Founded in 2007 by Maggie Battista, Eat Boutique is an online magazine and market that discovers and celebrates the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We curate seasonal and regional homespun gift and tasting boxes as gifts for food fans, and also sell our amazing discoveries individually for the home cook. With a team of global friends who also love food, we share easy recipes, inspiring food maker stories and guides to eating boutique in our favorite cities. We host intimate tasting events and convivial markets for our favorite food makers, cookbook authors and small batch food fans.
Guests at an Eat Boutique Market are typically passionate food fans who seek out new food discoveries by artisan and small batch makers. Guests are often avid home cooks, fine dining aficionados, chefs and restauranteurs, food writers, and industry professionals who want to discover new foods in a relaxed and convivial environment. The Markets are family-friendly and a lovely way for family and friends to enjoy an afternoon together.
An Eat Boutique Market is set up less like a farmer’s market and more like an afternoon cocktail party in a big shoppe for small batch food and drink where you get to mix and mingle with our favorite makers and cookbook authors. Each featured maker appears by invitation only, so the event is a curated selection of our favorite makers of the season.
Food and drink makers will share samples and answer any questions you have about their craft and product. Cookbook authors will talk with you about their books and sign those that you bring or purchase in the Eat Boutique curated bookstore of fine cookbooks.
Each guest who purchases a ticket to enter the Eat Boutique Market will be able to meet, taste and shop for your home kitchen or for gifts for the food fan in your life. An Eat Boutique Market is also a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with your friends and family who love small batch food.
Eat Boutique is owned and managed by Maggie Battista. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. With continued hard work and features in places like The Wall Street Journal, Gilt Taste, and 101 Cookbooks, Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in monthly tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks.
Fostering vibrant real world communities around food, Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food and drink makers. Maggie is a community evangelist with more than 15 years of Web community building and outreach experience, connecting millions via sites like Lycos, Tripod, TripAdvisor and Nokia. She’s written for Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine and The Hip Paris Blog, and created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England.
Maggie regularly travels far distances to speak at conferences and to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique.
We are delighted when people want to get involved with Eat Boutique. While we’re not currently hiring, we’re happy to receive emails from interested participants or potential collaborators. Please email us via the contact form on this site.
If you’d like to write for the Eat Boutique blog, please send a query, writing samples and story ideas via the contact form on the Eat Boutique blog.