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We believe the best way to get to know someone is face-to-face.

Ping & Larry, IJL Couple

The premise of It’s Just Lunch is simple: a lunch date or drink after work is the ideal first date. It’s a no pressure, relaxed setting where you can actually talk face-to-face. Combine that with a hand-selected match by a professional matchmaker and you have improved your chances at dating success.

Meet some of our matchmaking team.

It’s Just Lunch matchmakers have matched hundreds of thousands of single professionals and arranged over 2 million first dates resulting in tens of thousands of marriages, engagements and long term relationships. It all begins with our matchmakers getting to know you and shooting for fireworks with every hand-selected match we make.

Melissa Brown - CEO - Its Just Lunch International

Melissa Brown

CEO, Matchmaker

Melissa is passionate about helping singles meet their “special someone”. She started out matching singles in our DC office and now 16 years later leads our organization. Though she is married now, for many years she was a “busy single professional” so she understands firsthand the challenges our clients face trying to blend a career and a relationship.

Sara Darling

Sara Darling

CEO, IJL Midwest
Matchmaking since 2006

Sara knew she had found her perfect match with It’s Just Lunch more than a decade ago. She believes that being strategic and taking calculated risk is the key to success both in dating, and in life. “The reality for Singles, is that good things rarely come to those who wait. But great things come to those who take a chance and do something different. If nothing changes…nothing changes!” There is nothing Sara loves more than helping people achieve their goals and dreams. Her commitment to success for her clients and her team is second to none.

Jeff Finegold

Jeff Finegold

Regional Manager | It's Just Lunch
Matchmaking since 2017

Jeff is the best wingman you can have on your side. He is a loyal and fearless leader who makes every client feel confident and comfortable. He has the right tools in his toolbox for singles to find love – and he’s not afraid to whittle you out the best path possible to find that special someone. He consistently trains his team to do the same!

“Most people don’t realize there’s a lot of other quality singles out there just like them. Sometimes they just need a little help finding each other, and that’s where we come in!”



Matchmaking since 2008

Best dating advice: Focus on if you like them, not if they like you.
Best part of your job: Meeting so many different types of people and helping them find love.

Sandra Hatton Vice President - Its Just Lunch Client Memberships Matchmaking since 2010

Sandra Hatton

Vice President - Client Memberships
Matchmaking since 2010

Best dating advice: Be yourself. Be confident in who you are and what you want. Smile. Nothing is more attractive than someone who is confident in their own skin, AND who is genuinely happy.

Your Theme Song: The one I am always humming to is “Dream a Little Dream of Me”. It reminds me of every great date I have ever been on. Not wanting the night to end!

Julie Yarworth

Julie Yarworth

Matchmaking since 2012

Best dating advice: “Always remain positive and be sure to have fun with the experience.”

Best part of your job: “Knowing that the next phone call we make to a client could change their lives forever is really special. Not many people have an opportunity to impact others’ lives in such a gratifying way, and I never take that for granted.”

We Believe:

  • » The best way to get to know someone is face to face.
  • » Chemistry can only be determined in-person.
  • » People need face to face connections.

We love the thrill of the first date. The joy in helping singles make real connections.

It’s our professional matchmaking team that makes the difference. We’re not a hook up hub. We're not a parade of endless online profiles. We’re not a set of secret, tag-sorting algorithms. We are experts at helping real people who want real relationships meet each other in the most effective way possible: face to face.

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