THE TEAM

Garlίc Prime Steak & Seafood is an innovative, young, energetic, and thriving upscale restaurant on Main Street in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The dedication, loyalty, energy, and personality from each member of our team has helped us raise the bar for exceptional dining in the Poconos.

We obtain and retain only the best employees – employees that work as hard as if this was their own business. Whether they have decided to make a career in food and beverage, pick up a part-time job while completing school, or anywhere in between – we stand behind our employees so that they can personally and professionally achieve their goals.

Household names – such as Kevin Kern, Kyle Kintz, Koty Schweiger, Brook Wolff, Alex Schork, Thomas Sarni, and Jennifer Valdez – have shown their dedication over the years and have helped Garlίc create and live up to its reputation as an exceptional upscale dining establishment.



Tim Smedley, Executive Chef of TEPSBEST Restaurants

With more than 18 years of culinary experience, Executive Chef Tim Smedley commands the TEPSBEST kitchens – Trackside Station Grill & Bar and Garlίc Prime Steak & Seafood – with his mouth watering dishes. Tim has been with TEPSBEST, from the very beginning and has catalyzed its growth and sustainability. Working side-by-side with Mike and Diane from the beginning and sharing their vision, Tim has taken the food quality and kitchen staff to new levels and has set the bar for an exceptional, upscale dining experience.

Tim is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program. He is the dedicated husband to a fiery, artistic redhead and the father of three beautiful daughters. Tim’s true passion is food, but when he’s not in the kitchen, he can be found on the slopes or at the beach!

 

Oliver Peters, Executive Chef of Garlίc Prime Steak & Seafood

Renowned Executive Chef of Garlc Prime Steak & Seafood, Oliver Peters, is a classic, French-trained Chef with more than 25 years of upscale dining experience. Oliver’s culinary journey extends across the United States and Europe, in particular, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Oliver’s repertoire includes upscale country clubs, upscale Hotels and Restaurants, the German Army, and high-profile celebrities and clients.

Chef Oliver’s formal culinary training began with an apprenticeship in the Bristol Hotel Kempinski in Berlin, Germany. When Oliver isn’t in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces, he is spending time with his family and participating in outdoor recreation.

 

John Picarello, Pastry Chef

Pastry Chef John Picarello is perfect example of climbing the ladder within the company. John started working as a line cook for Trackside Station more than six years ago. Soon after John started, he was tasked with making dessert and it was immediately apparent that he had a secret talent. Over the years, John climbed his way from a line cook to the Pastry Chef for both Trackside Station and Garlίc. John’s dedication to the company earned him the ability to specialize in what he loves – creating delicious in-house pastries and the finest desserts around.  

John attended Northampton Community College and Monroe County Career & Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts programs. John is an active member on the MCTI Culinary Arts Advisory Board. John is a loving father. He prides himself in providing an amazing culinary experience.

 

Robin Opperlee, TEPSBEST Marketing Director

Marketing Director Robin Opperlee brings a solid business background to the table. Over the last 13 years, Robin has held leadership roles in a variety of fields – nonprofit, corporate marketing, education, and hospitality – specializing in marketing and sales. As the Marketing Director for TEPSBEST, Robin is charged with building business and relationships with the community and target markets, ever increasing stakeholder interest in the TEPSBEST experience.  

Robin has a B.S. in Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and an A.S. in Marketing/Management. Robin is the proud mother of a high energy, insanely sarcastic son. Robin coaches youth soccer, trains Koei Kan Karate, and fills in her free time with bucket list adventures and rock/country concerts.   

 

Sabrina Sarni, Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager Sabrina Sarni started her career with TEPSBEST as a host at Trackside Station Grill & Bar. Very soon after, due to her hard work, dedication, and loyalty she was moved over to Garlίc. A few months after her transition, she was promoted to Manager on Duty and then Assistant Manager of the Front of the House Operations.

In addition to Sabrina’s role as the Assistant Manager at Garlίc, she is also TEPSBEST’s Administrative Assistant, and is actively interning with TEPSBEST Media. When Sabrina isn’t working, she can be found shopping, pampering herself, and soaking up the sun at the beach.