Hello and the happiest of Mondays to you,
It’s finally December, the moment many of us have been awaiting all year long, and the perfect excuse to sing aloud and bake non-stop — or maybe that’s just me. (Oh, please tell me that’s not just me!) Here are a few other things I wanted to mention:
A Thankful Holiday: I hope you had the most delicious Thanksgiving. Mine was full of smoked turkey, three ways, including enchiladas and nachos, and a family who loves each other to the moon and back. I hope you were as fortunate. I sent them home with hugs, snapshots, jars of jam and glass orbs filled with apple cider syrup (to make instant hot cider all month long).
December Pop-Up Shop: I’m elated to move into the very best season. We’re working like little elves to set up our small shop at 1377 Boylston Street (near Fenway). We’ll be open for business starting at 11am on Thursday, December 4th, featuring 50+ small batch sweet and savory food gifts from across the USA. Our friends at The Fenway will offer a sweet treat to celebrate our opening so stay tuned to their site and their Twitter feed for the details. (See our poster below for more pretty details.)
Donuts + Drip Coffee Social: Sunday mornings are the best. Rise and shine (and shop!) on Sunday, December 7th. Black Magic Coffee and Union Square Donuts will be in our little shop to make your day just a little bit brighter. Your ticket includes a drip coffee, a donut and early access to the Eat Boutique shop before it opens. I’ll give the first 100 ticket holders an espresso-flavored caramel from Shotwell Candy to wake you up! Dress warm as we expect a line but I’ll share a big holiday hug! Buy your ticket now.
New England Gift Collection: Those of us who live in New England know that our mom-and-pop style makers are the salt of the earth, the folks who work two or more jobs just to share their food or drink with the world. We celebrate them in our latest New England Gift Collection. It’s filled with sweet treats from up and down the region, including a Maine blueberry preserve, chocolate stout cookies made right here in Massachusetts and coconut-ginger cookie bites from Connecticut. We’ll no doubt run out of our most popular gift collection, so send yours now.
Make a Food Gift: I shop and make all month long. I send Eat Boutique food gifts and I also craft food gifts for those in my immediate neighborhood like the best dog walker in the world and my Italian neighbor who always remembers me with her homemade pizzelle cookies. I’m maintaining a Pinterest Board filled with my favorite food gift recipes. This week, I’m partial to Coconut Salted Caramel; Peppermint Patties; Holiday Nog Pull Apart Bread; and Beer and Sea Salt Caramels.
I hope you have a great week. I’ll email you all the moment the shop opens!
Photos and styling by Maggie Battista.
Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers and shares our version of #foodgiftlove. 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.
Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic Studio. Follow Maggie Battista on Instagram.