Merry Christmas

by Maggie Battista on December 23, 2011

in Holiday

Wow, it’s been the busiest December of my life. In the last three weeks, we’ve packed and shipped more batches of gift boxes than we’ve sent during the entire existence of Eat Boutique. That’s a lot of craft paper and a lot of hand-written cards. My right hand has a sort of happy heaviness about it, totally wiped out and yet ready for more.

Well, I have plenty in store for you for 2012 but before that, I just wanted to say, “Merry Christmas!” I couldn’t do this fun and wonderful project without all of you who read this site, who attend our local markets for handmade food (almost 1,000 of you this year), who may not leave a lot of comments (you’re a shy bunch) but you’re there… I know it because you email me, you stop me at events to say “keep it up” and you send our gift boxes of handmade food from our favorite small batch producers. I hope we’ve done you proud by sending beautifully designed, carefully crafted, delicious food items from small, often “hidden gem” purveyors.

Before I sign off for the weekend, I wanted to ask you to find some time to read Eat Boutique next week. As the photo below hints, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite new sparkling cocktail recipes all next week, just in time for New Year’s. We shot these recipes early in the month, when we could take a break from packing gift boxes, and the photos, well, they make me incredibly happy, they inspire me to want to craft more cocktail recipes and they’re freaking delicious. They’re also very easy, often just 2-3 ingredients of boozed up goodness.

I hope you’ll check in next week. Until then, Merry Christmas from me, all of our Eat Boutique contributors, and that lovely lady, my partner in craft paper, who helps me pack all those gift boxes. We hope you have a very special holiday!

All photos styled by Maggie Battista and Heidi Murphy and photographed by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Style.

Eat Boutique is a blog + market that celebrates the best pure, local + comforting handmade foods. We call it: food that hugs you back. Looking for the perfect gift? Eat Boutique sells gift boxes filled with handmade sweet and savory treats. Send a gift box of handmade food today.

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Merry Christmas to you too!

    • Maggie

      Thank you, Katrina. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

  • Dawn

    Merry Christmas Maggie!!!

  • Shelby @ Lady Gouda

    Merry Christmas! I can’t wait to see the bubbly cocktails next week. Cheers!

  • The Roman Nose

    Merry Christmas, Maggie, Don, Ruby and family!!! Have a wonderful weekend of food, food and family!


  • Anonymous

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones as well!  xo

  • Jill@FreestyleFarm

    Merry Merry Christmas! Looking forward to more beautiful cocktails!

  • Sunchowder

    Happy Christmas!

  • Zelda579

    Thank you for such lovely recipes! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2012!

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