Eat Boutique Markets: Are You a Maker?

by Maggie Battista on October 9, 2012

in Events, Massachusetts

The Eat Boutique Fall Market was just a few weeks ago and I already miss all of you – thank goodness for these pretty photo memories! I’ve had some amazing feedback on our last event and hope to answer some of your deepest food gift desires at our upcoming event in December.

I’m dreaming about {and studiously planning for} the Eat Boutique Holiday Market. We have a wonderful line up of participating makers and posts on all of them will pepper into the blog over the course of October and November. (We also have some AMAZING cookbook authors – we’ll surprise you with those names soon!) As we round out our participants, I wanted to talk a bit about what we seek when we craft our maker program.

I believe you know that I am a big fan of delicious food that looks just… beautiful. Taste is crucial but food design and packaging is just as critical. This matters because money is precious. Food fans want to spend whatever money they have on something that feels very special, something that will look good in the kitchen or that delights a gift recipient. Oh, and as the tastemaker in your social circle, you need to be clued into the best looking stuff!

I love my food community and I’m grateful that I get to know makers all over New England and, really, across the world. I love gathering favorite makers to a Market, but I truly aim to mix it up in order to share new discoveries. There are so many hidden gems, artisans who just want to put their craft out there, get a bit of feedback and make their living from their passion. It’s our job, and my personal mission, to celebrate those folks.

With that in mind, I’m calling all amateur food and drink makers.

I’m whispering in your ear.

I’m sitting on your shoulder telling you to “just do it”…

Have you been told that you make the best granola bars? Do your homemade bitters make friends weep into their delicious cocktails? Do locals buy up your homemade candy at your local farmers market but you’ve been weary to take your craft to the big city? We’d love to sample your food and, perhaps, invite you to the Holiday Market.

So do this: Just email me  or fill in our maker form. I look forward to getting to know you. :-)

Big thanks to Katie Kiely and Janet of Jute Marketing for sharing their wonderful photos of the Eat Boutique Fall Market!

All photos taken by Katie Kiely/Kiely Photography  and Jute Marketing.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans.  We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can  order 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 writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.


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