This weekend, we celebrate Father's Day.
Since 1910, in North America, Father's Day has been celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June. Since the Middle Ages, catholics in Europe have celebrated St. Joseph's day on the 19th of March.
"Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad." - Anne Geddes
The idea of what a Father figure is, has been fluid over the decades. Whether you have children (as a biological dad or not), are a mentor, or have pets (that you call your children - no judgement here) thank you for engaging in their lives and being a positive influence in these very challenging times.
In the food world, Father's Day is typically associated with BBQ. I think men gravitate to BBQ because of 2 things: 1) Fire; 2) No Dishes. Lol. Additionally, it happens at the cusp of the official start of Summer so being outdoors in nice weather to cook dinner is a treat! As we are allowed to open our collective Covid-19 "bubbles" to allow more family and friends into our lives, Father's Day gives us a reason to safely gather. (using social distancing, and whatever protocols are required).
Whether you're making hot dogs, burgers, veggies, steaks, chops, ribs or fruits (yes, bbq'd pineapple or peaches are AMAZING!) we celebrate you, Dad!
For gift ideas, don't overthink things. A heartfelt card goes a long way. (especially if it is homemade) If he's a foodie, then consider our spice blends, a good olive oil, a nice knife or wooden cutting board. If he's an outdoorsy guy, pick a trail to hike together, a lake or river to canoe/kayak, or a fishing location to spend the day. The important thing is to spend time together.
Whether it is father's day or not, these times spent together become the memories you share throughout your life. As the Covid-19 restrictions begin to lift, you can spend time with an expanded group of family and friends and celebrate our "Dads".