Father’s Day is coming up this weekend and he doesn’t need another tie! Here are some tasty ideas for local and long-distance dads:
If Your Dad Loves Bacon
Sign him up for a Bacon CSA. As a member of the Damn Fine Bacon Club, he can pick up a pound in Oakland or Alameda on the first Saturday of the month. Stephen Pocock started developing his recipe about 12 years ago: “I started out by settling on using hickory instead of the ubiquitous apple. It tastes more like the barbecue that I love and lends itself to more than what’s for breakfast. After that it was a mix and match of spices and seasoning.” He started Damn Fine Bacon about two years ago and the rest, as they say, is history. Can’t wait to taste it!
Three ($42), Six ($84) or Nine ($126) Months
If Your Dad is a Grill Master
Maricela Yee carefully curates a monthly collection of goodies from local artisans for her business Little Shop Artisan Box. I haven’t tried everything in this month’s Deconstructed BBQ Box, but Tina Tamale’s Salsa infused Tortilla Chips are tart, slightly spicy and mandatory at my next BBQ. This is what else comes in the large box: Obsessive Confection Disorder’s Watermelon Beer Caramels, Lucky Dog’s Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce, Boucherie Artisan Meats’ Dry Cured Chorizo Smoked Chile, Sal de Vida Gourmet’s Applewood Smoked Sea Salt, Hey Honey’s Honey Sweetened Lemonade. Order by Wed, 6/12 to ensure delivery by Father’s Day. And if you subscribe to the monthly service, you can get a free BBQ & hot sauce box.
If Your Dad Has a Sweet Tooth
Get the Sugar Knife Artisan Sweets’ Big Poppa Gift Box. I met owners Josh and Jenna a few months ago and after popping three types of marshmallows and some bourbon brittle (hello sugar high), I learned that the flavors were all interesting, complimentary and memorable. The Big Poppa Gift Box includes enough creative sweets to ruin dinner, and they’re all handcrafted in Oakland: Stout Daddy Beer Brittle (Guinness Stout & Peanuts), Big Poppa Beer Brittle (Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, Macadamias, Dried Tart Cherries, Chocolate Chips), “Blood and Sand” Whiskey Pops (Jameson Whiskey, Blood Orange Bitters, Tart Dried Cherries), Limited Edition Jingletown Marshmallows (Chocolate, Grand Marnier, Orange Zest, Cayenne) and a Sugar Knife mug. Shipping is free, so order by Wed, 6/12 to ensure delivery by Father’s Day.