As Director of Dining Services at The Clare, Francesco Tardio is responsible for overseeing the food and beverage operations at the Clare, from purchasing, planning, preparing, and serving in the restaurants to overseeing catering and special events.
Prior to coming to The Clare, Francesco held positions as food and beverage director, director of outlets, and general manager for exclusive private clubs, hotels, and restaurants in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. He received a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently pursuing an MBA with a major in Healthcare Administration from Concordia University in Chicago.
Francesco says, “Working at The Clare has allowed me to gain a new and exciting perspective on the role that food plays in our lives. It has made me much more aware on how critical food is to maintain physical well being. It’s challenging and extremely rewarding to be responsible for something that is a major component of our community’s social life, as well as a major source of pleasure for our residents.”
Outside of work, Francesco spends most of his time with his wife and two boys. He is very passionate about playing and watching soccer and listening to alternative rock.
“I have never experienced in any other job before the level of gratitude that I receive here from our residents,” says Francesco. “Their honest feedback and appreciation is the reason why I love to work at the Clare!”