contributors: MAGGIE BATTISTA | WRITER Maggie Battista is a community organizer, writer and small batch food lover who regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. She’s the founder of Eat Boutique, a site that offers food gifts and tasting boxes from the best independent food makers, and hosts Eat Boutique’s Local Markets, where food fans gather to meet makers and cookbook authors. You can follow her worldwide — and homemade — gastronomic adventures on eatboutique.com. "Must-follow" on Twitter: I love aesthetically pleasing things (food packaging is an obsession), which makes me a design fanatic. I love following Tina Roth Eisenberg’s adventures in design and entrepreneurship - @swissmiss.
FRANK McMAINS | PHOTOGRAPHER Frank McMains is a writer and photographer based in Baton Rouge, La. His work has been widely published but his primary interests lie in not using his MBA and exploring the untold, out-of-the-way stories that abound in his home state. He is also partial to helicopter rides and a good bourbon now and then. "Must-follow" on Twitter: David Hobby @strobist; George LeClaire @ dhphotogeorge; Lara & Terence @gran_tourismo
BRENDAN LYNCH | WRITER Brendan Lynch is a rural midwesterner who developed a passion for food upon transplanting to San Francisco. From the famed Frog Hollow peaches at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to dive bar cyclist bbq haunts, the Bay Area was Brendan's culinary proving ground. Having recently moved back to Southern Illinois, Brendan now buys and preps whole heritage hogs from an Amish farmer named Lavan and has been known to transport entire feasts via bicycle. He misses the Bay Area, but has the space to grow heirloom tomatoes and house a freezer large enough to hold a pigs head, an otherwise unimaginable flight of fancy in his old studio in San Francisco. "Must-follow" on Twitter: Editor's Note: Brendan doesn't understand the fun that is the Twitters.
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