Better Together: The Culinistas
Our newest Better Together spotlights Jill Donenfeld and Tiana Tenet, the founders of The Culinistas, an über-popular (and convenient) private chef service. The smart, fun duo brings hospitality into every part of their biz and are working hard to bring families and friends back to the table with yummy, home-cooked meals. Read more to learn about their yin-and-yang approaches, why they love classic polish colors, and how they use popcorn with rosemary oil to unwind.

How do you pick your nail color combinations? 

Tiana: Pink on the fingers & dark red on the toes, always.

Jill: Me too! We skew to classics.  

 

In one word, how does a manicure make you feel?

Tiana: Spunky!

Jill: Polished!

 

What’s your earliest nail memory?

Tiana: I left an antique scale at the salon with my grandma when I was little and am always reminded of that when I visit. Maybe that is why I keep going back.

Jill: Not surprising that Tiana played with scales when she was little. I enjoyed the smell of a children's nail polish I had and remember liking the smoothness of it on my fingers. 

Tiana: Also not surprising, she always remembers odors and textures! 

 

What role do each of you play in your company?

Tiana: I keep the lights on…

Jill: And I keep the party going! 

 

In one word, how would you describe your business partner? 

Tiana: Jill is the head & the heart.

Jill: Tiana is the operations guru. 

 

What makes you better together? 

Tiana: We share a lot of the same values, yet we have inverse approaches. Our different strengths complement each other. 

Jill: True yin and yang. 

 

When do you get your best ideas?

Tiana: Mine come to me in the bathtub!

Jill: Listening to music and spending time in nature are the when and the where. 

 

Three things you’re into right now?

Tiana: Watermelon juice, bacon on Sundays, sprinkles on the side

Jill: Cantaloupe, spy nonfiction and Christian McBride. 

 

How do you press reset and relax?

Tiana: We both love to end the night with a big bowl of popcorn. 

Jill: Pop it with rosemary oil.