I just returned from 36 hours in Orlando, Florida. Florida is such a fun state: it’s the land of Disney, humid and steamy, citrus-soaked, packed with palm trees and golf carts and tourists. It was actually a nice break from the Boston heat and another moment for me to share the Eat Boutique story at the Food and Wine Conference.
Most of you have been on this wild small batch boutique food ride for a while so you all know my story. But here’s the five second version:
- I started Eat Boutique, the blog, as a place to write my way toward a life in food.
- Eat Boutique became a spot where me and my friends share food maker stories, recipes and city guides to eating boutique.
- Then Eat Boutique, the blog, evolved into Eat Boutique, the shop. (And lots of rad things happened.)
- And then, Eat Boutique, the shop, went all real life and became Eat Boutique, the markets. (More rad things, like finally meet you in person!)
This little business is growing by leaps and bounds, and the markets have been my way of quilting together the very best of all the markets and bazaars from my travels into a curated pop-experience of foodstuffs, only the delicious and beautiful sort. With four markets under our belt, we’re going all out for Eat Boutique 2013.
I am thrilled to announce that Eat Boutique Boston will be on Saturday, December 7, 2013 so mark your calendars. This Eat Boutique will be our largest ever with more than 60 food and drink makers, cookbook authors, culinary personalities, food trucks and some fun surprises all under one roof to help you with every holiday shopping desire. You’ll get a bit of cheer, fill up on food, shop for gifts, learn some stuff and hang out with a community of boutique food fans. This year, you’ll also be able to curate your favorite foods into a gift and hand them over to the Eat Boutique Team to pack, wrap and ship to anyone anywhere in the USA. How cool is that?
Really, all this food gift love makes December 7th my favorite day of the year!
But we have to tell you about the space…
This year’s event will be in one of my favorite spaces in all of Boston. Seriously, people. We’re taking over the third floor at Cruiseport Boston. That’s 20,000 square feet of boutique food goodness. Cruiseport Boston is a large warehouse-style building down at the end of the Seaport where 300,000 people board mega cruise ships sailing toward Bermuda, Canada or across the seas to Europe.
Cruiseport is a great destination for Eat Boutique Boston. First, I’m in love with the dramatic window views of the sea and the loft-like ceiling heights! And there’s a 5-level garage next door (so you can park!) and the MBTA Silver Line is a 2-minute walk from the building. The exact address is: 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts.
So like all those travelers departing Boston Harbor weekly, you’ll set sail on a culinary journey of sorts, tasting food from our favorite food makers and sipping libations from the very best drink makers, wine makers, bartenders. And you’ll be able to pick up plenty of foodstuff-style souvenirs for friends, family or just yourself because, you know, you like food too.
And here is where you come in…
To make Eat Boutique Boston special, we’re looking for YOUR advice and feedback:
- Know a great food or drink maker? Tell us about them.
- Know a potential food celebrity or food brand who wants to get involved? Tell us about them too.
- Want to help with Eat Boutique Boston? Join in here.
- Just want to tell me something about Eat Boutique Boston directly? Email me!
Lastly, tickets will go on sale for Eat Boutique Boston this Fall. Be the first to know and add yourself to this email announcement list.
Thanks so much for all your notes of encouragement. I’m excited to continue to grow these events into the market of my dreams, your dreams, our dreams.
All photos taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio
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 the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
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.