Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s spring. I like to call it faux spring because it’s still only 20 degrees by me. Regardless, the sun is shining and I swear I hear a bird chipping out there. Here are a few updates:
Washington, D.C.: After so many years on this planet, I finally visit Washington D.C. later this week. I’m attending a food conference and basically immersing myself in all things food for five days. I’m thrilled to spend a full day learning about Union Market (small batch food research) and to take my Olivia Pope stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue and across the National Mall (sans heels). I’ll pack a homemade lunch for the plane and I’ll share how I do that in an upcoming blog post.
This Cookbook is Real: I got postcards in the mail from my publisher and, well, it all got real the moment I spread them out on the table. After two years of hard work, it’s a little strange to see it all coming together, almost unreal. I do hope you pre-order the cookbook (like now) so you get it the moment its available in October. Every order helps!
My Kitchen Table, Literally: I get lots of emails, posts and tweets asking where the heck I got my kitchen table. I use it in many of the images on Eat Boutique because, well, it’s a real table in my kitchen. It’s actually a metal-top table with metal legs (and caster wheels, thanks Chris!) that I bring to some of our pop-up markets. I bought it last summer at The Vintage Bazaar for a steal. In June, I’ll find more good stuff. You should come!
Candied Blood Orange Rinds: Whenever I want to give a real treat to someone, I create these beautiful orange rinds. With just a few steps and a bit of time, I make old-fashioned candy that people instantly adore. The recipe will be in my cookbook but if you’re attending the IACP conference, I’ll bring a bunch to share a taste of the cookbook.
Classes and Pop-Up Markets and Fairs: April is super busy for me and Eat Boutique. Besides participating in a Wedding Fair at Anthropologie (see below), I’ll host a class on infused sea salts and sugars at West Elm (please call them to buy a ticket) and join in on Madewell’s spring fashion show with Domestikated Life (rsvp by calling this Madewell store). Look forward to seeing you soon!
Have a pretty week.
Photos taken and styled by Maggie Battista. Wedding Fair invite designed by BHLDN Boston.
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 is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019.