We had the good fortune of connecting with Bree Vandenberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bree, what do you want your legacy to be?
FKN Bread was started by a husband and wife team during a crazy time in the world. Dave and Bree were just trying to provide for their family and with Dave’s culinary background he started making bread. Never in a million years did they think that providing a temporary income for their family would now be a bakery in the heart of the very town that Dave was raised in. Dave always dreamed of opening his own cafe just thought that it was a bit of a far fetched dream. Remember that if you’re willing to put in the work your dreams can become a reality. Dave and Bree hope that their bakery can stand as proof that using your skills and putting in hard work can create wonderful things. Use what you got at build on it. Be willing to learn and expand your knowledge in your craft. Take an idea, pursue it, and create your own destiny. Dave and Bree hope that people hear their story and it encourages them to put in the hard work and create a business of their own.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Dave and Bree do not have any background in owning or operating a bakery. Dave previously worked as a chef for several years and Bree works as a foster care social worker. Learning to own and operate FKN Bread has been a huge learning curve. Dave and Bree have reached out to members of the community and other local business owners for help and advice. They feel so supported and blessed to have such a strong community around them to lean on when needed. Dave and Bree are most excited to see FKN Bread grow from a cottage business out of their garage to a thriving brick and mortar.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would stay at the Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and take them to all the local small businesses in the area: The Mission
Heritage BBQ
Cedar Creek Inn
Swallows Saloon
Rancho Capistrano Winery
Five Vines Winery
Trevor’s at the Tracks
Ramos House
The Tea House
Hidden House Coffee
Zoomars for the Kids
Teaspoons Cooking School
Brush Salon for pampering
Lidia House, Wildfire Mercantile, Old Barn antiques and more for shopping
Go horseback riding, catch a movie at our local theatre, learn about local history.

and so much more!

This small town has so much to offer and is growing quickly!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The community of San Juan Capistrano is where the push to create FKN Bread came from. A small project of baking bread for friends and neighbors during the pandemic quarantine quickly grew into people from the community calling to order bread. The demand grew so fast that Dave and Bree pitched an idea to open a local small bakery and had so much support from their family and friends. They felt pushed and led to make FKN Bread a reality. After a year of continuous support from their family and local community FKN Bread is now open in downtown San Juan Capistrano.

Website: www.fknbread.com

Instagram: @fknbread

Image Credits
Kylee Lewallen

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