Happy Monday everyone! We're so excited to introduce you to La Belle Macaron. The very first time we were introduced to La Belle Macaron was at a the Paris Pop-Up Shop in the Fraser Valley. Raelene (being a macaron fanatic herself) bought some and absolutely raved about them!
We also had the privilege of working alongside them for our Winter Creative Collaboration. (Click the link for the full photos)
I (Joryli) have never been a huge fan of macarons, but I tried the macarons after our shoot and absolutely LOVED them. No exaggeration here! After one bite, I was hooked. I've recommended Dawn ever since!
Tell us about yourself and a bit about La Belle Macaron!
I'm Dawn! I wear a few different hats! I am a mother of 3. Boys. Two teenagers and a toddler. Nuff said right??? I work on call in my chosen profession as a nurse. I have been a LPN for 8 years and am lucky enough right now to have the ability to be home with my bigs & littles, start and grow a business and work my schedule around that. I am a military wife and a major League Baseball FANATIC. I consider myself lucky.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Well there isn't a lot of that to go around with running a household, 3 kids, a business, etc… But I love to refinish old furniture. I love the days of old...I collect old furniture pieces to re-do for our home and I also collect depression glass. In my spare time I should be making that extra yoga class but I often find myself trolling garage sales and Facebook sales for stellar deals!
How did you get started?
I started La Belle Macaron when I was on maternity leave about 18 months ago. I forced my husband to try macarons while we were away on vacation and then once we were back...we were both craving them, so I thought, “well geeze, I know how to bake! How hard can they be??? (If you are a macaron or wanna be macaron-maker, this is where you insert your very loud laugh)
So I baked and baked, and I even took a class! I practiced until it was perfect (or what I thought was perfect at the time) and upon a friend's insistence, attended a market to keep her company at her own table. And the rest is history! People were hooked like I had no idea they would be. I love it because it's fun. I cannot even begin to tell you how many awesome people I have met in my short time as a small business owner. The amazing businessmen & women out there, their entrepreneurial spirit, it's amazing. I learn so much from everyone every day and if you need a boost of encouragement, the small business community has your back!
Do you make everything from scratch?
I did used to blanch and grind my own almonds but it's very time consuming now with the volumes I do, not to mention hard on the food processor. I do make everything else from scratch. I use local eggs, I crack them myself, no eggs in a box over here! I make my own butter creams and I try and use as many local ingredients and suppliers as I can. My batches are 4 days from start to finish. I age my egg whites for a full day, I bake and fill my shells and then they "mature" for 2 days prior to going out. It's a labour of love for sure. A tasty labour. ;)
What are the most popular flavours?
I think our all time best selling flavours are Very Vanilla Bean & Salted Caramel. Earl Grey & Strawberry Cheesecake are close behind. My personal favourite right now is the Coconut-Lime.
Can we have this as both as a dessert as well as a wedding favour? What would that look like?
You can have them as a dessert on your dessert table, as a favour on your dining tables, as a token gift to your guests upon arrival, as part of your appetizer service between ceremony & dinner. You can have them whenever and however you want!
A popular, classic and elegant way to have them on your dessert table is the macaron tower. Rows upon rows in your wedding colour, they are sure to wow & impress your guests with their striking presence. A tower makes these readily available for your guests to grab and go. Plan for at least 2 per guest!
Favours are packaged just they way you like for your event, most popular is the 2 piece box, but many bride & grooms also love the favour bags as well.
How do you stay creative and on top of the wedding trends?
Honestly, I get a lot from Instagram, Pinterest, my favourite bloggers and shop owners. How lucky are we and how easy is it these days for small businesses to have access to all of this information & creativity? It definitely helps in allowing us to plan for our own success. Brides often already come to me knowing exactly what they want which is great! I find though, that as creative as you can try to be, we think the macaron is a classic and timeless treat that doesn’t really change!