Eat Boutique at ICA Boston

by Maggie Battista on January 10, 2013

in Chefs, Entertaining, Events, Featured, Main Courses, Massachusetts

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Thanks to the support of all of you, Eat Boutique has morphed and grown a lot over the last year. Three thousand people have attended our Markets for small batch indie food – and if you saw me at the 2012 Holiday Market, you must have seen the pure awe in my eyes as you all just piled into the space – just lovely to be able to speak to so many of you!

Besides Markets and adding tons of new items to our online shop, we also did a private event last Fall that I’m only now getting to share with you. (Where does the time go!?!)

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

For the last several years, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston hosts a Wine Auction Dinner each Fall. Typically, some pretty amazing chefs – like Barbara Lynch (No. 9 Park, Sportello, The Butcher Shop) and Ana Sortun (Oleana, Sofra) – cook for 200+ guests. This year, the ICA invited some new folks.

Brasstacks, a collective of young hospitality professionals who host pop-up suppers around Boston, created the most amazing meal and — drumroll, please — Eat Boutique curated the line up of participating food and drink makers! Crazy amazing, right?!

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

We were thrilled to participate and even more pleased to share small batch food love with the artsy crowd. I hope you enjoy a peek inside the menu and the event via these pretty photos taken by Rob Strong. A huge thank you goes out to Marc and Matt from Brasstacks for working with me and crafting such an incredible menu! The biggest thanks for all goes to each of the food and drink makers who graciously participated in the event – thank you! xox!

Institute of Contemporary Art Wine Auction Dinner

Friday, October 19, 2012

Passed Amuse

Roasted Baby Potatoes, Straciatella, Salt Pork, Chives (using Fiori di Nonno Straciatella)

Baked Crabapple, Chicken Liver, Boiled Cider, Poppy Seed (using Morris Kitchen Spiced Apple Cider)

Johnnycake Blini, Finnan Haddie, Caviar, Watercress (using Nitty Gritty Grain Company Cornmeal)

Red Flannel Hash, Pickled Beet, Anchovy, Lemon (using Maitland Mountain Farm Pickles)

Raw Brussel Sprouts, Rye, Pickled Cranberry, Piermont (using Castleton Rye Crackers)

Dessert Stations

Marlborough Pie, Roxbury Russet, Hard Cider, Black Walnut (using Bantam Cider)

Goat Milk Caramel Pudding, Brown Butter, Bartlett Pear, Star Anise (using Fat Toad Farm Goat Milk Caramel)

Brown Bread Brewis and Chocolate, Pickled Cherries, Smoked Sea Salt, Rum (using Salt Trader Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt)

E.H. Chocolatiers Assorted Hand-Crafted Chocolates

Red Winter Wheat, White Chocolate, and Cranberry Cookies (using Nitty Gritty Grain Company Red Winter Wheat)

Steamed Gingerbread, Caramel Ice Cream, Barley, Almonds (using Batch Ice Cream)

The Menu

Salmagundi of Scallop and Kohlrahbi, Annas Rennet, Buckwheat, Pig Ear

Grassfed Lamb Saddle, Rutabaga, Anchovy, Molasses

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

Brasstacks Boston at the ICA in Boston. </p><br /> <p>Rob Strong

All photos appear courtesy of photographer Rob Strong © 2012 Rob Strong.

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 in our new shop.  

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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  • El

    Beautiful work. Congratulations!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Thanks, El. Wish I could take credit for the food and the photos – we just picked the food and drink makers. But we were so excited to participate. xox!

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rguez-Murray

    AMazing!

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