Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee John Orta

John OrtaIt’s fair to say the best thing about Mondays is lunch, so we’re pleased to bring you another edition of Lunch Break. This week, we feature OpenTable employee John Orta. He originally hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and he works at the OpenTable headquarters in San Francisco as senior vice president and general counsel, where he apparently talks a lot. He’s fond of whiskey and meat, but it’s pickles he can’t live without. Read on as John dishes on his dining habits and reveals why he’s fasting for lunch. 


Name: John Orta

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Job Title: Senior Vice President + General Counsel

What that means that I do at OpenTable: I talk a lot.

Years at OpenTable: 8 1/2 (Yikes!)  Alma mater: UC Santa Barbara (BA); University of San Francisco School of Law (JD), UC Berkely (MBA)

I have worked in a restaurant as a: Dishwasher / busboy / pizza maker

The food I can’t live without: Pickles

The one food I’ll never try: I will eat anything. Once.

My go-to drink or cocktail: Whiskey, neat. If I’m feeling crazy, rocks.

The delicious dessert I refuse to share: Whiskey (see above).

My favorite thing about dining out is: Laughing loudly with friends.

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

My last best restaurant meal was at: Commis

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Help #86AIDS with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) this June

OpenTable-Email-Header-600x250-white 1.54.36 PM copyYou’re invited to stand with top chefs + restaurateurs in the battle against AIDS with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES is a one-month campaign which turns food and drink into a force to fight AIDS.

When a restaurant “eighty-sixes” a dish, it rids it from the menu. You can help by turning the dining out we all love toward the battle against this devastating disease and #86AIDS. Participating chefs + restaurants include José Andrés, Mario Batali, Michael Mina, and Nancy Silverton, among others.

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Dine Out, Fight AIDS: Dining Out for Life Is Happening This Week in a City Near You!

Your Dining Out for Life order can help people battling AIDS receive vital services.Today, tomorrow, and Thursday, Dining Out for Life is happening in select cities. Dine at a participating restaurant in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Indiana, Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Diego, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C., and a percentage of the proceeds (from 25%-110%) will go directly to a local licensed AIDS services agency.

Founded in 1991, Dining Out For Life® was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia and is now produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada.Continue Reading