Join Susan as she chats with Jen Pelka, the powerhouse Co-Founder and CEO of Une Femme. From her trailblazing stint as CEO and founder of the much-adored champagne bars, The Riddler, in vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco, Jen has plenty of wisdom to share.
Jen Pelka’s Bio
Jen Pelka is the Co-Founder & CEO of Une Femme Wines, which specializes in women-made Champagne & sparkling wines that give back to charities that benefit women. Previously, Jen was the CEO and founder of the beloved The Riddler Champagne bars in New York City and San Francisco, and the founder of Magnum PR, the leading San Francisco-based restaurant PR agency. Jen’s career in food and beverage began at Chef Daniel Boulud’s iconic New York Restaurant DANIEL, where she served for 5 years across a broad range of roles – kitchen stagier, Boulud’s Research Assistant, and eventually as the US Competition Director for the Bocuse d’Or under Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. She went on to lead influencer marketing, content strategy, and media relations in-house at OpenTable, Gilt Taste, and Tumblr. Jen has been named Forbes “30 Under 30” for Food & Wine, Details “Digital Maverick”, and a Cherry Bombe “It Girl.” She was a recurring guest as a secret diner on Season 1 of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant”, and a guest on Season 6 of “Top Chef.” Jen won an IACP Award Winner for Best Culinary or Brand Site in 2012, and was a James Beard Award nominee for Best Food Coverage in a Food Publication. Jen’s early career was in the finance industry; she is an active angel investor with a passion for ensuring women have access to capital. She is an alumna of Stanford University and the London School of Economics, where she studied the Philosophy of Science.