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MacFayden. “We loved the feel of those places.” And so Una Pizza + Wine was born. Wanting somewhere for their customers to have a drink while waiting in line for pizza, they opened Ox and Angela a year or so later, and other opportunities followed quickly. Last year, a couple wanted to open Una in Saskatoon, a member of staff came with a business plan for a Mexican taqueria, and the space next door to Una became available. “I would say I was a bit addicted to conceptualising restaurants; building them is a lot of fun,” MacFayden says. Now, as well as Una Calgary, Una Saskatoon, and Native Tongues, this year the couple have opened Una Takeaway and passion project – Frenchie wine bar. So what bottle has MacFayden saved for a special occasion?

Open That Bottle

story by LINDA GARSON photography by INGRID KUENZEL

“San Francisco must be the pizza capital of the world; every neighbourhood has a dedicated pizza restaurant, and in my opinion the pizza is better there than anywhere else in the world – strong words, I know,” says Jayme MacFayden, BMeX Restaurant Group co-founder.

“Borie de Maurel is from Minervois, in the south of France, and I had the opportunity to visit them in 2010,” she explains. “Where they live is really rustic, everything is done by hand – they still plough the fields with a horse. This family has an almost poetic philosophy about wine, and all their wines have really romantic descriptions, it’s very sensual and seductive.”

“They are so hands-on and passionate about what they do,” she continues. “They're really putting their heart and MacFayden has always loved food, taking there, but the Caribbean shuts down for soul and blood into the production, cooking classes in her hometown of the summer, so in 2006, they decided to and they feel that it's an extension of Kamloops, and cooking dinner parties for give booming Calgary a try. MacFayden themselves. I feel the same about my her parents, in her early teens. After high loved working at the Living Room, then at restaurants - they are an extension of school, an exchange program in Belgium Merlo Vinoteca to learn more about wine, myself. After spending time with them, I provided the opportunity to travel for but the couple dreamed of opening a small fell in love with what they're doing, and I a year, to experience new cultures, and restaurant that would make its mark and feel like I can taste that in the wine.” develop a love of wine. But on returning add to the city. to Canada, the future was less obvious, And when is she going to open the bottle? and she started studying French literature, They took an entrepreneurship course, switching to photojournalism, and and spent three years working on a plan MacFayden laughs and says, “I think ultimately a graduate certificate in public for a French brasserie, but locations and tonight actually! I have a date with my relations management. leases continually fell through. Finally, sister so we’ll open it and probably swing by in 2009, they found a space, but it was Metrovino and share it with them, as they A vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands too small. “We did a total 180, rewrote were the ones that introduced me and gave with partner Kelly Black, turned into full- our business plan, and started working on me the opportunity to visit this producer, time work and they quit their jobs to move a Californian-inspired pizza place,” says so they deserve to share in it too.” 50

Culinaire 5:6 (November 2016)  

Alberta's freshest food & beverage magazine. Dining out, dining in, wine, beer, spirits and cocktails. Celebrating international cuisine thi...

Culinaire 5:6 (November 2016)  

Alberta's freshest food & beverage magazine. Dining out, dining in, wine, beer, spirits and cocktails. Celebrating international cuisine thi...

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