KIM GRUENENFELDER grew up in and around Los Angeles and began her career in TV at the age of 19. She has written feature films, episodic teleplays and two stage plays. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and continues to avoid anything even remotely resembling a real job.
Three best friends decide to open a wine bar in Echo Park LA, where they encounter the trials and tribulations of dating, love, and life in Kim Gruenenfelder's Love the Wine You're With.
Jessie is finally about to realize her life-long goal of owning her very own beautiful house, which will lead to a wonderful marriage, kids, and life with her boyfriend of three years, Kevin; but as they’re looking at the perfect place, Kevin suddenly gets cold feet.
Nat is passionately, totally in lust with a gorgeous British man who wants her back?unfortunately, he’s her boss and married. Nat knows their affair can’t last, but as long as they’re working together, she can’t help herself.
Holly is an actress who books jobs semi-regularly but still waits tables to pay the bills, and still has trouble behaving like a functional human around her striking and intelligent neighbor, Sven. She’s realizing that she isn’t the dewy-faced ingénue anymore and that it’s time to grow up and think about what’s next.
To top it all off, when the three friends head out to their favorite wine bar, they learn the bar is scheduled to close, effective immediately. In a moment of tipsy brazenness, Nat suggests that the three of them open their own wine bar, an unapologetically girly place for good wine and good friends?which leads to a challenge between the three women: though it’s January 31st and a weird time to make a resolution, why wait until next year to change your life? While they’re opening the bar, everyone agrees to make one major change in her life...which proves much easier to drink to than to stick to.
In Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink, Kim Gruenenfelder's delicious follow-up to There's Cake in My Future, Seema, Nic and Mel are back, adjusting to their new lives as a bride-to-be, a mother-to-be, and a recently single girl looking for love
It's been almost a year since Mel, Nic and Seema pulled their magical charms out of the cake at Nic's bridal shower and most of their happily-ever-afters seemingly came true. Seema is about to marry Scott in an elaborate three-day affair. Nic is glowingly pregnant. And Mel... well, Mel feels as if she accidentally veered off the rails of her life at some point and isn't sure how to get back on. She recently became single again, she's been threatened with a layoff from her teaching job, and she has to find her own place now that Scott is moving in with her roommate, Seema.
Nic thinks Mel just needs a new cake charm to bring her good luck. . . and decides to rig the cake pull at Seema's bridal shower. Desperate for travel, Mel asks for the passport charm. But, once again, the cake proves to have a mind of its own, and she pulls a charm she doesn't want, and can not use. Rather than be bound by the charm's prophecy, Mel realizes she, and she alone, is responsible for her destiny. A spur of the moment decision takes her to Paris and then Maui, where she finds herself on an adventure that she never could have imagined, experiencing the trials and tribulations of a life suddenly and perfectly unplanned. And, along the way, she begins to learn that, however nonsensical it may seem, the cake is never wrong...
After listening to her closest friends’ latest travails in love, parenting, and careers, superstitious bride-to-be Nicole (Nic) believes she has the perfect recipe for everyone’s happiness: a bridal shower “cake pull” in which each ribboned silver charm planted in her cake will bring its recipient the magical assistance she needs to change her destiny. Melissa (Mel), still ringless after dating the same man for six years, deserves the engagement ring charm. The red hot chili pepper would be perfect for Seema, who is in love with her best male friend Scott, but can’t seem to make their relationship more than platonic. And recently laid off journalist Nic wants the shovel, which symbolizes hard work, to help her get her career back on track. Nic does everything she can to control who gets which silver keepsake – as well as the future it represents. But when the charmed cake is mysteriously shifted from the place settings Nic arranged around it, no one gets the charm she chose for them. And when the other party guests’ fortunes begin coming true, Mel, Seema, and Nic can’t help but wonder…. Is the cake trying to tell them something?