We love food.
We work hard.
We have fun doing
what we do.
Eat Drink Media Group was formed in 2017 by Raph Brickman and Matt Morello, two friends who had enjoyed lengthy success as a food photographer & designer and a chef & restaurant owner respectively. Aside from sharing a great interest in great food, their skills and instincts for launching brands meshed well. It was, as we say in the business, a fine pairing. In 2020, Rich Batt joined the team to add more expertise and services to our arsenal. We have also developed a network of freelancers and partners to provide scalability and additional services such as video production and public relations.
In just a few years, we have attracted numerous clients in the food, beverage, restaurant and cannabis industries. We have built a reputation for delivering strong brand concepts and content at a reasonable cost by working out of our home offices and keeping overhead low.
We have a lot in common with our clients. We love food. We work hard. We have fun doing what we do. But most importantly, we share a passion for creating something special; an art form that draws people in and elevates an experience. Just like you, we put great care and attention into our product and pay extra care and attention to our clientele.
Meet The Team
Founder/Director of Design and Photography
On the shelves, in the towns, and across the pages of websites, catalogs and menus all around Boston and beyond, Raph’s designs and photography have captured the attention and devotion of our clients’ customers. His concepts set a tone, suggest an experience and always encourage a taste. His food industry experience spans over 25 years, first as a designer on the Stop and Shop and Giant Eagle supermarket accounts, later as an art director for magazines that cover local restaurants, and recently as a freelance designer for such accounts as Belgium’s Chocolate Source, Elm Square Oyster Co. and Revolutionary Clinics/Licit Brands (yes, we count edibles as food!). Raph takes pride in transforming our clients’ brands into stunning visuals that appeal on visceral and emotional levels. Whether playful or elegant, his designs are always as tasteful as our client’s products.
Partner/Director of Strategy, Content and Copy
After 25 years as an ad agency Creative Director or Copywriter on accounts ranging from consumer brands to healthcare companies, Rich joined our firm to combine his passion for brand building with his love of cooking and food. His creativity extends to campaign concepting, product naming, event planning, copywriting and story telling across all channels and formats, from print and packaging to websites and video. His food and hospitality experience includes creating campaigns and content for Pace Foods, Temazcal Restaurants, St. Regis and Encore Boston Harbor, including Encore’s nine restaurants. Over the course of his career, Rich has also been involved in brand strategizing, and helps our clients develop their own distinctive strategy from positioning and messaging to personality. Out of that strategy, he creates compelling concepts, content and copy that sells any food like hot cakes.
Director of Social Media
Marissa got her start with social networks by using the platforms to advertise her fashion blog while attending fashion school. Early on, her Instagram page was picked up for a feature in the Boston Globe’s Style section and suddenly a light bulb went off. After graduation, Marissa began free-lance consulting and managing the social media accounts for dozens of businesses throughout a wide range of industries, from real estate to fashion to food. Recently, Marissa managed all social media for Gourmet Caterers, one of New England’s largest and most successful catering companies. As our Director of Social Media, Marissa guides our clients through the ever-changing world of social media marketing. Whether you need help with conceiving and managing your monthly posts or someone to create and design an effective paid campaign, you’ll find Marissa and her work very likeable.
Founder/Director of Consulting, Research and Innovation
It’s not often you find a branding firm with a successful Michelin-trained chef and restaurant owner at the helm. But Matt Morello is “our special sauce,” an industry veteran who brings vast food knowledge and entrepreneurial experience to helping our clients achieve their vision and see new opportunities. With his Morello Hospitality Group, Matt was the chef and/or owner of such acclaimed restaurants as Elm Square Oyster Co., Brasserie 28, The Andover Inn at Phillips Academy, Gracious Host Catering and Savour Kitchen. In addition, he developed his own line of “Compliment” hot sauces for bivalves and served as chief consultant for Town Market in Andover. In recent years, he was the opening chef for Revolutionary Clinics, where he created the recipes, brands and packaging for over 30 different cannabis products. Today, Matt serves our clients a menu of everything from market analysis and concept testing to product innovation and recipe development.
Director of Business Development
Ever since Kevin donned his first server’s apron at the Tides, he has loved interacting with customers about food and putting a smile on their faces. Following his entry into hospitality, he held service and managerial roles at Capers Catering and Bambolina restaurant before moving into business development at Boston Document Systems and Mayflower Venues, a company that helps couples find unique wedding venues. As our Director of Business Development, Kevin helps food, beverage and cannabis businesses find the perfect marriage with Eat Drink Media Group. With over a decade of customer interaction, Kevin has mastered the qualities needed to thrive in his role, like strong communication skills, attentiveness and empathy – to name a few. Kevin loves connecting with local business owners and learning about their business and marketing goals. Let him walk you through our menu of services and tell you about our specials!
Ever since his dad brought home a Sylvania VHS Camcorder back in 1987, Nick has loved filmmaking. While it wasn’t the JVC GR-C1 that Doc had in Back To The Future, his dad’s new toy allowed him to recreate scenes from the movie using his Legos and a cast iron Transformer he used as the Delorean. Fast forward to 2020, and Nick has grown to become an accomplished videographer and editor, who still plays with Legos. Nick’s work is expansive, from music videos and commercials to feature length documentaries and live events. He has produced, directed, filmed and edited video content for a wide range of clients from start up to Fortune 500, including recent projects for Goethe Institut Boston, The Coolidge Corner Theatre, and Revolutionary Clinics. Nick is a well organized problem solver who will stop at nothing to tell a compelling story visually. As Doc once said, you’re gonna see some serious s**t.
Print Producer/Traffic Manager
As a third generation print professional, Vicki was born with ink in her blood. For over 25 years, she has brought her innate knowledge, creativity and resourcefulness to help clients such as Nantucket Nectars, D’Angelo, TJX and Staples identify and execute the right print and packaging solutions for their concepts and budgets. Recent projects include packaging for Compound Genetics’ artisan seeds and the complete product roll out for Ask Jane, a “club” for girls experiencing puberty. With her strong project management skills, Vicki also serves as our traffic manager, developing work schedules and helping everyone stay on track to meet deadlines. In addition to her consumer brand experience, Vicki has also worked in the political arena, executing hundreds of millions of direct mail mailings for the candidates and causes she believes in. In fact, this year she helped manage the Biden for President DM program, driving his victory in eight states!