My first ever blog, it fills me with a bit of dread really, but I am also very excited to finally be putting into action my idea about getting all the things I love to eat and drink, in a box and sent out to our customers.
It was nine years ago that we first opened the doors to the original Cullenders Delicatessen in a derelict Victorian corner shop in Surrey. In those eight years we have moved site three times, had two children, got a dog called Martha and moved house….. but I digress.
This blog is going to be about all things food and drink related as it is a huge part of our lives and we literally eat, sleep and breath it, however we might go off on random tangents talking about other things that have caught our attention.
November sees our first boxes being packed up for our new members and it promises to be a corker, whichever box you go for.
The deli box is perfect to settle down with and feast on in these colder, darker evenings. The wine is a fantastic Italian white, Gavi de Gavi with fresh zesty lemon notes with ripe peach flavours. Whilst this is chilling in the fridge enjoy a couple of bottles of local beers from Reigate based Crumbs Brewery who use local bakery Chalk Hills leftover bread to make their beer. I know what you’re thinking I want a salty snack (I know I am) well you’ve got a pack of the Brindisa cocktail snack mix, we’ve stocked these since day one and a pack always sneaks itself home most Friday evenings. Following on from dinner why not then delve back into the Cullenders Club Deli Box and enjoy some sumptous cheeses straight from the Cullenders cheese counter. Picos Blue from Spain, a mix of cow and ewe’s milk, sweet and sharp and to contrast, a piece of Pont L’eveque, a creamy french one that is the perfect match with your box this month. Finally, for the sweet tooth, on a recent trade show visit we discovered Kernow Chocolates from Cornwall. They come in a eclectic range from Eton Mess to Bakewell Tart as well as sticking with the traditional dark and milk chocolate.
We have kicked off The Cullenders Club Gin box with a personal favourite of ours, made a few miles down the road in Dorking not far from Reigate is Gutsy Monkey Winter Gin, With it’s stunningly designed bottle that let’s face it is far too beautiful to put in the recycling, Gutsy Monkey gin is rich, full bodied with citrus notes to taste especially when matched with a rosemary tonic and a pack of gorgeous olives from Olives et al. Open, pour and be happy.
Well thats the first of many rambles done, thanks for reading and if you haven’t already, #jointheclub #cullendersclub #whatsinyourbox?
Marc & Joelle