Alcove’s “Wine of the Month” program and assists Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli with the restaurant’s Wine Spectator award-winning wine collection. Tara first worked with Tom at Island Creek Oyster Bar, and prior to that she made a mark in the city’s hospitality scene at Scampo and Bar Mezzana.
If you have seen photos of Alcove’s stunning sunsets over the Zakim Bridge, then you probably have seen how talented Tara is with the camera too. She brings an eye, a spirit and a taste for hospitality by sharing a warm welcome, helping guests select their soon-to-be-new-favorite wine, and capturing photos of our iconic waterfront sunsets.