We truly live in incredible times. It has never been easier to order more types of foods in more ingenious ways than at this very moment. Entrepreneurship in the food industry has simply exploded, and now includes concepts like ghost kitchens and make-at-home-kits, while enterprising chefs have launched Tik Tok videos, YouTube channels, MasterClass sessions, and Zoom lessons.
The food world was already seeing massive shifts and changes before the pandemic, and Covid simply exacerbated things, forcing chefs, restaurateurs and even farmers to get more creative with their products.
That’s where subscription services come in. Today, it’s possible to have weekly, monthly, or seasonally delivered goodies from around the globe. You can now subscribe to sustainably sourced coffee companies, environmentally friendly fisheries, or even free-range wagyu ranches. You can get a monthly dessert or a weekly healthy meal. Caviar? Of course. Wine? Obviously. Ice cream? You know it.
These are some of the most interesting and mouthwatering food subscription services you can order today.
For the herbivores
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Girl & Dug has one of the most interesting (and healthy) produce packages of any subscription service. Have you heard of oca? Or ice plants? How about pichuberries? Every box is packed with loads of fascinating veggies, tons of herbs, edible flowers, and so much more. Start making the salads of your dreams and subscribe in instalments of one, two, three, or four weeks at a time (you can alter or cancel at any time for no fees), and subscribers always get extra surprise goodies and free overnight shipping.
For the carnivores
If you’re going to get meat in the mail, you should think about getting the best. What is the best? Take three friends in New Zealand who wanted to get Japanese-quality wagyu in sustainable, environmentally friendly ways – mix in endless farmland and the Kiwi’s best cows – and the result is First Light Steak Club. The meats from First Light are beautifully marbled, not over-farmed, free of antibiotics, and filled with deliciousness. Because of their quality standards, there’s a waiting list for the club. But if you sign up here, you’ll eventually get an invitation to receive a monthly box filled with succulent New York strips, tasty tenderloins, ruby red ribeye’s, and much more.
For the pescatarians
For the seafood lover in your life, consider a subscription to OceanBox. When you sign up for this fishy feast, you can pick your frequency of shipments and select specific cuts of different fish. Choices range from king salmon and sea scallops, to yellowfin tuna and red snapper. OceanBox also promises sustainable fishing methods, environmentally friendly packaging, and a longer shelf life to guarantee freshness.
For the caffeine addicts
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Blue Bottle Coffee has a wanderlusting proposition: travel the world through coffee every two weeks. The Blue Bottle team finds the highest-quality coffees from producers around the globe, where this month you could be sipping Ethiopian blends with notes of strawberry, while next month you could wake up in Burundi with hints of caramel. Either way, you can pick and choose based on flavour profiles, quantities, and more to get your coffee fix just the way you like it.
For the cheese mongers
If you’re a cheese fiend, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Murray’s. The nationally-renowned dairy purveyor is known to source some of the stinkiest, gooiest, and longest-aged cheeses around. When you join Murray’s cheese of the month clubs, you get a rotating collection of the finest and most interesting cheeses in their collection. There are five different clubs to choose for any dairy palate. Shipping is free and maximum ripeness is guaranteed.
For the fanciest friends
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Caviar is undeniably having a moment. With the world shut down, and diners looking for ways to spend their disposable income on things other than fancy restaurants and travel, they turned to at-home indulgences like caviar. The Caviar Co. has taken that trend to another level with their Caviar Club. In the basic tier, you’ll receive quarterly or semi-annual shipments, while upper tiers come with added perks like mother-of-pearl serving accessories. Each shipment is guaranteed to include at least two premium black caviars.
For the plant-based crowd
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For vegans who don’t have time to chop, Veestro is the subscription service that promises easy, healthy convenience. Pre-cooked, plant-based meals are brought right to your door and all you have to do is re-heat. Every dietary preference is considered, whether you’re gluten free, have a nut allergy, or just want to lose some weight. There are a variety of subscriptions that you can tailor to your planet-saving desires.
For the undecided
With so many choices at your fingertips, it can be nearly impossible to decide what to order. Goldbelly is here to offer you everything at once (maybe that makes the decision harder – but that’s up to you). The company claims to bring you curated products from restaurants all over America and get it to your door. That includes a bevy of subscription services that come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, you can order a monthly Los Angeles subscription that will feature LA-based businesses. Or you can order the Best of Goldbelly, which is a curated mix of bakers, butchers, and artisans from across the country. There’s truly something for everyone, so happy shopping and eating.
For the sweet tooth
You can never have too much ice cream, and Jeni’s Pint Club is here to prove it. One of the best ice cream scoopers in the country, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has a Pint Club with three, six or 12-month subscription options. Every month, a curated and eclectic mix of frozen flavours will be dropped at your door and allow you to indulge in your sweetest cravings.
For the oenophiles
Looking to travel the world through wine? This might be the perfect subscription for you. From the enterprising minds at Verve Wine comes The Grand Tour club. Each month, four wines are delivered to your door and are based on different regions around the globe. The wines will highlight what’s best about that region and the club will share in the stories of the producers and the place they’re coming from. Of course, it can’t replace getting on a plane and experiencing it for yourself, but it is rather pandemic proof.
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