Gosh, what a whirlwind! Someone pinch me! I opened the Eat Boutique Holiday Market last week in a very old building on the Harvard University campus, and to see your faces as you step in fills me with such delight and gratitude. Thank you, really.
This pop-up was really a chance to model out our ideas, aesthetic, and vision in real life, so everyone could see what we want to bring to Boston (and beyond) starting in 2016. This pop-up feels less like a pop-up and more like a permanent retail space and I’m so glad we were able to share it with you.
For all of our faraway friends, I wanted to share a few images to show what Eat Boutique is really all about — food gift love; community and connection around food; small batch discovery; and just plain delicious, beautiful food. I’m so proud of all the makers and the big team who brought this to life. Proud and honored.
Take a look at the photos. Tell me what YOU love about your local food shops. And if you’re near Boston, get in here because we’re only open until December 20, 2015. And, in fact, next weekend, our local hometown chef heroes honor us by talking about their last minute holiday preparations and the drama. If you’d like to hear Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Patrick Campbell (Cafe ArtScience), Karen Akunowicz (Cheftestant on season 13 of Bravo’s Top Chef and chef/partner Myers and Chang), and Steve “Nookie” Postal (Commonwealth) talk the holidays with the Improper Bostonian’s Jonathan Soroff, rsvp here! (Lots of drinks will be flowing at the cash bar graciously hosted by Wanderlush.)
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.