Father’s Day is coming right up! Still looking for that perfect gift? If your dad is chief foodie in your house and secretly dreams about having his own show on the Food Network, here are some great ideas he’ll love!
For the Wolfgang Puck fanman who loves all things elegant, these Nachtmann Highland Tumblers are made of cut crystal and come in gorgeous retro shades, which each have a slightly different pattern. Reseda is a gentle green, while Aqua looks like something Don Draper would have been quite comfortable drinking from.
For the aspiring Guy Fieri: If your father has never met a diner (drive-in, or dive) he didn’t like, he’ll love the jerky from Chef’s Cut Real Jerky which comes in creative flavors including Chipotle Cracked Pepper. Sadly, their Bacon Bouquets are sold out, but they’re a great idea for next year!
For the wannabe Jamie Oliver: Like the famous Brit, your dad tries to eat only natural and healthy things. Help him out by customizing some yummy granola for him from Bear Naked. You start with a granola base, and then can choose from over 50 different chef-inspired ingredients (jalapeño chocolate chip, anyone?). You can even custom name each batch!
For the Anthony Bourdain doppelganger: If your Pops is always heading to parts unknown, he’ll get a huge kick out of the new FoodSaver GameSaver Wingman GM2150 Food Preservation System. Whether he only eats what he grows or catches, or spends months marinating steaks, this cool camouflage print food saving device will allow dad to seal and save his greatest culinary creations!
Is your dad as sharp tongued as Gordon Ramsay? Well, he’s going to love these Skandia Vivid Carbon Steak Knives which aren’t only masterful tools of the trade, but also come packed beautifully in a wooden box.
Does your father worship at the altar of Mario Batali? Well, then it’s time to give him the Ball freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker, which can puree up to 15 quarts of fresh tomatoes in just a few minutes. (It’s addicting, so make sure to use only the amount of tomatoes you actually need!) He can also make salsas and dips. And in case you’re wondering what he’ll do with all that yummy sauce, Ball has a new collection of Elite Color Series jars – blue glass jars in three never-before-released sizes. Each jar is made in the USA, and is safe for canning and food storage (my favorite are the adorable half pint 8 oz. jars).
Does your father dream of owning a burger palace like Bobby Flay? I’ll bet he’d love a burger made with bison from Durham Ranch in Wyoming instead of plain old beef. Bison meat is greater in protein and nutrients than beef, with less cholesterol and fat. Yum!
If your father prefers his treats with European flair like Jacques Pepin, he’ll love a gift platter from The Charcuterie Shack – choose from international treats including truffle salami, hot chorizo, and serrano ham. If he prefers his delights more regional, Harry & David recently launched four new regionally-inspired baskets. The New York City Basket has Harry & David NY-style cheesecake, chocolate covered espresso beans, Harry & David tiramisu-flavored coffee, and Wolferman’s chocolate babka. The San Francisco Basket includes Harry & David cheddar corn chowder soup mix, Harry & David seafood rub, sourdough loaf, and habanero pineapple seafood glaze. The best part is, Harry & David is donating 20 percent of the net proceeds from the basket sales to: Food Bank For New York City, SF-Marin Food Bank, Central Texas Food Bank, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
If your father favors gumbo and sauces like Emeril Lagasse, chances are good that he’ll need everything in his kitchen to be as splash-proof as possible. Behold! The JBL Pulse 2 is not only safe from your father’s messiest masterpieces, but it will also put on a customized light display that synchronizes with the music he’s listening to. A nice way to add a little mood music to the process!