DIRECTOR OF SERVICE
A charismatic people person, Valerio was introduced to hospitality at the age of eight, in his grandparents’ restaurant in Rome. By age 14, his sights were set on hotellerie school to pursue a career providing unforgettable experiences.
With a keen eye for elegance and a natural focus on European fine dining, Valerio has an impressive resume with Michelin starred restaurants including La Pergola in Rome (3 stars), Alain Ducasse Group in Paris (3 stars), Locanda Locatelli in London (1 star); and the Four Seasons in Houston among others.
As La Table’s Director of Service, Valerio is passionate about making memories for loyal patrons and new guests alike. Under Valerio’s leadership, La Table has won multiple awards including: 3 stars by Houston Chronicle, Best New Restaurant by Houstonia Magazines, and Best Service by Houston Press.
Precision, culinary innovation, organization and teamwork have been driving forces behind Chef Stephen Conklin’s career success in acclaimed restaurants over the past decade. After graduating with honors from New York’s prestigious Institute of Culinary Education, Conklin trained in kitchens including the 3-star Michelin Le Bernardin and La Grenouille. He went on to secure the position of Sous Chef at Lincoln Ristorante, working closely with luminary Chef Jonathan Benno, and later rising to Chef de Cuisine. Conklin returns to La Table from New York after spearheading La Table’s kitchen operations from summer 2017 through winter 2018, bringing with him once again an approach to food as an art form.
For more than two decades, Bobby Boenig has been welcoming guests to the restaurants, wine bars and nightclubs he’s called ‘home.’ His welcoming demeanor and keen eye for the bottom line collectively make Bobby ideally suited to oversee all aspects of La Table’s day-to-day operations. He values – and welcomes – input from patrons, and Bobby makes it his top priority to ensure a unique, welcoming environment with exceptional food, fabulous libations and exemplary service.
As General Manager, Bobby draws upon his similar roles at Peska Seafood and Max’s Wine Dive and Mercury Room, where he was instrumental in significantly increasing operational efficiencies. Away from La Table, Bobby enjoys learning about wines, trying new recipes in his home kitchen and cheering for the Astros.
Work with Us
At La Table we look for professionals that are passionate about what they do and how they do it. We seek experienced individuals that understand the industry and treat our guests as they want to be treated, with warm-welcoming personalities and a smile, with respect and dedication.
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