DiningOut will give authentic voice to the independent hospitality industry of Colorado—the restaurants, bars, gathering spaces, caterers, and mobile food/beverage outlets, together with suppliers, vendors, and service providers—creating a print and digital network through which information and resources can be communicated to the benefit of the industry as a whole, empowering and defending individual owners and operators, and protecting the integrity of autonomous creativity that collectively fuels the workforce, economy, diversity, and general well- being of our communities.
Meet our staff
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 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.
After spending a decade working in advertising agencies in account management, Valerie came on board the DiningOut team as the Sponsorship Director, blending two of her biggest passions, food and people. With a background in digital media, she also assists with DiningOut’s digital and social strategy. Valerie received a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder, but traces her roots back to where she was born and raised, in Greenville, South Carolina. Outside of DiningOut, you can find Valerie teaching barre classes, hiking 14ers, and planning her next travel adventure.
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.
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 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.
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 was a partner in Q House. Currently, she’s the GM at Denver’s Ash’Kara. She spends her free 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.