A Message from the Creator of Dinner Dealer

— November 21, 2017 —

I fold.

For me, it was never a deck of cards. It was a symbol of TOGETHERNESS — where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

To those that shared (and appreciated) my vision. You know who you are. I will never forget you, and will forever hold a special place in my heart for you. Thank you, seriously.

Regret is something I deeply fear in life. But at the same time, it’s my barometer for making those gut-wrenching decisions. (The type of decisions that fill your belly up with butterflies.)

Building Dinner Dealer is something I will NEVER regret.

Honestly, my life will never be the same because of it.

Dinner Dealer has been a catalyst for countless friendships, connections, events, collaborations (NorthShoreEmporium.com), communities (FeastCookbookClub.com), and the next chapter of my career.

So, as I bid farewell to Dinner Dealer . . .
I feel as though I’m saying hello to much more.

Often, I hear the quote, “You are the author of your life story.” Personally, I like add a little more to this popular phrase:

“You are the author of your life story.
No one is going to write it for you.
Nor will you let them.”

Dear friends, while our eyes can see; our hands create; and our minds dream . . . let us honor such privileges by stepping forward to do the work.

Believe me . . . taking those fearful steps forward into the unknown, is WAY more FUN than holding yourself back. #NoRegrets, right?

The minute you make that first step,
you will never be the same.

And doesn’t that feel amazing?

Cheers to you,
to doing the work,
and to believing in the impossible.

All my love,
Jessica Brand

UPDATE • May 2018

My new online magazine, ATasteforLiving.com, has officially launched. I welcome you to join me and my delicious adventures over there! I have a feeling you’re going to like it. xo



Dinner Dealer wasn’t my idea.

What I mean is that the discount deck of cards concept wasn’t mine. Dinner Dealer was my version of an existing idea that I was inspired to bring home to the North Shore.

In the beginning, it all seemed so possible and I honestly believed it would take flight in a big way. That’s the beauty of naivety during the first stages of an entrepreneurial venture. The blind faith it gives you is intoxicating and emboldens you to take action, no matter what.

And action was what I took.
Day in and day out.

I built something with my own two hands (with the support of several kindhearted individuals). While the business wasn’t a success, fiscally, something else came from of my blood, sweat, and tears.

Something I never imagined.

You see, whether or not
you take action . . .
there is a ripple effect.


If it weren’t for Dinner Dealer:

• I would never have left the comfort of my home.
• Isolation would have taken over my design career.
• My friends + local contacts would remain strangers.


NorthShoreEmporium.com would never have happened.
FeastCookbookClub.com wouldn’t exist.
ATasteforLiving.com would have never been born.

Was Dinner Dealer a failure?

I don’t believe in that word.

Failure is never a dead end, my friends. Dinner Dealer is my proof of that. It was a path that opened countless of doors of opportunity, new connections, delicious collaborations, and lifelong friendships.

Yes, the path was dark + extremely painful at times.

But I pushed through it and came out of it a stronger more capable person. Through that process I discovered who I was, and the depth of what I could potentially offer the world.

I realized the value of my own ideas.

It’s no longer about proving my worth to others.
I’m letting that go.

I am worthy.
My ideas are worthy.

As are YOU, beloved.
And YOUR ideas.

Whatever you’re curious about, I urge you to follow it. Even if you have several passions, play with all of them. Build a side hustle, and be open to anything.

“Alongside the fear of the unknown
is the wonder of possibility.”


I wanted to personally invite you to join me and my new adventures over at


An online magazine that’s my new playground.

And the best part?

I’m building it from the inside out — alongside my dear friend and business partner, Catherina.

Goodbye, Dinner Dealer.
Hello, A Taste for Living.

Much gratitude for being a part of this delicious journey, friends. I hope to connect with you all in this next chapter.

Jessica Brand

New Site :: ATasteforLiving.com
Facebook :: A Taste for Living
Instagram :: @atasteforliving