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Maggie Battista (Lynnfield, Massachusetts), is founder of Eat Boutique. She started the site in 2007 as a way to highlight and celebrate the best pure, local and comforting handmade foods, and now sells unique and delicious handmade food in monthly tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes. Fostering vibrant real world communities around food, Maggie now hosts Eat Boutique’s Local Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and undiscovered food makers. Maggie is a community evangelist with more than 15 years of Web community building and outreach experience, connecting millions via sites like Lycos, Tripod and TripAdvisor. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Time Out New York, the former I.D. magazine, Snippet & Ink and Hip Paris, and created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. Maggie regularly visits Paris and travels far distances to speak at conferences and 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.
Amy Feiereisel (Austin, Texas) is a young, foolish, and tastebud-driven college student nursing an almost unhealthy obsession with the epicurean. Originally from Texas, she currently resides in gorgeous upstate New York for school, where she discovered her passion for all things food and farming. You can find her digging in the dirt, with her nose buried in a book, or dreamily painting away in her free time. She writes about life’s adventures over at Amy + Fire.
Heidi Murphy (Boston, Massachusetts), wedding + lifestyle photographer, and aspiring foodie. Though her heart belongs to Martha’s Vineyard, she lives north of Boston with her husband and their three dogs in a charming seaside town. She has an affinity for simple flavors + simple pleasures, farmer’s markets, organic everything, s’mores, corn from the grill, and of course — champagne. Heidi’s work, on film, has been featured stateside and abroad; and her musings + imagery can be found on her blog - White Loft Style.
Shelby Larsson (Boston, Massachusetts), writer, editor, resides in Boston, where she wanders across the city, eating and drinking as she goes. She loves New England (with a particular affinity for Maine), architecture, cities, beer, cheese, and adores cooking up a big meal for family and friends. You can read more about Shelby’s eating adventures on her blog, Lady Gouda.
Jill Chen (Toronto, Canada), photographer, graphic designer, and urban farmer, resides in Canada with her chickens and mini pet pig named Henry. After running a design studio for twenty years, Jill gave it all up for a simpler way of living. When she’s not making food or photographing food, she’s growing food with the goal of being self-sustaining with year-round organic produce, despite the harsh Canadian winter. Charcuterie, wine-making, mushroom cultivation, aquaponics and shrimp farming are just a few of the projects on her plate right now. You can follow Jill’s blog, Freestyle Farm, for beautiful photos that will inspire you to cook or grow something.
Denise Woodward (West Oakland, California) is a foodie who’s first thought each morning is about what she’ll be cooking that day. Laudalino is not a foodie; he’s an eater and aspiring home chef. They met when he was a starving climber and bachelor who longed for his mother’s good Portuguese cooking. She cooked, he ate and six years later, he still prefers her food to any restaurant fare. Follow their culinary capers in their 20-square-foot kitchen at their blog, Chez Us.
Lauren Keiper, (Boston, Massachusetts) writer and editor, lives in Boston with her husband, Eric. She’s written for Reuters, the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and Boston magazine. Lauren grew up in suburban Pennsylvania, but has been eating, cooking (oh and working) her way up the East Coast since, living in Washington DC, New York City and now Boston. Doughnuts are her favorite food group.
Matthew Petrelis (Boston, Massachusetts), writer, photographer, living just outside of Boston where during the day he is a cardiac sonographer. A New England native, he enjoys traveling in search of food finds, antiques, forgotten buildings and inspiration with his husband and their pug. Matthew often writes about his adventures – culinary and otherwise – on his website The Things I Think About. You can also find him on Twitter and just about any other social media platform.
Tara Bellucci (Boston, Massachusetts) is a lifelong New Englander who grew up in the kitchen and never left. A founder of the <a href=”http://www.bostonfoodswap.com/”>Boston Food Swap</a>, it’s her mission to share culinary creations and connect people through the joys of real food. Outside of swapping, Tara writes about décor & design for Apartment Therapy, DIY Boston and The Kitchn. See what she’s up to here!
Lucy Engelman (Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a freelance illustrator currently living, drawing, and adventuring in the Midwest. Her work covers many avenues of illustration collaborating with everyone from chefs to biologists. In addition to Eat Boutique, she has had to opportunity to work with several publications and companies including and not limited to Bon Appetit, Diner Journal, West Elm, Chronicle Books, and others that can be found on her site. Lucy is always looking for new collaborations so do not hesitate to contact her with your imagination inquiries.
Casey Engelman (St. Helena, California) is a freelance writer and chef-in-training. She is currently learning to master the ways of the kitchen at the Culinary Institute of America. A lover of all things food-filled, she cherishes time in the kitchen and at the table sharing meals and making memories.
Molly Shuster (Boston, Masachusetts & New York City, New York) is a freelance food stylist and recipe developer. After starting her career in publishing in New York City, Molly switched gears and went to The Institute of Culinary Education. After working in the city for five years, Molly recently moved back to her home-state of Massachusetts. She currently divides her time between Boston and New York. View more on Molly Shuster on her website.
Sean St John (Cornwall, UK) is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and spirits. He is particularly interested in food’s natural seasons, fresh produce and artisan producers with a real passion for their craft. He currently lives in Cornwall, UK, an area known for its seafood and farming. He is always on the lookout for new and exciting food and drink to try and buy and write about, and is currently working on Four, a British seasonal cookery book with illustrator Katt Frank. You can see more of his work at Wildwood Shore.
Rachel Wilson (Boston, Massachusetts) developed an appreciation for eating locally while growing up on a ranch in Oregon, and today frequents both farms and farmers’ markets in search of fresh food treasures (and works Eat Boutique markets!). An environmental consultant by day, she spends her evenings cooking and baking, much to the delight of her husband’s coworkers. In addition, Rachel enjoys hiking, traveling, coffee shops, artisan chocolate, and books. As a new mom to baby Annabel, one of Rachel’s future hobbies will be training her daughter to have an adventurous palate!
Kate H. Knapp (Boston, Massachusetts) has been cooking since she was stove-high and whisk-strong. She comes from a long line of cooks and bakers, from whom she learned the sweet power of sugar, the thrill of egg whites, the magic of leftovers, and the importance of being fearless in the kitchen. Kate works as the Urbanist Boston City Guide Editor and has recently earned a Masters in Gastronomy. She spends her free time testing recipes, practicing food photography, and reading cookbooks. Her recipe for life is a work in progress—needs a dash more of this and a pinch of that—but she couldn’t be happier with her ingredients.
Katie Eberts (Grand Rapids, Michigan) grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan with her head in the clouds and her feet in a flower garden. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design in 2011 with a BFA in watercolor illustration, and is currently a freelance artist/illustrator. You can see more of her work at Happy Life Studio.