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The List: Breanna Beike

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The List

Many people can credit Julia Child for inspiring their interest in cooking, but perhaps not many were inspired at a young age.

Breanna Beike’s life in the kitchen began shortly after high school and then expanded to several hotels and clubs. In 2018, she and her husband, Chris, opened Heritage Restaurant | Bar in Woodinville.

The name Heritage comes from a recipe box that Beike’s mom gave her when she was 12, engraved with the phrase, “May you always cook with love and pride. Keep the Heritage.”

Beike was recently named 425’s best chef. We reached out to learn more about her interests and what makes Heritage Restaurant | Bar tick.

FAVORITE PLACES

TO RELAX

We like to relax in rustic cabins close to Leavenworth or occasionally splurge with a staycation at Willows Lodge.

FOR BREAKFAST

Any time that Chris makes me breakfast at home is the best day.

TO GRAB A COFFEE

Mercurys Coffee and Grounds Coffee here in Woodinville — both make a killer oat latte.

FOR DINNER

Amaro in Bothell has been a local favorite for some time. We also really enjoy Stonehouse in Redmond. When in Seattle, Brimmer & Heeltap is our go-to. We also enjoy checking out new places that we haven’t previously experienced.

TO BE INSPIRED

Inspiration comes in many forms: a seasonal culinary magazine, antique cookbooks, or by trying out new restaurants.

INSPIRATION BOARD

CURRENTLY READING

I am currently reading three months’ of forgotten food magazines that were hidden under a box. I have subscriptions to six to eight different magazines.

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO

I have an extensive vinyl collection and a vintage stereo system that is frequently spinning anything from Sting, Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, The Lumineers, Rush, Supertramp to The Beatles. If it’s not a vinyl day, we have a Sonos system throughout the house that always has something streaming.

MANTRA YOU LIVE BY

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” — Julia Child

HOBBIES

Putting together a National Parks puzzle to be framed. I also have several sewing projects that should be finished.

Q&A

HOW HAS HERITAGE RESTAURANT | BAR EVOLVED/CHANGED OVER TIME?

Heritage has evolved greatly in three and a half years. We continue to learn every day, and sometimes learning costs money. Better organization, new trends in cocktails and food … we believe in empowering our staff and collaborating on details. We believe that every team member is family, and without family, we could not exist. We have also learned that taking days off is important. We used to be a seven-day-a-week operation. Since COVID-19, we have learned that those precious days away refresh staff and actually build momentum.

HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED HERITAGE RESTAURANT | BAR?

I believe that COVID-19 has made us stronger fiscally, emotionally, and creatively. It has brought our small but mighty team closer. We are thrilled that our community supported us with every pivot we made. From family meals to pop-ups to limited services and ever-changing ethnic cuisines, we are forever thankful for all the support and enthusiasm.

WHAT HAS BROUGHT YOU JOY RECENTLY?

Joy comes in many forms. Recently, Chris and I put up a gazebo in our backyard and added more flowers and hummingbird feeders. It is an absolute joy to sit on our back patio, feel the breeze, sip on libations, watch the birds, and take it all in. These simple quiet moments in our home are some of our most cherished and joyous. Learn more about Heritage here.