I’m in love with love.
I say “I love you” or “I love that” constantly, as if it’s as routine as “Hello, how are you?” because, I mean, shouldn’t it be?!
Romantic comedies get me every time, even the gosh-awful ones (you know, like this one and this one and this one). Though, I’m way more into this one and this one and oh gosh this one and definitely this one.
I also love Valentine’s Day, the single day of the year when I am essentially required to tell my favorite(s) that they’re mine, all mine. I love giving and getting a little something and, just so you know, flowers aren’t lost on me; the measliest, palest carnation can make me smile for weeks. However, make me food, sweet food, and the love never ends, never. It lingers like a “food gift love” memory should.
This year, Valentine’s Day falls during my first pop-up market of the year, hosted at Haven’s Kitchen in New York City. We’ve sent our favorite sweet, spicy, savory, and sassy small-batch food gifts to their cooking school and cafe just two blocks from Manhattan’s Union Square.The pop-up market is open from now until February 25. (Some featured items include: Royal Rose Drink Syrups; Apotheker’s Kitchen Honey-Sweetened Chocolate and Marshmallows; Bonnie’s Jams; and, of course, my new cookbook Food Gift Love.)
Pretty, pretty, right?!
To celebrate our time in one of my favorite cities, I’m teaching an Artful Confections Class filled with homemade food gifts on Saturday, February 13th – just in time for the big day. We’ll make Smoky Caramel Popcorn, Chocolate Truffles, good-for-you granola, and granola-studded chocolate bark together, and then eat it all. ALL OF IT, PEOPLE.
No wait, we’ll package and gift some, too, promise.
My first New York City class is going to be similar to one of my favorite events from my Food Gift Love Tour, except a little more intimate (there are only a couple seats left). Over Halloween weekend last year, I taught how to make chocolate truffles at the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, and the class blew me away.
Between the chocolate and the sweet guests and the cheese board and the champagne, well, it was a few of my favorite things pressed into some of the best hours of my tour.
Before I shout “buy tickets for my New York City class now,” (oops) I want to share these super fun photos taken by Heidi Murphy during my class last year. I’m never in love with sharing photos of me – one of the few things I rarely love, really – but we had so much fun and with the blue ocean and blue sky as our backdrop, everything just shined.
I can’t wait to see you in New York City. If you can’t get there, try making my Red Wine Chocolate Truffles at home. If you do visit my little shop at Haven’s Kitchen, post photos and tag them #ebmarket so I can see them, pretty please.
See you soon!
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.