We absolutely LOVE Breanna Macdonald, aka Table Forty Nine, @table_fortynine. She is an incredibly talented culinary expert. She is inspiring. And she’s unapologetically herself. Follow along as we delve into the whys behind what’s helped shape her, and where she is headed next!
Q: When was the last time you were embarrassed?
A: Tonight, at an event. I was solo and so busy I couldn’t change my tampon and new my Levi’s we’re doomed. So, you shift your apron and carryon. That’s life. Literally, that is life.
Q: If you could tell your 18yr old self something useful what would your advice be?
A: What is the most difficult WILL make you a strong and beautiful creature. Also, your lactose intolerance will go away.
Q: Someone who you feel builds community but NOT in your geographic community (outside of the Okanogan)
A: Oh gosh there are so many inspiring people outside of our beautiful valley! The one person I’ll mention right now, who’s ideas I am excited to bring and activate in the Okanagan is Mark Brand. He’s a chef from Vancouver who is all about access to nutritious food security for those who aren’t privileged to it. I am into anyone who is embracing where the goodness of the world should expand. People who are into helping others and smiling while doing it. Also Keanu Reeves because he uses his public library.
Q: The last dish you took a risk on but ended up to be a bit of a fail?
A: Omg this is perfect timing. Yesterday was the toughest day yet in my business. I had an event for 50 and two of my dishes failed. The pasta shattered due to how dry it was, and my oven was set to convection not gas for baking the dessert. I had to pick up my bootstraps, not flip my lid, figure a plan and, with the help of my dearest human, we got ‘er done. That’s what I love about this community, there are so many kind people who can appreciate that things happen, and are grateful of honest emotions. Can I hashtag “undo the stigma of being honest about mental health with business” here or nah?
Q: Name a time someone said you ‘couldn’t do it’ or ‘thats crazy’ (you don’t have to mention names of course)
A: Well. This happens more and more as I grow. I’ve had successful male chefs tell me I couldn’t work in their kitchens because I would be too distracting. I’ve had women in business I’ve admired block me because I’ve spoken up for homeless people. I’ve had men dump me because Ive got too much going on. It’s constant. The latest has been a person not thinking I could make food for an event and calling everyone else in the event but me to say so. That one hurt; the cookies, not me.
To turn this question around a little though with all of that, I have incredible mentors. Strong, intelligent, hilarious, welcoming, and vibrant humans who keep this world brilliant. I can’t say enough kind words about Nelson at Vice and Virtue, Casey and James from Salt and Brick and Jacks, Chloe Popove my everything and Nicole from Pomme. She’s been supportive of my genuine way of doing things since day one. And fuck yeah to that.
Q: The nicest “E-compliment” you’ve received, meaning virtually, and maybe not even someone who you have met face-to-face (IG)
A: There are so many good ones. I love how freaking witty people on my IG are.
I think I am going to go with:
“I enjoy the space you make for fun girly cute Pinterest meets realness punk shit”
That’s from one of my best pals, it came at a needed time, and it means a lot because she says it like it is (shout out @theartdiet)
Q: If you could be remembered in one sentence, what would you want your obituary headliner to state?
A: My dad has this written into his will as what is to be engraved on his tombstone but I am stealing it and adding my preferred pronoun: “she ate well.”
Q: You really get behind the brands you support, and are really okay with sharing your opinions if you don’t support them. Why do you choose Pomme, for your hair needs?
A: There are so many reasons. I was first made aware of Pomme when I told my hairstylist at Brush in Vancouver I was moving back, they recommended y’all so highly. Then, I was out one night and started chatting with this hilarious and intelligent babe who took a tequila shot with me and knew we had to be best friends ( hi Daneka). Then I met Nicole and was immediately smitten with her “gives no fucks here’s my talent, I am going to live my beautiful truth, let’s have a glass of wine and talk about our dreams” self. It’s the experience. That’s what it all comes down to. Daneka, Nicole, Mel, Kate, whoever! It’s talent, but it’s REAL talent. I would dog sit for any of you. Cat sit probably even maybe like we’ll see.
Q: What is one up and coming project that @table_fortynine is most excited about?
A: So many! There’s always something! I am hoping to work more hands on with the community to help alleviate lack of food security here. Oh! Also working with Lakeview Market. Doing some eating and travel. Fingers crossed I finish a book. I think most importantly finding my stride and more of a balance. I love what I do so much I just want to say yes to it all; flirt with the world with a knife and fork.