Tonight will be Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli's last night behind the bar at Craigie on Main. We knew that tonight would be wild so we spent last night in our favorite corner at his bar. The place was packed from the moment they opened so we weren't the only ones with that thought.
Everyone from the folks on Chowhound to the Boston Globe, is asking about his plans. He says he's taking some time off. That makes us happy because we know how hard he's worked over the past year to build the reputation and success he's achieved.
We're making Tom's Twitter address our link this week. If you want to know what he's doing, you can follow him at: http://twitter.com/TSGBone.
For those who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Tom
He's been an important element in our enjoyment of Craigie - one of the reasons we came back again and again. It speaks well of Tom as a manager and leader that we also have excellent service when Carrie Cole is behind the bar. He's good at all aspects of his job.
While others follow Tom for his renown skill as an artist with cocktails, we're wine drinkers who have found his wine recommendations and knowledge outstanding.
Last night, as we were ready to order dessert, we decided to have one of the great drinks that we've seen him craft for others. Tom created a special drink to match our favorite gingerbread dessert.
It was a bourbon-based drink because he knows we both love bourbon. He added notes to it from three or four bottles and mixed until it met his high standards. It was delicious and a perfect match.
Thank you Tom, for all the enjoyable hours we've spent in your very capable hands. Make the most of your time off and know that we'll be waiting to hear about the decisions you make and directions you take in the year ahead.
Writers: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Artwork: From Tom's Twitter page