Brooklyn Brewery and Bits of Love

by Maggie Battista on February 12, 2014

in Chefs, Entertaining, Events, Featured, Massachusetts, Photo Essay


I’ve been thinking a lot about family and the family of friends I’ve built up through this short time on this planet and this long life of a food blog.

It’s been an emotional week in Maggie-land, for so many reasons, but one very powerful one is the outpouring of support and generosity you have all shown by offering to help test recipes for my forthcoming cookbook, Food Gift Love.

Each of the couple hundred emails felt like a little bit of a squeeze, a hug from a faraway place. You wrote from all over the United States, Canada and up and down Europe. In fact, I was thrilled to hear from so many readers in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Italy — thank you for wanting to help us perfect every single recipe. Oh, and can I visit please?

The wave of love reminded me of this dinner on a lake last summer.

It was a mashup of my family of friends – from the folks at Brooklyn Brewery whom I had always just loved to the Brasstacks super club whom I’d collaborated with on a project; from the event designers and floral ladies known as Foret Design (or Rose and Erin to me!) to the superior photographer Heidi Murphy and her super sweet Mother, a woman who easily charmed us all; and, to the total strangers at Lowell’s Boat Shop who shared my bench, we left as good friends who promised to dine together someday soon, but really, we had become some extended family. When you break bread, especially long boards of funky breads, you just do.

Family is really all around, and my family of friends fill this blog space and my heart every single day. No lie.

Thanks to Heidi’s beautiful work, there’s this wonderful story that weaves through these gorgeous photos, and I hope you hear it in each frame. It’s not loud or fussy, it’s just there. I’m not going to say anymore – just go listen.

Oh, if anyone ever wants to craft a picnic-style dinner somewhere pretty, count me in – after all, we’re family now.

Oh, and thank you.

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Photos taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.

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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.

  • Kate H. Knapp

    Gorgeous photos. Gorgeous sentiment. Thank you Maggie and Heidi for a lovely reminder of what’s important in this world.

    • Maggie

      You’re the sweetest, Kate! xox

  • mary swenson

    I love, love, LOVE everything about this!

  • Lisa Sutton

    I, too, was fortunate to attend this wonderful gathering on the banks of the Merrimack River in Amesbury, Mass on a idyllic summer evening. The Lowell’s Boat Shop is a historical gem with deep roots in our whaling history. It was truly a step back in time as new and old friends lingered over delicious food and specialty brews. A magical evening indeed!! Thanks for sharing this, Maggie… it warmed my heart on this cold winter morning! Lisa Sutton ~ Kitchen Local

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