74 DESIGN NEW ENGLAND NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013
local wares artisan eats
written + produced by courtney kasianowicz | photographed by joel benjamin
“EAT BOUTIQUE STARTED as a way to write my way
toward a life in food and entertaining,” says Maggie Battista of
the Boston-based blog she founded in 2007 that has since
grown into the foodie’s full-fledged dream business. Today,
Eat Boutique is part blog — food writers and photographers
around the world discuss the simple yet global topic of what it
means to gather, cook, and eat — and part online shop where
Battista offers gift boxes she curates, with the food and
beverage items crafted by the small businesses she discovers.
The New England Gift Box (pictured) features products made
here in the region. Contents change seasonally and range
from traditional maple syrup to trendy flavors of chocolate,
coffee, and seasoned salt to tantalizing new concoctions like
apple cider marshmallows.
“Food is precious,” says Battista. “Food is a gift, and we
should treat it that way.”
new england gift box, $45,
Eat Boutique, Boston; eatboutique.
com. Items change seasonally.
Pictured clockwise from top left:
Praline crisp with passion fruit pate
de fruits, Fixx Chocolates, Boston.
Maple Syrup, Syrup Souvenir Shop,
Burlington, VT. Apple & Spice
Pancake Mix, Kenyon’s Grist Mill,
West Kingston, RI. Maine Cherry
Wood Smoked Sea Salt, Salt
Traders, Ipswich, MA. Farmstead
Goat Milk Caramels, Big Picture
Farm, Townshend, VT.
Battista also has successfully staged markets such as the
Eat Boutique Holiday Market Festival coming to Boston in
December. Battista, who spent two years in Paris, wanted to
bring the European experience of shopping for food and its
emphasis on connecting with local food merchants instead of
large brands to American consumers. More than 40 vendors
will mingle with small-batch food lovers at the Boston event,
which will include a cookbook shop and author signing. “Our
markets are about the discovery of hidden gems,” Battista
says. “Small mom-and-pop types of companies now have a
prominent space in Boston to interact with consumers.” And
consumers can be properly introduced.
Eat Boutique Holiday Market Festival; December 7,
Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.