Getting a family or group of friends around the table for dinner can be an adventure itself; but if you’re ever in the mood for a fun dinnertime activity that can involve a number of people, check out Kitchen Table Passport.
It’s a new Austin-based company that mails out boxes with info cards, mementos, spices and a recipe from a certain country. The package is full of surprises, from the QR code that leads you to a playlist online to the conversation-prompting questions on the cards, such as “What’s the most amazing night sky you’ve ever seen?” on a card about the northern lights in Sweden.
I tested that Sweden box with my own elementary-age kids and two of their friends. The older ones got into the trivia, but the little ones liked to be in charge of picking the card with the next question for the table. Everybody ate the meatballs, spiced with a small packet that included freshly ground pepper, cardamom and nutmeg.
There are four versions of the package, from a discovery package with just the information cards to the more expensive ones that include spices, recipes and small mementos from the country. The price starts at $9.95 per month, and all the prices include shipping in the U.S.
You can find out more, including how to order a one-off box to try the service, at kitchentablepassport.com.