Lunch Break: Meet OpenTabler Daama Sheepo

DaamaOpenTable seats more than 16 million diners each month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. Our team of talented engineers helps us meet that ever-growing demand, crafting the code that makes life delicious. Daama Sheepo is one of those folks. He’s an over-caffeinated native New Yorker who knows good food, avoids roadside fugu, and wants to eat at State Bird. Meet OpenTabler Daama Sheepo, discover his dining picks, and find out what’s on his plate in today’s Lunch Break. 

Name: Daama Sheepo

Hometown: New York City

Job Title: Director of Engineering

What that means that I do at OpenTable: Enable the conversion of caffeine to code.

Years at OpenTable: 5  Alma mater: Bard College at Simon’s Rock

I have worked in a restaurant as a dishwasher/prep cook.

The food I can’t live without: Does coffee count as food?

The one food I’ll never try: Fugu from a roadside stand.

My go-to drink or cocktail: Dry cider

The delicious dessert I refuse to share: Chocolate mousse.

My favorite thing about dining out is: Discovering new venues.

If duck is on a restaurant’s menu, I almost always order it.

My last best restaurant meal was at: Dirty Habit.

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OpenTable Celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

On Thursday, April 23, OpenTable invited employees to bring their children to the office in honor of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! Our very first time celebrating this important day, the OpenTable San Francisco headquarters hosted 45 kids, from one month to 10 years old.

Our People + Culture team framed the day with a range of fun activities to teach these special guests about what their parents do at OpenTable. From a baby play room to a kids activity room that featured games and arts and crafts, we also provided restaurant and food-themed coloring pages, held a special cooking class around a waffle bar that allowed kids to make their own waffles since food is such a big part of our corporate culture.


Additional activities included an office tour and scavenger hunt, face painting, a family lunch, a special “Music with Ryan” session, in which Ryan Ward and his trusty guitar from People + Culture entertained kids (as he often does his fellow employees) with songs and a singalong. Parents and kids were also photographed together at the beginning of their day, and the kids created custom picture frames for their parents to keep on their desks.

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Support #NoKidHungry on #GivingTuesday + Donate to Our Annual Bake Sale!

It’s Giving Tuesday, and it’s our fourth fabulous year of holding an annual bake sale in support of No Kid Hungry. The avid home bakers who work at OpenTable have been knee deep in flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and more in preparation for this day of making and consuming mass quantities of divine sweet treats — all for a good cause!

Every cookie sold and every dollar donated can make a huge impact. One dollar can help provide a hungry child with 10 healthy meals, and $46 can help connect a child to meals all year long. Peep some pictures of our bake sale in action, and please donate to help No Kid Hungry end childhood hunger. Together we can bake a difference!

The Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry, presented by Domino® Sugar and C&H® Sugar is a national fundraising initiative that encourages people to host bake sales in their communities to help end childhood hunger. Donate now.


On Our Plate: J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge; No Kid Hungry Month; Flavor Palm Beach; Restaurant Weeks in Louisiana, Omaha + San Diego

Everyone on Team OpenTable ran a pretty speedy race, leading me to believe that there were snacks at the finish line.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Despite Roger Federer’s shocking elimination, the U.S. Open continues in New York. Find dining hot spots near the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with these picks from the Tennis Channel.

* OpenTable staff from our San Francisco headquarters were proud to participate in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 3.5 mile run yesterday. Runners included Caleb Tomlinson, Catherine Porter, Chip O’Connell, Chris Jocson, Chris Seidell, Christian Larwood, Cormac Twomey, Denis Scot, Evan Sutton, Galen Guilbert, Gelena Grinberg, Gregory Golphin, Irina Newman, Jennifer Song, Jeremy Barry, Jerod Keevican, Jessica Schlacter, Joe Shen, Johanna Kenrick, John Orta, Leilani Versoza, Martha Hartvickson, Mary Kate Fischer, Mee-Sun Yuk, Morgan Parker, Nikki Snowhite, Omari Robinson, Pearly Paguntalan, Raul Valadez, Sam Panoplos, Shayla Smith, Taryn Bradley, Tori Tsu, Tracy Kosolcharoen, and Wesley Cho.

* September is No Kid Hungry Month. Make a reservation at a participating restaurant to help end childhood hunger.

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

* Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month starts in September. Save with $33 dinners throughout the month.

* Flavor Palm Beach Restaurant Month begins September 1. Book for $20 lunches & $30 and $35 dinners through September 30.

* Cobb Restaurant Week kicks off in Georgia this September. Reserve now for $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners, September 7-14.

* Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week will kick off on September 7. Take advantage of $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners through September 15.

* Louisiana We Live to Eat Restaurant Week comes to NOLA on September 9Dinners for $35 through September 15th.

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