How did The Foodies Larder come about?
When we first met, Alejandra and I could barely speak each other’s languages. We got to know each other through food. Both of us have a real love of cooking and we enjoy nothing more than whiling away the hours together in the kitchen. It was this passion for cuisine that set us thinking about business. Sharing food is a core part of Spanish culture and we loved the idea of sharing our knowledge and experiences. We were conscious, not only that the Mediterranean diet was becoming more popular in Britain, but also that many of the best ingredients were hard to come by. As everyone who’s holidayed in Spain will know, there’s so much more to Spanish cuisine than you see in UK supermarkets and tapas menus. So we formulated a service that would introduce people to new tastes and flavours from around Spain, without them having to spend hours researching and sourcing individual products. And that’s how we arrived at our concept – a place where you’ll find your favourite foods, as well as all manner of tasty goodies and scrumptious delicacies.… a foodies’ larder no less!
How does the scheme work?
A ‘Foodies Hamper’ subscription provides a steady supply of delicious natural food and ingredients from around Spain. Subscribers receive a fresh selection of gourmet products every month – each different from the last, and each based on the season. There’s always something new to try and we provide tasting notes with each delivery as well as publishing recipes on our site, with suggestions on how to use the ingredients. We want our customers to be able to enjoy their Spanish food in the best and most traditional ways. Members can choose between a rolling monthly plan and pre-pay terms of 3 or 6 months. Sign up any time before the end of the month and you will be subscribed for the following month’s hamper. Simple. For people wanting to surprise a friend or relative, we also offer a gift subscription. This has proven surprisingly popular… maybe because it’s a bit like having a birthday every month!
What sort of products does each hamper contain?
All of our items are sourced from artisan producers from around Spain. In most cases, their productions are so limited that they could never reach supermarket shelves. We focus on suppliers that develop high quality products with good nutritional value, using traditional and sustainable techniques. We’ve had everything from herb-infused organic olive oils, sherry vinegars and flavoured salt, to organic chocolate made with sea salt from Ibiza, salsas, pâtés, cheeses, jams, organic honeys and, of course, the all important jamón ibérico…plenty of variety thanks to the endless supply of great Spanish food.
How do you choose the products?
We spend our time travelling around the Spanish countryside. We visit organic markets, search out the best quality foods, and meet with local artisans and producers. Based in Andalusia in southern Spain, we are in one of the most ideal places to find some of the best products Spain has to offer, but of course we also make time for all of the other great regions: Catalonia, Asturias, Galicia, Extremadura, Cantabria and Valencia to name but a few.
If you’re interested to hear more from us and more about our trips and discoveries, we’ll be posting to our blog and you can also get to know us by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.
We are not currently taking any new subscriptions. Apologies for any inconvenience.