Monday, April 22, 2013

April Quarterly Co. Food52

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 anywhere from $25-$100 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.  This is my fourth box from Amanda Hesser and Merril Stubbs creators of Food 52.  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. 

Price: It used to be all subscriptions were $25.  Now there have different price points.  I'm curious about some of the others but not curious enough to risk $100


My Food52 treasures.

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

7oz. Fermin Salchichon Iberico dry cured sausage Value = $16.00

50 pack My Drap Linen Cocktail Napkins in sky blue. Value = $27.00

The value of this box is $43.00.  I love getting specialty foods in boxes. Iberico pigs seem to be gaining popularity so we might be seeing a lot of this floating around the specialty food boxes which is just fine by me! I can't wait to try it. Also I have been wanting to try the napkins but up until I received this box I had no idea they were washable and reusable. This makes them even better. I wonder how many times you can wash them before they get worn out?

Verdict: I really enjoyed this quarters box!
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