Holiday Local Market Volunteers



It’s been a few weeks since I last posted but I promise, it’s for good reason. I’m deep in planning on our December Holiday Local Market. So deep. The Market and all of our holiday gift box preparation is making for long hours not doing the thing I love: writing!

Instead of writing, I’m tasting… tasting chocolates and lollipops, cookies and jams, syrups and coffees and the most delicious candied orange rinds this side of Paris. Seriously, to my knowledge, these are the best candied orange rinds I’ve had in the States. I’d be so pleased to be challenged on that proclamation, so if you know a good purveyor or have a great recipe, please share!

I wanted to share with you that our Holiday Local Market line-up is looking pretty fantastic. Not only are we hosting a great crop of food makers, but our cookbook author lineup is quite stellar. I can’t share just yet – but I can say the authors signing their cookbooks come from all walks of life, from a seasoned popular bakery owner to one of my favorite food bloggers on the entire Internet. Yes, that’s a mighty proclamation but it’s true – I bet she’s a favorite of yours as well.

Now since this Holiday Local Market is a lot of work to produce, we need some help. So here’s my last official declaration: All participating volunteers for this year’s Eat Boutique Holiday Local Market will receive a gift box of items from our favorite food makers and items made in my little kitchen. If you’ve been following my food chronicles, you know I’ve made some pretty fun stuff like all kinds of fig jams, hot pepper jellies, salsa, apple everything and all sorts of infused cordials. I’d be so pleased to share, if you wouldn’t mind volunteering for the day! We’ll need your help from 10am-6pm, so please contact me if you’d like to participate all day.

With lots of love and gratitude, I am signing off to get back to tasting, because these gift boxes aren’t going to fill themselves with delicious handmade food. I appreciate every one of you – thank you for reading – and I look forward to previewing our holiday gift boxes… this weekend!

All photos by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Style.

Eat Boutique is an online magazine + market for food enthusiasts to celebrate the best pure, local + comforting handmade foods. We call it: food that hugs you back.  Looking for the perfect gift? Eat Boutique sells gift boxes filled with handmade sweet and savory treats.  Send a gift box of handmade food today.


Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique​–​a food​-​retail concept space ​with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.

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  • Lys

    If you say Molly Wizenberg….oh my goodness. I think I might fall over if she’s the blogger that’s attending! My copy of A Homemade Life has been read and used so many times…it’s absolutely dog-eared and full of flour.  Love love love her!

    • Hey Lys:

      Molly is wonderful! But she’s a west coast author. We try to keep every aspect of the market local and invite authors from New England/New York to the Boston Local Market. I hope to someday host Molly at a west coast event. 🙂


      • Lys

        Oh I didn’t even think of that (keeping it local).  Now you really have my wheels turning.  Looking forward to the announcement!

  • Shelby @ Lady Gouda

    I can’t wait to see all that you have in store for this Holiday Market, Maggie!

  • Moore Or Less Cooking

    Wow!! Looks so wonderfully exciting and busy! So happy for you! Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Thank you! We’re so excited.