I mean, let’s talk the way we really talk. Not through the filter of PR jargon. Not through public social media snapshots. Not through the apologetic I’m sorry we didn’t live up to your expectation online review bullshit. Let’s. Fucking. Talk.
Josh Dinar, Publisher
Josh Dinar co-founded Pearl Publishing Media Group in 1998 in Denver. He has authored a pictorial history of Denver, Denver Then and Now, and co-authored The Conscious Cleanse. Together with chef Daniel Asher, he owns and operates River and Woods in Boulder, Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery in Golden, Ash’Kara Unorthodox Cuisine in Denver, and Barrio75 in Ketchum, Idaho. He is also a partner in T/ACO and the Rayback Collective in Boulder, as well as DiningOut Events, which produces food and beverage-centric festivals of all sizes. He has multiple new restaurant projects slated for the coming months.
Jeff Suskin, Publisher
Jeff Suskin is a co-founder of Pearl Publishing Media Group and a partner in numerous Colorado restaurant projects, including Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery, T/ACO, Ash’Kara Unorthodox Cuisine, and several upcoming projects. He is the founder and director of DiningOut Events, which produces (among its acclaimed signature projects) Top Taco in Denver and New Orleans, Chicken Fight, Rare: A Steak Challenge, and the Wedding Party.
Geoff Smith, Publisher
Geoff Smith is a co-founder of Pearl Publishing Media Group and is the founder and director of DiningOut Passbook program, an annual guide to great restaurants for several cities, including Denver and the soon-to-be-released Boulder edition. Geoff has also opened several restaurants, including T/ACO in Boulder.
Payton Hoops, Business Development Manager
With a true passion for projects and people, Payton has spent time working in the nonprofit sector, higher education, outdoor recreation, health and wellness, and event production. She joined DiningOut Events in 2019 as the Sponsorship Manager, and recently transitioned to her current role supporting DiningOut Magazine and DiningOut Events full time through sales, partnerships, and operations. On the weekends you’ll find her galavanting in the mountains, teaching Spin class, and perfecting the art of an egg scramble.
Amanda M. Faison, Editor in Chief
Amanda M. Faison, who recently came aboard DiningOut as editor in chief, has chased stories about food and restaurant culture for more than two decades. In addition to freelance writing, Faison was the longtime food editor of 5280, Denver’s city magazine. She has also published stories in national titles such as Food & Wine, Outside, Elle Decor, and Travel & Leisure. Her ranch-to-plate feature “Soul Food” was anthologized in Best Food Writing 2010. She has also edited four cookbooks and has twice judged the James Beard Foundation's annual cookbook awards.
Amy Antonation, Digital Editor
After spending her young adulthood drinking her way through Europe and teaching in southern Africa, Amy Antonation settled down at a respectable government job until she decided writing about food was much more fun. She’s covered Denver’s food and drink happenings for Westword since since 2017 and has learned a few things in that time: Restaurant and bar folks have the best stories on the planet, a bar is the only acceptable form of community seating, and tacos should be topped with onions and cilantro only.
Stephanie Ingraham, Art Director
Stephanie Ingraham is a talented artist and designer with a love of realizing organizational vision. Stephanie joined DiningOut in 2019 and dove right in. Prior to that, she owned a freelance design company with clients including Level 3 Communications and Project Angel Heart. Stephanie’s main focus was working with solo business owners to create brand cohesiveness, though her favorite project was illustrating a series of children's books for a local author. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine-art painting from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. She received Illustrator of the Year from Emerald Signature Publishing in 2010 and placed first in the Art Directors Club of Denver Paper Fashion Show in 2013 and 2014.
Michele La Grego, Marketing
Michele hails from the apparel world, where she held global marketing positions for various Fortune 500 companies. She’s also passionate about food and previously owned a small gourmet eatery in San Francisco before moving to Colorado and helping develop DiningOut's social media content strategy.
Jen Mattioni, Beverage Editor
Jen Mattioni started working in bars and restaurants as a Philadelphia high school student and never left the industry. She moved to Denver in 2008 and in 2018 opened Q House with chef/business partner, Chris Lin. Outside of the restaurant and completing her MFA degree, she spends her time eating as many breakfast sandwiches as humanly possible, creating oddball cocktails with ingredients she’s never used, fiending for dumplings, and reading too many books simultaneously.
Nikki Medanovic, Editorial Intern
Nikki is an editorial intern with DiningOut Magazine and studies political science and Spanish at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career goal is to become a broadcast journalist. She is excited to be able to expand her reporting skills while learning about the restaurant industry.