Saturday, May 3, 2014

Quarterly Co. Food52 #F5208

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 $50-$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 Merrill 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 cost of this box is $50.00 per quarter with shipping included.

This is available in the US only and ships from El Dorado Hills, Ca 

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 they are $50-$100. I saw a picture of the box from Nina Garcia which is $100 and it had some fabulous stuff in it and well over $100 worth.

Quarterly Food52 Box #8

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

12 Soup Socks and 12 Herb Sachets. Value = $20.00

2 oz. jar Sel D'Antibes by Eric Ripert and La Boite. Value = $15.00

Vintage white metal soup spoon. Value = $5.00??

Allegheny Treeware wood spoon rest. Value = $8.00

The value of this box is $48.00. I was a little underwhelmed with this box with the exception of the salt. Eric Ripert is an amazing chef and I can only imagine he created a fantastic salt. The spoon rest is gorgeous but I have two on my stove already. I guess I could get rid of the plain black one I have and use this pretty wood one. It would also make a nice gift. That brings me to the soup spoon. I have so many spoons in my kitchen drawers it's almost ridiculous. This white spoon matches absolutely nothing I have but paired with the spoon rest it would be a great gift. I've actually been wanting to get some muslin bags but not for soup. I have a french lavender plant in my side yard that is huge! I bought it when it was 1 gallon and planted it to attract bees for pollination and because I wanted to help the dwindling bee community. I never imagined the thing would get so big. I trimmed it way down a couple of weeks ago but was thinking I should save the flowers and put then in little muslin bags. In addition to using these for soup flavoring I might use some for lavender scent sachets. Soup Socks? I've seen them but never used them. I don't make my own stock but I should. Actually let me take that back I do make my own shrimp stock but that's really simple. The hardest part is collection enough shrimp shells. The next time I roast a chicken or a bone in roast I'm going to make an effort to save the parts and use my new stock socks and made a stock. It has to be better than store bought right?

Verdict: This is a break even box but if you like kitchen items it's a fun box. 

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