The moment that The Culinistas founder Jill Donenfeld was ready to give up, to start over and open a restaurant in Malibu, was the moment that her business was saved. On this episode of Speaking Broadly, listen in as Donenfeld explains how one networking dinner led to a game-changing partnership that reinvigorated her and allowed her to commit whole-heartedly to her business. Before that, Donenfeld got by doing things she loved—offering private chef services to families looking for healthy meals, traveling in India, curing bottarga for chefs, and researching the foods of Madagascar, among others—but never giving 100 percent. Today Donenfeld is focused and confident about the future ahead: ""Having a partner puts a mirror up to you and tells you who you really are.""

Want to stay up to date on the latest Speaking Broadly episodes? To hear more conversations with Dana Cowin and her accomplished yet accessible guests, subscribe to Speaking Broadly (it’s free!) on iTunes or Stitcher. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate + review us on Apple’s podcast store and follow Dana on Instagram @speakingbroadly and @fwscout. Thanks for tuning in!

Speaking Broadly is powered by Simplecast.