Chefs

Brooklyn Brewery and Bits of Love

by Maggie Battista
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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

Mayflour Confections

by Jocelyn Pierce
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I love hearing the stories behind the food magic. Today Jocelyn Pierce, the woman behind Mayflour Confections, a sweet catering business based out of Massachusetts’s north shore, shares her history and love of cake. If you’re enchanted as I am, but don’t live near Boston, you’re in luck! Jocelyn will be Eat Boutique Boston, serving

Puritan, Cambridge, Massachusetts

by Shelby Larsson
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We feature many boutique food makers on Eat Boutique and, just in case you were wondering, restauranteurs are makers too! After several visits to Puritan & Company, I felt the vibe of a true maker in every detail. Between the food, the design and the sweet hello/goodbye at the door, Shelby’s become a fan as

Eat Boutique at ICA Boston

by Maggie Battista
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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

Ana Sortun’s Chef Sets

by Maggie Battista
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Obviously, we love to try and do it all ourselves – homemade jams and cocktails and cheese and anything else delightful and small batch.  But, let’s face it, sometimes we need to ask for help.  Who better to lend a hand than local Boston-area chef Ana Sortun? We’d invite her and her lovely spice blends

Flour by Joanne Chang

by Shelby Larsson
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Shelby shares the love for Joanne Chang, who will be signing her cookbook on Saturday, September 24 from 1-1:45pm, at our first ever Local Market in Boston. We’re delighted that Daily Candy just included the event in their Weekend Guide. We hope you can come! -Maggie While I have been accused of being obsessive about

Classic Ice Cream Sandwich

by Jill Chen
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As a kid, one of my all-time favorite summer treats was the classic ice cream sandwich. Remember the ones that came out of a bell-ringing tricycle cart? The jingle-ling from the Good Humour or Dickie Dee guy sent us all running home begging for change. Because July is National Ice Cream month, and because it’s

Whim: A Dinner Party at Smolak Farms

by Maggie Battista
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Last week, I followed one of my favorite chefs to the country. Chef Jason Bond of Bondir restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, launched the Whim dinner series at Smolak Farms, a weekly Wednesday night event that places amazing urban chefs in the bucolic setting of a remote country farm. Imagine green garden soup with fresh summer

Books on Cooks: Gabrielle Hamilton’s “Blood, Bones & Butter”

by Luke Poling
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All of us at Eat Boutique are into cookbooks, often reading them like graphic novels before we slip toward sleep each night. But books about cooks have a favorite place in our kitchens too and the talented filmmaker/writer Luke Poling has offered to share his perspective on his favorites. Please welcome Luke in the comments.

5 Little Secrets and a Canal House-inspired Lunch

by Maggie Battista
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I am going to let you in on five little secrets. First, (secret #1) it’s tough to put these words out there but I have totally over-extended myself. Sometimes, I feel like I have 10 different jobs. Eat Boutique is my passion, my heart, really. But it certainly battles for my free time, up against

Food Event: Our Palate vs. Our Planet

by Maggie Battista
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A few of us over at Eat Boutique – okay, perhaps all of us! – are in love with Joanne Chang. She’s started several fabulous Boston-area bakeries that showcase, among other delicious goodies, some of the best cinnamon rolls around; they’re so good they were even featured on the Food Network. Joanne and a great

big LITTLE Get Together

by Maggie Battista
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I learned about big LITTLE Get Together, a personal chef service based on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a few weeks ago. Founders Flannery Klette-Kolton and Lauren Gerrie are the ultimate hostesses, putting their big hearts toward creating contemporary urban cuisine with amazing ingredients. They shared these lovely recipes, recipes that made me want

Deirdre & Caleb, Pane e Salute

by Maggie Battista
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I have a thing for Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber. This thing is more like a crush, a serious crush. Well, perhaps it’s more like a rabid fascination with and aspiration for what they are… a sweet couple who cares so much about authentic food and old-fashioned hospitality that they’ve carved a great life for

Open Letter to the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten

by Maggie Battista
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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to meet Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. It was an incredibly intimate affair, one I shared with a close friend of mine and about… 2,000 other people. Yes, I was one of THOSE people who waited in line for two hours to purchase copies of her new book

Grown Up Mac and Cheese

by Maggie Battista

I’m on a Barefoot Contessa kick this week. In fact, I think I may be in love with her. Not real love, like the love I feel for my husband or even my dog. It’s the kind of love I feel for people who build community via their food. She helps me nurture my little

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