Massachusetts is known for simple fresh foods: crisp apples weigh down trees across the region, cranberries plump up in bogs along coastal waters, and the seafood is pretty hard to beat. The culinary adventure doesn’t have to stop at the orchards, farm stands or even fresh catch restaurants, especially when food artisans shine from one end of the state to the other.
Many of the best small batch food makers will sample and sell their food at the Eat Boutique Fall Market on Atlantic Wharf on September 22, 2012. Under a tent on the beautiful Boston waterfront, 20 food and beverage makers will share their stories, and sell their delicious, beautifully designed food items. The makers are from all over New England, but the program overflows with Massachusetts’s artisans including these five:
1. Bantam, The Modern American Cider: Bantam produces a unique and fresh modern line of hard cider that challenges what a conventional cider should be.
2. Q’s Nuts: Brian and Beth Quinn have been roasting sweet and spicy nuts for years, and just secured their success by opening their first store in Somerville, MA.
3. Chococoa Baking Company: These mini-whoopie pies shine at this Newburyport, MA café and bakery, and can be purchased fresh or frozen.
4. 7ate9 Bakery: Sarah-Beth Chester spent years testing recipes with local ingredients before opening up her gourmet cheesecake delivery company. The cakes come in large and petite single-servings.
5. Fiore Di Nonno: Tradition is preserved in beautiful handcrafted batches of fresh mozzarella cheese, stracciatella, and cream-filled bur rata.
This convivial gathering of the very best makers is curated and designed by Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique, an online magazine and market that discovers the best small batch foods from boutique food makers. Designed to connect food and spirit makers with passionate food fans, last year’s Eat Boutique Markets were attended by more than 1,000 guests.
The Fall Market will also showcase four local food writers with some of the most notable cookbooks of the year:
- Alana Chernila (The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making)
- Molly Birnbaum (Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way)
- Leigh Belanger (The Boston Homegrown Cookbook)
- Christine Chitnis (Markets of New England)
Each will on be on hand to sign and sell their books, and chat with market guests.
There’s no better souvenir than a favorite local cookbook or a basket of local handmade sweet and savory treats, so visit the Eat Boutique Fall Market on Atlantic Wharf anytime from 1-5pm. The event is free but RSVPs are encouraged to help the makers plan for samples.
Founded in 2007 by Maggie Battista, Eat Boutique is a magazine and market that discovers and celebrates the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. They share recipes, maker stories, and city guides to eating boutique. They host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. They also craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order today. To stay in the know on Boston’s hippest food artisans, follow Eat Boutique on Facebook and Twitter.
All photos courtesy of White Loft Studio.