Sometimes, you have to stop. Stop to smell the insert-flower-here; stop to take in the gorgeous-momentous-sweeping view; and stop to fully appreciate the moment. I’ve been traveling and speaking and demo-ing and signing non-stop since the release of Food Gift Love on October 13 and, no doubt, it feels good to share this food with all of you.
But on October 16, I celebrated with my people. The moment I walked into Loyal Nine (my local and your local spot), the owner Daniel said, “You’re home” and he couldn’t have been more right. More than 100 folks streamed into the cafe space to sip fantastic cocktails using Berkshire Mountain Spirits (a local distillery), nosh on a creative tapas-style set-up, hug my sweet new friends from Le Parfait Jars, and hug me. The hugs were the best part.
Well, the photo booth was kinda great too, because now I have these wicked awesome photos. Thanks to Danger Booth and my supremely talented prop-scout-diva Kate Knapp, we’re sharing the fun with you now.
Photo caption: I flew all the way to Boston from Paris and, look, it’s Food Gift Love plus jars!
Photo caption: All this hand lettering makes my sweet hand-lettering friend Jenny Milwid all smiley. She made those signs, folks.
Photo caption: “My wife wrote a cookbook?! I thought all those food gifts were just for me.”
Photo caption: Cooking up good times and happy memories.
Photo caption: My favorite ladies (and friends!) from Mei Mei Boston are the kind of crazy-cool we all long to be.
Photo caption: Three of the ladies who started it all. From left to right, my favorite mixologist (sister); the scene-stealing, party-starting woman to whom I dedicated the cookbook (mom, who holds that wine glass like a boss); and the gal-pal from the first day of university who showed me the wonders of cinnamon sugar (best friend).
Photo caption: My America’s Test Kitchen friends, because people, AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN!
Photo caption: She’s been through almost every Eat Boutique Market with me – thanks, lady Laura Ciampa.
Photo caption: The crew from my favorite YouTube video marketing company Pixability stealing the show. Guys, you need to help me make food gift videos pronto!
Photo caption: This lady and her man. You know, I adore you.
Photo caption: This view. The party was packed all night long. Thanks and hugs to Loyal Nine; Le Parfait Jars; Berkshire Mountain Distillers; Fivefork Farms; Jenny Milwid; Harvard Book Store; Danger Booth; Marisa Dobson; Kate Knapp; Heidi Murphy; and anyone else I may have forgotten. You are all loved and appreciated. I wish you loads of Food Gift Love each and every season.
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.