My first trip to Martha Stewart headquarters was back in December for their Craft Fair and last Thursday I had the privilege of attending an event to celebrate the Tastemakers featured in their April issue.  Saying that Martha is an inspiration to me (and so many) is a humble understatement and she has such an amazing and creative team.  These images are from the hallowed hall that leads to their offices.

I’d really enjoy a walk to work like this.

The April issue has 3 different covers: one featuring stenciled Easter eggs (pretty!), another with a lemon crepe cake (yum!) and the 3rd with a gorgeous flower arrangement of parrot tulips (love), lilac (a definite fave), daffodils (I didn’t know there were so many different kinds!) and hellebores (never seen before, but they are splendid)

Among the many tasty bites and sips at the event were a sampling of tasty hors d’oeuvres on breads from Sullivan Street Bakery and beer from Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.  There were lovely macarons from MadMac (yes, with 1 “o”, the French way).  I’ve blogged about macarons here and here and here and MadMac’s are seriously tasty; great texture and the fillings were delicious: chocolate, coffee, apricot, raspberry and pistachio:

Their website has an ad for the very 1st annual Macaron Day NYC on Saturday, 3/20 where participating locations are giving away free macarons with a portion of the day’s proceeds going to City Harvest.  They’re hoping to make the macaron “the new cupcake”, nice.

There were also yummy chocolate caramels with gray and smoked salts from Fran’s Chocolates in Seattle.  And there was a big crowd around Fleisher’s Grass-Fed and Organic Meats as they demo’d how to butcher a whole pig and raffled off the parts.  I loved it when they gave Martha a big sampling and she popped it into her handbag!

I took a peek behind the scenes at the neatly organized rows of desks in the office and marveled at the inspiration boards everywhere: totally want to post pics, but don’t want to spoil the next issue!  And as we left there were (very generously heavy) gift bags:

I love this April issue and can’t wait to get started on spring and Easter projects.  I also had to buy the gorgeous “Pretty in Pink” Spring 2010 Weddings Issue to get inspired for a pink party this summer.

Next I really want to go to this Stitch Fest Party on April 1st to launch the new Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.  And check out The Crafts Dept. blog for their entry on the Craft and Hobby Association’s Winter Trade Show to see some amazingly enormous knit animals from Lion Brand Yarn, another of my faves.