So much goes into every experience we have 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. (Email Carole)
Kathy Rygg, Managing Editor
Kathy, an Omaha native and graduate of Iowa State University, is a writer, editor, and children’s book author. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Elkhorn Soccer Club, for which both her sons play soccer, and she is also a volunteer for the Nebraska/Iowa Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and the parent coordinator for the My IBD Family committee at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. (Email Kathy)
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)
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.
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.
DINE ADVISORY BOARD
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
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. (Email Tom // 402-214-5070)
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