Did you forget to buy something special for your old man this Father's Day? Well, we have the last minute answers for you. Whether your dad is a chef, overall food lover or needs a little help in the kitchen, we have the perfect gift for him. We have compiled ten cool culinary gifts from coast-to-coast that might appeal to your dad depending on where on the "foodie" spectrum he falls.
This one is for the dad that has that bar flair and loves to play mixologist at any party! The Vine Arts cocktail of the month club will set him up for crowd-pleasing cocktail success. Subscribers will receive a new box each month with all the ingredients to make a tasty cocktail along with the recipe to follow. This is a great way to build dad’s back bar and to discover great new drinks!
As a bonus for being one of our first 50 to sign up, we’ll be including a set of two beautiful rocks glasses from our friends at Fifth & Vermouth, a $24 value. Members will also get 10 per cent off at Fifthandvermouth.com to help stock up their bar tools & glassware.
$75.00 monthly (Can purchase multiple months)
For the dad who likes to cook, but his skills could use a little bit of sharpening up, this is a great class to take together and to learn some proper knife skills and increase your kitchen confidence. With this class, you will learn to hold a knife properly, develop speed, increase precision and learn to enjoy your time in the kitchen. Knifewear covers knife safety and care, knife motion, choosing a knife, knife shapes and uses, common veggies and fruit, and classic cuts. You will become a slicing and dicing machine . . .with enough practice. Locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver.
$60 per person
For the vegan dad, or for the vegan kid trying to show Dad what it's all about! The Vancouver Vegan Food Tour brings you through Vancouver’s Gastown guided by one of Vancouver’s in the know foodies and enjoy a multi-course vegan lunch. Stops could include one of Vancouver’s best pizza spots, vegan or not, a veggie-filled bowl with locally-made tempeh and kombucha, and perhaps dairy free gelato! All stops have a beverage pairing too. This vegan tour is enjoyable for non-vegans too, and has nearly converted a few.
$80 per person
For the dad who needs a little inspiration in the kitchen, or you’re just getting tired of eating pasta whenever Mom is out of town, this is a great way to shake things up! Each monthly CHEF'S BOX™ is organized around a theme and includes five to 8 full-sized artisan food products from emerging Canadian makers, as well as recipes and cooking tips from a top Canadian tastemaker. It's kitchen inspiration, delivered straight to your mailbox.
$55 for one month (Choose from various subscription plans)
For the self-proclaimed grill master, this celebration of barbecue culture as a true art form is the perfect day trip for you and Pops. From June 17th to 19th, you and Dad can reap the delicious benefits of the two-day showdown as some of Canada's best chefs compete for the title of top griller. Plus you can grab a cold one with Dad as there’s beer garden on-site to wash all that meat down.
Free admission event.
For the wino dad, spend the day sipping away in the beautiful Okanagan! You will be visiting four to five wineries on your tour. Take a journey through some of the Okanagan’s best wine tours, such as the Kelowna’s Lakeshore and Fab Five Trail, The West Kelowna Wine Trail, Bottleneck Drive in Summerland, The Naramata Bench, Lake Country Scenic Sips and beyond. Uncorked offers a broad experience, not just the iconic wineries, but also the hidden gems and boutique wineries on each route.
$150 per person
Spend the night in with Dad and cook from the comfort of your own home and Skype a chef into your kitchen. This reinvents the night in with a video call from a chef from around the world. Experience authentic cuisine with the help from chefs from Rome, Tokyo, New Orleans, Budapest and more. Transport your kitchen and master an awesome meal. This is great for those with a travel bug that hasn’t booked a plane ticket yet, or those who just want to learn the most authentic version of a favourite dish. This is a great way to travel the world in your own kitchen and bond with Dad a the same time!
$299 for two (An additional guest is $50 if Mom or a sibling want to join in)
Why take Dad for a lobster dinner when you can catch it yourself? Great for the sea lover or the outdoorsman! Smell the salt air, feel the gentle breeze against your face, enjoy the thrill of taking a lobster right out of a trap, and savour the experience of a traditional Prince Edward Island lobster supper while aboard the 45-foot fishing boat Top Notch. This is something that Dad will surely never forget.
$85 per person
For the beer lover and history buff, this workshop at Calgary’s Heritage Park gives the chance to learn how to make beer and participate in the brewing process from start to finish. You’ll be guided by professional brewmasters and earn amateur brewmaster status yourself. During this hands-on, two-and-a-half-hour session, you’ll mill, mash, sparge, boil, cool, pitch, ferment and package your way to hand-crafted beer greatness with the expertise of a Calgary brewery. A small snack and samples of the type of beer that you are brewing will be provided at the event. Eight weeks later, you’re invited to return to Heritage Park and pick up a bottle of your very own craft beer creation.
$95 per person (tickets are non-refundable)
Donate to Mealshare or another Canadian food-based charity in your dad's name
For the dad that has it all, why not give to someone else? There is no better gift than giving. Mealshare is a charity on a mission to end hunger. Their greatest dream is to end youth hungry in our world. Malnutrition among kids dropped 25 per cent in the last 15 years., so they are on the right track, and they want Mealshare to enable and inspire millions of people to join the fight to end youth hunger. Mealshare partners with restaurants, and places our logo next to a few menu items. When a customer orders a Mealshare item, they get their meal, just like normal. And, we also provide one meal to someone in need! Buy one, give one: it's that simple! Take Dad out for a dinner and order a few Mealshare items or simply donate directly to the cause.