We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Weinberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is a beautifully written fable full of life lessons and words of wisdom. I read it for the first time in my late teens/ early twenties and it changed my life. At the time, the most important lesson I learned from the book was that you don’t have to force yourself to follow the rules of conventional society if you don’t want to. If you don’t want to get married, you don’t have to get married. If you want to be an entrepreneur, be an entrepreneur. Not only that, but what I took away from the book made living my life easier than it would have been otherwise. I interpreted what I read to mean that all you have to do is go with the flow and see where life takes you and you’ll end up in the right place. The trouble begins when you fight against your fate, because if you choose a journey you were not meant to be on that may lead to unhappiness. In subsequent readings, at other stages of my life I have found different meanings between the lines, but I never stray far from what I learned that first time around- to follow my heart and my destiny and to stay true to myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the Co-Founder and Chair of Sustainable Supperclub, which hosts pop up dinners in Miami in order to educate attendees regarding food waste, while at the same time supporting local non-profit organizations in line with our mission. Launching Sustainable Supperclub was a huge achievement for me. My Co-Founder Mayela Lanza and I along with our President Tammy Martinez work very hard to secure partnerships and execute events that our guests enjoy, while they learn about food sustainability. We were very fortunate that our first event was extremely successful. It was hosted by Verde at the Perez Art Museum Miami and Top Chef Janine Booth prepared a vegetarian feast using salvaged produce from Hungry Harvest. A couple of days later, we were approached by a few other venues looking to partner with us and we grew from there. The most important business lesson I’ve learned along the way is to have a contract. When things are spelled out in black and white, misunderstandings can easily be rectified. I would like everyone to know that Sustainable Supperclub is looking forward to hosting more events in the near future, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please follow my new blog, www.campjen.com which provides inspiration for a creative and happy life at home and beyond.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1: Little Hen for brunch, Wynwood Walls for incredible street art, Fireman Derek’s to pick up guava cheesecake and magic bars to save for dessert after dinner, Makoto at Bal Harbour for spicy tuna crispy rice, Japanese eggplant robata, and more Day 2: Day at The Standard- massages, pool, reading on a hammock, followed by Tanoshi Hour at Nobu for dinner- the bento box rules! Day 3: The Rubell Museum- to check out works by some of my favorite artists- Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, CandleLand- to make our own keepsakes 1-800-Lucky for lunch, The Margulies Collection- to marvel at the massive sculptures Day 4: Day trip to Key Largo to go snorkeling at John Pennekamp State Park- I’ve spotted barracudas, sharks, turtles and more here and love it every time, stop at a casual restaurant such as Mrs Mac’s Kitchen for a seafood dinner and key lime pie before heading home Day 5: Russian & Turkish Baths- for a good schvitz, Stiltsville for dinner- the happy hour is not to be missed Day 6: Robert is Here for milkshakes and produce, and to visit the animals in the back, walk it off at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden- a great place for an afternoon stroll, tea tasting at Jojo Tea- love this hidden tearoom Day 7: Brunch at Little Hen, a New World Symphony (I currently serve as President of Friends of New World Symphony) concert- either a Wallcast outside with a picnic dinner, or inside, followed by dinner at The Bazaar by Jose Andres The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to the incredible members of Friends of New World Symphony, a group of young philanthropists who have supported me and helped me grow over the years. I am so lucky to know such a great group of caring, dedicated and passionate individuals. And to Mayela Lanza, my business partner and dear friend who is the yin to my yang.
Other: Personal blog www.campjen.com
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