Meet the Judges


Jayne Buck

Vice President of Tourism, VISIT DENVER

As the Vice President of Tourism for VISIT DENVER, Jayne manages all tourism marketing efforts for international, domestic consumer and leisure group markets. Her responsibilities for increasing leisure visitors to Denver include the development of multicultural, LGBTQ and cultural tourism initiatives like Denver Arts Week and the Denver 365 online event calendar. She also manages four Tourist Information Centers and the Go the EXTRA Mile hospitality training, as well as working with Denver International Airport on global air service development.

Jayne serves on the Mayor’s Commission for Cultural Affairs and the Denver County SCFD Cultural Council.  She is a board member for the Biennial of the Americas, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the Denver Theatre District and the Japan America Society of Colorado. 


Courtney Drake-McDonough

Founder, In Good Taste Denver

Courtney Drake-McDonough is a Denver native, writer, editor and marketer. She is the founder and editor of InGoodTasteDenver.com, a blog providing news and reviews of restaurants, arts and culture and travel. Courtney is also a journalist, writing for a variety of publications including Colorado Expression, 5280, The Denver Post, and Colorado Parent. Although any topic is fair game, the restaurant world is always fascinating to her.


Greg Hollenback

Host, Modern Eater

A Denver native, Greg Hollenback has been a media personality in Colorado for 15 years. Working in all platforms of traditional media Greg’s has created original content for television, radio and news prints. Currently Greg host’s the Modern Eater and the Modern Drinker food and beverage show’s on iHeart radio.

“With my love for our community and the people that live in it, combined with my passion for food and beverage, doing a radio show featuring Colorado’s amazing culinary and libation scene was a no brainer for me,” Greg proclaims.

Aside from Greg’s passion for discovering new foods and beverages, you may find Greg urban gardening, exploring Colorado and enjoying his family and friends.


Lori Midson

Restaurant Critic, Dining Out Magazine

A serial street taco junkie, craft beer hoarder, cook and cookbook collector, Lori Midson is an editor, food writer and restaurant critic who has written extensively about the Mile High City's culinary scene since the late 1990s. Prior to her current position as restaurant critic of Denver Life magazine and author of DiningOut’s The List with Lori Midson, she was food editor of Westword and Zagat Denver. Her writing has also appeared on the pages of 5280, Sunset, The Guardian, Life & Style Weekly, Colorado AvidGolfer, TastingTable.com and Foodnetwork.com.

Lori is a Denver native who lives in Washington Park with her husband, son and super-amazing dog. The other members of her family are pretty cool, too.


Callie Sumlin

Assistant Food Editor, 5280 Magazine

As assistant food editor, Callie Sumlin creates stories for 5280's Eat & Drink section, manages the dining guide, and oversees 5280.com's food-related digital coverage and weekly e-newsletter, Table Talk. A Colorado native, Callie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in English and Spanish. She joined the 5280 staff full time in 2015.


Stefanie Jones

President + Founder, Feed Media

As the founder and president of Feed Media, Stefanie is a seasoned communications professional. She began her career in Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist before moving to Denver in 1997 where she translated her lobbying experience into a career in public relations.

Many jobs at many agencies later, Stefanie founded Feed Media (then called Stefanie Jones Public Relations) in 2003 and has grown it into an award-winning services company that works with top restaurant, resort and real estate development businesses in Denver and nationwide.