Friday, July 19, 2013

July 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.  Amanda Hesser and Merril Stubbs are the 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.

The ash cutting board.

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Nudo Lemon Olive Oil. Value $10.00

Jacobsen Sea Salt from Netarts Bay, Oregon. Value = $10.00

Boards by Joel Ash cutting board. Value = $20.00

The value of this box is $40.00.  The cutting board is absolutely gorgeous!  On my vacation in June I went to Oregon and was about an hour away from Netarts Bay. I was excited when I saw the sea salt was from there. I actually have tons of sea salt right now but that's ok I will use it eventually. I'm always up for getting olive oil. We use it frequently for dressings, caprese salad and dipping. 

Verdict: I really enjoyed this box!

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