About Dine Nebraska

So much goes into every experience we have at a restaurant, whether it’s casual, fine dining, a cocktail lounge or brewery. We want to share the knowledge of industry professionals, provide tips for cooking enthusiasts, and highlight the unique events and opportunities available in our community, all with the hope of elevating the Nebraska dining experience.


Carole Sprunk, Owner/Publisher

Carole Sprunk is the publisher and owner of Dine Magazine. Since 2012, Carole has been involved in the newspaper and printing industries. Starting a Newspapers In Education program, having a passion for printing and love for Omaha led to purchasing Dine’s sister publication Edge Magazine. Carole@dinenebraska.com

Kathy Rygg, Managing Editor

Kathy, an Omaha native and graduate of Iowa State University, is a writer, editor, and children’s book author. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Elkhorn Athletic Association,  a committee member for the Nebraska/Iowa Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation annual Night of Champions event, and the parent coordinator for the My IBD Family committee at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.  Kathy@dinenebraska.com

Quentin Lueninghoener, Designer

Quentin is a graphic designer, illustrator and journalist based in Omaha, Neb. After earning a degree in News-Editorial from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Communication, he worked as a designer and artist at The Oregonian and The Omaha World-Herald. Since 2012, he’s been running a design company, Hanscom Park Studio, which worked on the design of the magazine and Dine website.

Christopher Tierney, Photographer

Chris, an Omaha native, has been a photographer for 9 years and studied under several local area photographers before setting off on his own. He loves meeting new, interesting people, doesn’t take himself too seriously, and can make a mean PB&J sandwich (his wife is a classically trained French chef). In addition to shooting for Dine and Edge, he loves photographing weddings. (Christopher Tierney Photography)

Mark Gudgel, Contributing Writer

Mark Gudgel is an Omaha-based teacher and writer with a passion for supporting small local businesses. He is currently running for Mayor of Omaha.

Anna Hartman, Contributing Writer

Anna is a freelance food writer, recipe tester, and culinary student who adores mise en place, eats, drinks, and outdoorsy activities. You will also find her working in the Continuing Education department at the MCC Institute for the Culinary Arts, further feeding her mise en place obsession while helping others find their way around the kitchen.

Dan Hoppen, Contributing Writer

Dan Hoppen is passionate about finding and highlighting the best restaurants in Omaha and uncovering what makes Omaha’s culinary scene so special. He hosts the Restaurant Hoppen podcast and is the owner/operator of RestaurantHoppen.com.

Michael Meyer, Contributing Writer

Michael has always been writer at heart. Over the past 2 years he has covered the Nebraska craft beer scene through his blog joejavastout.com and has published his first book. Michael is a supporter of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild and Pink Boots Society. He has a passion for supporting local businesses and charities.

Vera Lynn Petersen, Contributing Writer

Vera is a food writer based out of a small town between Omaha and Des Moines. She refers to herself as “a local foodie cheerleader” in that she loves supporting and promoting all of the positive experiences she has at local restaurants. In addition to food writing, she is the founder of The Omaha Foodie Club, the Head of Community Engagement at Bench, and runs her own private practice for clinical mental health counseling. 


We have partnered with local industry experts in order to provide relevant, timely, unique content that consumers and industry professionals will appreciate. Our Advisory Board draws from a number of individuals across the food and beverage industry so that we are constantly generating new ideas.

Matt Brown, Advanced Sommelier, V. Mertz

Brian O’Malley, Metropolitan Community College Institute for the Culinary Arts 


Nicole Buntgen, Advertising Account Executive

Nicole is an Advertising Account Executive for Edge and Dine Magazines. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and fell in love with advertising as a freshman. Now, she utilizes her communication skills and her creative mindset to help grow the Edge and Dine brands throughout the state and region. Nicole@dinenebraska.com

Tom Patton, Advertising Account Executive

Tom is an Advertising Account Executive for Dine Magazine. He previously was a Commercial Insurance Producer and Agency owner. He is a father of 4 children and grandfather of 6. Tom was a college basketball and baseball player, and his hobbies are golf, outdoor activities and he is an avid sports fan. Tom@dinenebraska.com

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