This Table Review - July 2016 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? This Table Gourmet Box 
How Much? $49/month, shipping included. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? A box filled with artisan food products, curated recipes, behind the scene stories, and kitchen tips.

This Table is a new Canadian subscription box, based in Victoria, BC. Each month, This Table sends a gourmet box filled with carefully curated artisan food products and accompanying recipes. The box also includes stories from the makers and expert kitchen tips. This Table also gives back. A portion of all proceeds is donated to Mercy Ships Canada and Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

We get pretty creative in our kitchen to come up with new and exciting meals for you to try, including vegetarian and gluten-free fares. The recipe cards are designed for you to use everything you find in your new package, and become inspired to make creations of your own!

Those familiar with Eat.Feed.Love Taste Club may recognize This Table. EFL used to be a collaboration with local Victoria shop Olive the Senses. When EFL moved operations to Los Angeles, the folks at Olive the Senses created This Table. I was a huge fan of EFL so I was very happy to hear that a similar box continues to ship from Victoria, BC!

The theme for July is "The Gourmet Picnic". This sheet includes two different meal plans - "Delicious Picnic for 4" and "Lunch in the Park for 2".

There are twelve 4x6 full colour recipe cards to match with the meal plans. To complement the recipes, the box includes a handful of artisan food products.

Jules & Kent Basil Pesto ($10)
This is a great classic pesto, but better! With almonds as its nutty base and both Parmesan and cottage cheeses, it's everything we love about basil pesto but with a slight delicious twist. Jules and Kent say that the usual comment they get is: "this is the best pesto I've ever tasted!"
This pesto mix is used in the recipes for Herby Potato Salad and Israeli Couscous Salad.

Olive the Senses Peranzana Extra Virgin Olive Oil (100ml, $7)
Peranzana is a type of olive and the oil is low-acid with balanced flavour. This neutral oil is used in many of the included recipes.

Olive the Senses Lemongrass Mint White Balsamic Vinegar (100ml, $7)
The aroma of this balsamic is mind-alteringly intense! Sweet, tangy lemongrass with the crisp scent of mint, it's soooo fresh and lively! There's something so very clean and energizing about this balsamic; it feels full of possibilities. Can you imagine this taste in a martini? Cocktail fusion of the 21st century!
This is used in the recipes for Nuoc Cham, Israeli Couscous Salad, and Honeydew Agua Fresca.  

Epices de Cru Ground Turkish Sumac ($9)
This can be used on so much, we actually love it on Mediterranean pasta salads! Or on Turkish donairs. Mmmmm. It gives meals a unique flavour that will keep your guests guessing and going for thirds!
Sumac is one of my favourite discoveries while I was in Turkey last year. It's so delicious, with a citrusy kick. I like to sprinkle it over meat, salad, and rice. I also toss it in raw onions to use in wraps and burgers. For our gourmet picnic, sumac is used in the recipes for Roasted Sammies, Herbed Focaccia, and Israeli Couscous Salad.

The Coffee Lab's hometown blend, as beautiful as the city for which it is named and roasted in. The perfect marriage of creativity and scientific sense, this medium roast coffee has a balanced acidity and a well rounded, full-bodied flavor. A great everyday blend.
For our picnic, coffee is used for Cold Brew Coffee and Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies. My boyfriend really enjoyed this java and would probably order again. 

The July box from This Table included five products, with a retail value of $38.50 Canadian. This box costs $49 Canadian, including shipping. The value is lower than the cost, but because shipping is included, this doesn't bother me. I love the concept of this box, and I always enjoy getting gourmet food products. I like that they tried to put together a theme with The Gourmet Picnic, but the theme seems confused. The menus include several dishes that don't really go together - Kettle Chips, Beet Humus, Sicilian Tapenade, and Vietnamese Spring Rolls are listed for the Lunch for 2. It would nice to see a more focused theme, with fewer recipes that all go together to create a cohesive meal, and really represent the food products included in the box. That critique aside, I did enjoy this box and I'm already planning on trying a few of the recipes.

Click here to check out This Table Gourmet Box.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.    


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