7 Father’s Day Gifts for the Food-Loving Man in Your Life

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Father’s Day is almost here! Have you decided yet what you’re going to gift the dads in your life? If not, no worries. We’ve got you covered! From hot sauces to a cocktail smoking kit to an ice cream-inspired pie, we’ve got recommendations for all the food-obsessed men you’re buying for this year.

For the Guy Who Brings the Heat: Zabs Trio

The man in your life who is obsessed with spicy food will go wild over this trio set. In it, they’ll get one original Zabs hot sauce, a St. Augustine Style hot sauce and a bottle of hot honey. Each one gets its heat from Datil peppers, which sit near habaneros and Scotch bonnets on the Scoville scale. Expect some sweetness, along with a slow burn. 

For the Guy Who Is a Homegrown Mixologist: Aged & Charred Smoke Lid Kit

Smoked cocktails have been all the rage lately, and if the man you’re shopping for loves to whip up an artisanal cocktail at home, this is the gift for him. This kit comes with a smoke lid, butane, a torch and wood chips. The lid fits over glasses of all sorts, including rocks glasses, coupes, Glencairn glasses and more. 

For the Guy Who Spends All Summer Grilling: Food52 Cast Iron Grill Press

There are lots of great grilling tools you can get your loved one for Father’s Day, but one that is easy to overlook is the humble grill press. This is an amazing tool for all sorts of uses: getting a perfect sear on steak, cooking burgers faster, searing fish, grilling veggies and, of course, for making pressed sandwiches. This is truly a tool that any grill-loving guy will be happy to add to his arsenal. 

For the Guy Who Only Uses Quality Meat: Walden Local Meat Co.’s Share Program

If the man you’re shopping for is choosy about his meats, then Walden Local will be his jam. Through their share program, they offer locally and sustainably sourced meats (which they hold to a very high standard) and have lots of different meat options to choose from, including ground meats, steaks, sausages, chicken, pork, ribs and more. You can even choose a fully customizable box, which allows you to pick whatever cuts of meat work best for your loved one. Plus, they have monthly specials you can add on, as well as seafood, bone broth, cheese, eggs and more.

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For the Guy Who Always Orders a Bloody at Brunch: K Bloody Mary Mix

We all know that guy who loves himself a Bloody Mary. And who can blame him? With its spicy, savory notes and usually a pretty hearty snack as garnish, it’s a self-contained party. Local maker K Bloody Mary Mix makes small-batch Bloody Mary mixes that are vegan, organic and packed with flavor. Bottles of mix are available in 12 ounces and 25 ounces, and K Bloody Mary Mix’s site houses a bunch of drink and food recipes that the mix can be utilized in.

For the Guy Who Loves a Dinner Party: Tickets to the Strawberry Moon: Summer Solstice Celebration Dinner

Edible Hudson Valley has teamed up with Copake Country Club to bring you this pop-up dinner party on Copake’s hilltop, nestled between the Catskills and the Berkshires. Gift your loved one tickets this Father’s Day, so that he can enjoy a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres at The Greens, before being driven by golf cart past the course and up to the hilltop for a seated family-style, three-course dinner and drinks just as the sun is setting on summer solstice. Plus, there will be live music, performance art, incredible food and drinks and great conversation with new friends. This Father’s Day gift will be a hard one to top!

For the Guy Who’s Still a Kid at Heart: Milk Bar’s Waffle Cone Pie

Milk Bar’s newly launched summer creation is perfect for the man who lives life with a childlike sensibility…including loving ice cream! The Waffle Cone Pie is based on the chocolate-and-peanut-coated Drumsticks many of us used to love as kids. The pie has a waffle cone crust topped with a thin-ish fudgy brownie layer, ice cream-inspired pudding and finally a layer of crunchy peanut-flecked chocolate (reminiscent of Magic Shell). It’s summertime childhood nostalgia in a pie.