Jenny Johnson, Emmy Award Winning Boston Television Personality, Producer and Host of NESN’s Dining Playbook and Host of Comcast Newsmakers.
WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?
My show, Dining Playbook is in its second season – I’m focused on furthering this program to be the must-see dining guide for everyone in New England.
I have an entrepreneurial spirit and so I’m dipping into the world of SPIRITS! I’m in the process of creating a sparkling wine from Sonoma County. I love bubbles! There is a void for affordable sparkling wine. You can get a $45 bottle of champagne or a $10 Prosecco, but there is nothing in the middle! My business partner Dave Gordon and I are launching a sparkling wine this summer. My goal is to market this brand to women who strive to do it all and deserve a satisfying glass of sparkling wine. This sparkling wine pays tribute to all women – the working woman, the mom, wife, athlete, yogi, etc. It applauds them all and of course should be enjoyed by the men in our lives as well. We all deserve a tasty glass of bubbles when we can.
I’ve partnered with my friend and Nantucket social media guru Holly Finigan. Our new venture City + Sand Escapes, combines two of our favorite pastimes, food and travel. Our aim is to serve as modern day travel agents, showing our viewers and followers the absolute best in luxury travel escapes.
I’m currently enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. After this year long program, I will be a certified Health Coach. I hope to bring my love of health and wellness to others, offering an opportunity to gain positivity and balance.
WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FITNESS AND FASHION RIGHT NOW?
Exercise keeps me sane and helps balance my energy. I like to diversify as much as possible. I’m a big barre fan, the recent opening of FlyBarre has me hooked. It’s the greatest barre workout I’ve experienced yet. I combine barre with cardio through FlyWheel and Barry’s Bootcamp. I also love rock climbing – Brooklyn Boulders is my go-to and last fall, I tried outdoor rock climbing for the first time in NH – one of the most intense and thrilling experiences I’ve had to date.
HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN TELEVISION?
I worked for a company called XYTV when I graduated from college and got my hands in a little bit of everything. I was writing, producing, hosting and editing. Then an associate producer job opened up at NECN for TV Diner, a couple years later, I was the Executive Producer and then became the co-host. I’ve been working with Billy Costa in food television ever since.
TELL US A LITTE ABOUT YOUR SHOW, DINING PLAYBOOK?
Dining Playbook is New England’s premier food and dining show on NESN Saturdays at 9Am. We do restaurant reviews, cooking demonstrations and celebrity chef interviews. Our show airs on NESN, so of course there is the sports component, which has us cooking with our revered New England athletes and a segment offering some fitness options, after we fill our viewers tummies with plenty to eat!
You can catch Jenny on NESN, Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., Sundays at 9:00 p.m., and Thursdays at 11:30 p.m.