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April 23 @ 12:00 am
We are pleased to announce that Macaron Delights will be popping up at the Atlas Brew Works Taproom & Brewery in Ivy City on Thursday April 29th, Monday May 3rd, and Tuesday May 4th! Stop by for delicious macarons from Macaron Delights by Brian Ward, a Mess Hall DC pop-up.
Finding Success in the Time of COVID
The story of Macaron Delights begins in the summer of 2020; it was a catalyzing year for many, but to truly understand it we have to take you back a little further.
It was March, just before restrictions got stricter and stocks for toilet paper skyrocketed, when I, Brian Ward, the eldest son of the Ward/Young family was struck by a tragic building fire. Thankfully the only casualties were the belongings of the building’s denizens, but with no other options I found myself back home for the first time in years.
My family rallied around me and as a small way to express my gratitude, I began to cook Instant Pot meals, sous vide racks of lamb, fresh baked sourdough breads; I had always loved cooking, but having that large kitchen to work in seemed to spark something in me.
When I was finally able to move out, I found myself coming back with more and more dishes to the point where family began to ask me to make things for birthdays. It was in one of these requests where the tiniest spark of an idea for Macaron Delights was born.
I had always wanted to learn how to make French macarons but a lack of time, equipment, and space had limited me. In my new apartment, on a whim, I tried making macarons for the first time—White Chocolate Rosé, our first signature flavor.
Building from Scratch—with Family
My macaroons were such a big hit that someone asked if I was selling them. At the time, it seemed a silly idea to ever think I could sell anything I just made on a whim, but once again, family rallied around me. My mother, Lavetta, pushed me in a way she hadn’t before; she saw something in me in that moment, a passion that was unmistakable, and she wasn’t going to let me miss what could be my calling.
My younger sister Jana saw it too and, ever the innovative business woman, she began working on the base of the business with their mother until I was ready to make that jump with them. The three of them gathered together and in one business meeting, Macaron Delights was born. With a growing book of recipes in hand, we were ready to enter the world of French patisserie—there was no looking back.