Meet the team

If it’s about restaurants, we’re on it. From dining guides to trend analyses, we sleuth out the chefs, restaurants, neighborhoods, and dishes shaping how we dine today.


Stefanie Tuder
Senior content marketing manager
Stefanie Tuder has built her career on creating guides to the best restaurants and telling the most fascinating stories about the food industry. She’s worked at Eater, Cosmopolitan, Good Morning America, Food Network Magazine, and more, and she now leads editorial content at OpenTable.
Tanay Warerkar
Content marketing manager
Tanay Warerkar has spent more than a decade as a journalist, including several years as a food reporter and editor. He’s worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, Eater, and the New York Daily News, among others. He now oversees features content at OpenTable, where he also stays on top of the hottest trends and developments in the restaurant industry.
Aarti Virani
Blog editor
Aarti Virani is a writer and editor who has covered South Asian arts and culture for publications like Vogue India, The Wall Street Journal, and The Juggernaut. She’s most energized when telling stories about communities and culinary traditions that don’t always get the spotlight, and now edits OpenTable’s blog content, working closely with local writers and industry experts to produce top-tier restaurant guides.
Marion Brewer
Senior content strategist
Marion Brewer is a writer whose first restaurant job was washing dishes. Since then, she’s gone on to work in marketing and events for the Tribeca Film Festival, Bon Appétit, and Crew, a restaurant group who operated properties on historic schooners anchored around the NYC harbor. At OpenTable, she helps shape copy and content for both campaigns and the blog.

Local writers

Laura Scholz
Claudia Alarcón
Stephanie Barna
Lisa Shames
Diana Spechler
Linnea Covington
Valerie Li Stack
Noelle Chun
Lauren McDowell
Karen Palmer
Los Angeles
Amber Love Bond
Kellie Walton Benz
Beth D'Addono
New Orleans
Andrea Strong
New York City
Nina Friend
Becky Duffett
San Francisco
Christabel Lobo
Washington, DC


Julia Borghini
Senior director, Brand Studio
Julia Borghini has dedicated her career to helping companies define, redefine, and grow their brands—overseeing everything from campaigns to product development at places like Landor and PayPal. Now at OpenTable, Julia helps our brand be the best it’s ever been.
Erich Grois
Senior brand design manager
Erich Grois is a curious, charismatic creative who loves cross-functional collaboration. He has been working as a creative lead in the Bay Area for over a decade at places like Yelp, NerdWallet, and LivingSocial. Now, Erich works nonstop at OpenTable to lead creative efforts across marketing and product channels.
Elizabeth Miller
Brand design manager
Elizabeth Miller has nearly a decade of experience working for brands like Apple, Airbnb, Target, and Levi Strauss. She’s currently focused on telling OpenTable’s brand story through campaigns, events, and design systems, and she’s constantly striving to make OpenTable restaurants the stars of that show.
Chandni Thawani
Senior brand designer
Chandni Thawani is a senior brand designer at OpenTable with a diverse creative background. She loves bringing the heat to our social channels, campaigns, and events—almost as much as she loves a good dosa.
Rita Poutivskaia
Brand designer
Rita Poutivskaia is a brand designer specializing in OpenTable’s creative email solutions and holiday campaigns. Rita has a passion for print design and watercolor painting fueled by her travel obsession, local or otherwise.