Dads don’t have to be difficult to shop for on Father’s Day; in fact, if they happen to be food and wine enthusiasts, it’s might be hard to narrow down the choices.
Here are a few suggestions for the father with good taste in your life.
Meat your maker
Flowers are fine, but why not swap florals for food with a Meat Bouquet from Hofstede’s Country Barn in Chilliwack? Pepperoni sticks, salami, and cheese cut-outs are arranged to resemble a blooming bouquet ($18.99; order online at hofstedes.ca/).
Here’s to dad
Toast him with excellent wine, like Hope Family Wines' Austin Hope 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. The first premium offering to come out of California’s Paso Robles, a bucolic region 175 kilometres southwest of Fresno and less than 30 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean, it’s 100-percent sustainable (through the Sustainability in Practice certification program launched by the state’s Central Coast Vineyard Team). Dark ruby in colour, with a flavour profile of cherry, blackberry, vanilla, and brown butter, it’s luxurious and bold. Find it at BC Liquor Stores for $69.99. Austin Hope’s own serving suggestion: coffee-rubbed ribeye steak with grilled marinated artichokes.
Another option for your wine-loving father: Ypsilon from Italy’s Tenuta di Castellaro. Slow Wine-certified, the winery is located on the windy, warm isle of Lipari off the coast of Sicily. The certified organic wine takes its name from the 20th letter of the Greek alphabet: this is the shape that the islands of the UNESCO-protected Aeolian archipelago form when seen from above. A blend of Corinto Nero, Nero d’Avola, and Alicante grapes, the purplish wine (new to Vancouver) is fresh and bright. Fresh pasta or grilled chicken would go nicely with it. Find it at BC Liquor Stores for $35.99.
Take him for a nice lunch
If you've been wanting to dine at Hawksworth Restaurant but your wallet has suggested otherwise, check out its new Three-course Lunch 20.20. Available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., it includes grilled rapini salad, Mediterranean seafood soup (with branzino, mussel, and more in a white-wine-seafood-saffron broth), and citrus posset with lemon gelée raspberry sorbet (all for $20.20 per person).
Think inside the box
For a deluxe DIY restaurant-style dinner, check out Black & Blue’s Barbecue at Home Kit for eight. It comes with a 32-ounce Canadian prime porterhouse, 18-ounce bacon-wrapped tenderloin medallions, 16-ounce sweet-soy marinated pork belly with pineapple; 16-ounce boneless jerk chicken skewers; eight tandoori jumbo tiger prawns skewers; and four house-made farmer’s sausages along with classic potato salad, steakhouse Caesar salad, two spice rubs, charred lemon, chimichurri, and grainy mustard. ($180; see here for more info and pick up on June 20.)
Under the guidance of new head chef Jesse Zuber, Cibo Trattoria has launched its Cibo Summer BBQ Box for four. Complete with grilling tips and a tea towel, it comes with two marinated two 10-ounce AAA 38-day dry-aged ribeye steaks in an Italian marinade; four side-stripe prawn skewers; an antipasto platter with marinated olives, Sicilian artichokes, bocconcini-stuffed organic sweet peppers, and ore; an in-house charcuterie selection; Mediterranean potato salad; and a loaf of house-made ciabatta. Order 48 hours in advance for the box, $200, at via cibotrattoria.com/take-out.
The Parlour in Yaletown is packaging dinner and drinks for four with its Surf & Turf BBQ Father's Day Kit. Inside: J.P Wiser’s Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail; 45-day aged grass-fed bone-in ribeye steak; steelhead salmon; grilled potatoes; asparagus and oyster mushrooms; and more. It’s $129; be quick: you need to order by Wednesday night (June 17) for Saturday pick-up. See here.
Chef Sean Reeve of the Mackenzie Room and Say Mercy! is helming Collective Hospitality’s new Collective Goods, “the Take Home Meal Company”. For Father’s Day, check out Reeve’s Dry-aged Bone-in Ribeye Kit. The make-at-home meal for four includes cognac-and-green-peppercorn sauce, loaded potatoes, roast mushrooms, buttery broccoli puree, and strawberry shortcake with white chocolate Chantilly. It goes for $195, with the option of throwing in a bottle of premium, full-bodied Red Gold from Lillooet-based Fort Berens Winery ($85) or a Werewolf in Vancouver Cocktail Kit ($30 for three drinks). (Kits will be delivered on June 20. Order at www.collectivegoods.ca/.)
Wine and dine
B.C.’s Road 13 Vineyards is partnering with Earls Kitchen + Bar to offer 50 percent off a bottle of its 2017 Syrah when you order take-out. The wine (which has blackberry-cherry flavours and hints of vanilla and dark chocolate) is going for $34.99 (the same price you'd pay at the Oliver winery). Pair that with the Earls Protein Pack from Earls at Home for a full-meal deal. The pack comes with two full racks of baby back ribs; six Angus chuck burger patties, ready to throw on the grill; four salmon filets; and four eight-ounce sirloins. It’s $110, with a 20 percent discount for pick-up.
Castoro de Oro Estate Winery in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country is the first South Okanagan winery to produce wine-in-a-can using 100 percent B.C. grapes. There are three to choose from: Heart of Gold (white blend), Pinot Duetto Rosé, and Merlot. The single-serve, lightweight cans are perfect for places where it’s no longer prohibited to consume alcohol in parks. They go for $8.99 each, including taxes and deposits. See the website to find out where to purchase.
Make him scream
We all scream for ice cream, right? Check out Glenburn Soda Fountain’s Build Your Own Sundae Box. Choose a house-made sauce (like hot fudge or blueberry), two ice creams (maybe Coffee Crunch and Orange Smoothie or Cookies & Cream and Strawberry); up to three toppings (rainbow sprinkles, crushed pretzels, chopped salted almonds, toffee chips, cherries, and so on); and chill out this Father’s Day. ($25 to $27; curbside pickup at the Burnaby Heights spot; order at www.glenburnsodashop.com/).