Father's Day 2014: A Gift Guide For Your Food-Loving Father
Here are five gift ideas for the culinary-loving father.
Dad's big day is just around the corner and the last thing you want to do is put off getting a gift till the last minute because we all know how that will end -- with you gifting him yet another tie.
This year why not give dad the gift of something delicious and local. Sounds good right? And if you don't know where to start your search, don't worry. We gathered a few ideas that will keep your pops well-fed and feeling appreciated until at least Christmas.
Sriracha and Black Truffle Sea Salts
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Sriracha Sea Salt go lb. salt $10/2 oz.
We're down to try putting Sriracha on just about everything once and if you're dad's the same way, then make sure he's armed with local salt company go lb. salt's newest product, Sriracha sea salt. It's available online or at the Gilbert Farmers' Market and the Fountain Hills' Farmers' Market and costs $10 for a 2-ounce jar. You can also stock up his spice cabinet with their other products including black truffle sea salt, spiced sugars, and peppercorns. If you order online you can also score free shipping on a purchase of $65 or more with the code FREESHIP65.
If dad's not a great chef yet, help him out!
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Cooking Class at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School Price varies by class
Even if you're dad isn't the best cook right now, it doesn't mean it has to stay that way forever. Sweet Basil in Scottsdale offers a full schedule of cooking courses that will be perfect jumping off points for dad's adventures in the kitchen. A few ideas include courses on pizza making (Saturday, July 5/$55), indoor grilling (Wednesday, July 16/$55), and cooking with beer (Saturday, July 26/$55). There are also classes available for couples, which cost $150 per pair. You can view the complete schedule online.
Let dad go crazy at Hobe Meats.
Gift Card to Hobe Meats Hobe Meats
If dad's a grill fanatic why not give him something excellent to show off with. Since 1962, Hobe Meats in Phoenix has been offering high quality meat products in traditional butcher-shop style. You can find everything from short ribs to rump roast at this shop, as well as pork cuts, fresh chicken, all natural pet food, and even a whole line of marinades and sauces. You can buy a gift card in any denomination you like and let dad shop to his heart's desire. Just make sure he shares his culinary creation.
Arizona Distilling Co. sells three spirits, the Desert Durum Wheat Whiskey, Copper City Bourbon and Desert Origin Gin, but have a few more they are planning to release soon.
Local-Made Craft Spirits Arizona Distilling Company
For dad's who like to throw back a drink or two on the weekend, Arizona Distilling Company offers a line of locally-made craft spirits distilled right here in Tempe. Their most well-known offerings will be the Copper City Bourbon, which was the first legally distilled spirit in Arizona since Prohibition. In addition to offering a taste of Arizona history you can guarantee dad's in for a good drink. The bourbon is smooth thanks to the cold distilling process used in its production and offers flavors of vanilla, clove, and cinnamon. If you purchase it at the Tempe distillery you can get your bottle wax sealed. You can also find Arizona Distilling Company spirits at Tops, Sun Devil Liquors, and Gilbert Convenient Mart.
Help dad explore the local beer scene.
HOP'on Arizona Brewery Tour Arizona Brewery Tour $89 per person
So dad likes beer, eh? Well that doesn't necessarily mean he's in-the-know when it comes to the local craft beer scene. Arizona Brewery Tours can help with that through their brewery tours that stop at three breweries in 4 and a half to five hours. During the tours guests will learn about the beer making process, types of beer, the breweries, and more. The tour also includes about 15 to 18 beer samples (or about 6 to 7 beers) as well as a meal. Each of the HOP'on tours is limited to 13 people and run Wednesday through Sunday. You can register online.
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