Monday, December 29, 2014

Quarterly Co. Chef Ludo Lefebrve #LLQ02

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. This box is from Chef Ludo Lefebvre who is often credit for revolutionizing fine dining in Los Angeles. Before the age of 30, Ludo had been named one of the World's 50 Greatest Chefs by Relais & Chateaux. I love food and cooking so this box sounded like it would be a great match for me. Sounded perfect for me. The cost of this box is $50.00 per quarter with shipping included.

Price $50 every 3 months. Option to purchase a one time box available for $50 plus $8 shipping.

This is available in the US only and ships from El Dorado Hills, Ca - although the box says it's packed in Los Angeles. 

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. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

1.10 oz. Ludo Lefebrve Spices Pain D'Epices. Value = $??

Famille Michaud Le Grand Miel (honey). Value = $6.60?

4 small paper loaf pans. Value = $0.75/ea.

Sambonet 12 piece set of party forks. Value = $40.00

Maison Metallo Valuspa Cinnamon Ceyeon & Copal Candle Value = $18.00

Chef Ludo's Recipe for Pain D' Epices (fruit cake)

Chef Ludo's Recipe for Burgundy Escargots. 

The approximate value of this box is $67.60. I was unable to find the exact set of party forks online as the ones in the box. The ones I found came in a nice reusable looking gift box. I also had a hard time finding the honey. I found a price but it seemed low to me and of course it's imported so I didn't include shipping. I absolutely love the little paper loaf pans. I love all the paper baking goods. I don't know why but I just think they are so fun. I also was unable to find the spice mix online, maybe it's something that is coming in the future to his shop. 
I am definitely going to try Ludo's version of fruit cake. I think people will be more receptive if I call it Pain D'Epices rather than fruit cake. As for the escargot - I actually don't mind escargot but I don't know of any place where I can buy snails.

Verdict: I'm liking this box more and more. I'm also really enjoying the included recipes. I think those are awesome!

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  1. Interesting...I'd like to hear how the fruitcake turns out! I hate it, but I've never had it homemade.

    1. It wasn't horrible I have to say. I wasn't able to make it exactly as the recipe though because I could not find candied fruit anywhere. I thought with the holidays it would be easy but I guess American's aversion to fruitcake stretches far and wide. I ended up doubling the raisins to make up for the missing fruit which made it super moist.