Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May Quarterly Co. Food 52

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  It's not a monthly adventure but it's quarterly.  The way it works is you pick a "contributor" you would like to receive a curated gift from pay $25 and every 3 months you will receive your item in the mail from them.  With each gift you receive the story behind it.  The curators consist of CEO's, authors, chefs, world travelers, business owners, etc.  I signed up a couple of months ago and decided to pick two curators.  The second one I picked was Amanda Hesser and Merril Stubbs creators of Food 52 and trustees of Awesome Food amongst many other things.  I very much enjoy cooking and experimenting with new ingredients and flavors.  The description of this service read: "The best home cooking is a blend of the practical and the inventive. Which may be why, as avid home cooks, we love objects with utility as much as those with great beauty. We’ll be sending you packages filled with nifty items for your kitchen and table—no superfluous gadgets or gewgaws but things you’ll want to use and display for decades, until your children attempt to snag them for their first kitchens."  Sounded perfect for me.

The good:

Variety: There are lots of different curators to choose from.

Something different: This is definitely different from other subscription companies

Commitment issues? Don't want to make a monthly commitment but still want a treasure?  You can get a quarterly treasure. 

The not so good:

Don't like waiting: If you don't like waiting this may be torture for you. 

Want more than you paid for: So far out of the 2 items I received it's been even as far as cost (not including shipping).  If you are looking for a bargain treasure this may not be for you. 

This truly is a surprise in the mail.  I signed up at the end of February.  My credit card was charged at the end of March and I received my package at the end of April.  I can see this as a plus and a minus.  It's kind of a bummer paying for something you don't receive for 5 weeks but then again it's a nice surprise.

The box came via USPS.  Inside the box was an envelope with a note inside and my item.  

This is the box my item came in.  The envelope has note from the curators.  Hmm, wonder what's wrapped in the tissue?  So exciting. 

My items were a lemon squeezer and an 8 oz jar of Bergamot Marmalade from June Taylor in Berkeley, CA.

I was very happy with his little treasure.  Surprising I didn't have a lemon press and I'm hoping my lemon tree is going to fruit this year so this will be perfect.  Food is always welcome in my house to the marmalade will definitely be used.  The lemon press is about $9 and the marmalade can be purchased online for $14 but shipping is $12!.  The value of the actual items is $24.  This is a dollar less than I paid but I will use both of these items and didn't have to pay for shipping so it's a good deal for me.   

Verdict: I like what the gals of Food 52 gave me so I'm keeping this one for another go round.    

**I pay for these boxes myself and not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Quarterly Co.

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