What to get your foodie father for father’s day


Mother’s Day gift-giving is simple, thanks to the marketing minds of the food and dining world that appear to conspire with greeting card companies. For Mom, there’s brunch, flowers, chocolates, cooking-related gifts galore, and copious cocktails mixed in her honor.

For Dad, there’s grilling and booze. How is that fair to your Foodie Father? (“Here’s a new grilling spatula, Pops — go make me a burger.”)

They do try, the marketing minds. They send an avalanche of pitches for everything from burger molds to disposable grill plates, from coffeemakers to cocktail shakers. We have sifted through the possibilities, as well as the specials and deals, and we’ve come up with the following suggestions on what Foodie Father might enjoy.


Buy Dad tickets to the PGA National Resort’s Craft Beer Festival & Burger Bash.

The festival happens Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., offering burgers from some terrific local eateries along with a “Craft Beer Garden” of more than 50 brews.

Tickets are $40 in advance, but the PGA is offering deals to entice you to make a weekend of it. The resort is a special $169 rate for Saturday night, which includes two tickets to the fest. Take Dad to brunch at the resort’s Ironwood Steak and Seafood Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and get $10 off the $40 brunch price ($20 per child) if you show your festival ticket stub.

To buy festival tickets, visit PGABeerAndBurger.eventbrite.com. To book the overnight package, call 855-896-4762. To reserve for Sunday brunch, call 561-627-4852. PGA National Resort & Spa: 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 800-863-2819; PGAResort.com

Buy Dad a growler of local craft brew.

You can buy a refillable growler of beer at two of the best craft breweries in Florida.

  • At Tequesta Brewing Company, fill a gallon growler for $28 and refill it whenever you’d like for $18. Or pick up a quart-size growler for $13 and refill for $6. It’s the perfect time to check out Tequesta’s new Hoppy Amber, just released Tuesday. And as a Father’s Day special, the brewery/bar is offering a $35 gallon growler which includes your choice of hat or t-shirt. (Refills on that are $18.)Tequesta Brewing Company: 287 U.S. Highway 1, Tequesta; 561-745-5000; search “Tequesta-Brewing-Co” on Facebook.
  • At Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach, you can grab a refillable growler for $32 per gallon. Not sure what to take home? You can’t go wrong with the smooth-drinking favorite: the Caramel Cream Ale. It’s one of the reasons why Due South beer is now available in more than 175 locations from Key West to Vero Beach.Due South Brewing: 2900 High Ridge Road, #3, Boynton Beach; 561-463-2337; DueSouthBrewing.com



Here’s a pairing for the modern foodie dad: a frothy craft beer that’s matched with nuanced cheeses.

The newly released “Cheese & Beer” book (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $24.99) by Janet Fletcher suggests pairing a mellow, malty brown ale such as the Tampa-brewed Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale with Alpine-style cheese, like Comte and Beauford.

“Brown ale’s nutty and toffee aromas and relative lack of bitterness make for harmony with cheeses that have similar, toasty, brown-butter notes and mellow character,” writes Fletcher.

Or go for an “American Cheddar smackdown,” as the San Francisco-based cheese columnist suggests. Pair fine Cheddar cheeses from Wisconsin, California and Vermont with a toasty and floral Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company.

Find a nice range of cheeses at any of the Whole Foods Market locations, or try The Cheese Course at Mizner Park, 305 Plaza Real, #1305, Boca Raton; 561-395-4354.

Add a copy of the handsomely photographed book (which can be ordered at Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com) to give Dad a couple dozen suggestions for cheese and beer pairing experiences.


North county offers a couple of good options:

  • At In the Kitchen, Tequesta: Check out the “Hands-on Pizza Making Class” on June 22, at 2 p.m. Here, Dad can learn to make from-scratch grilled pizzas. The class costs $100; seating is quite limited. In the Kitchen: 389 Tequesta Drive (Gallery Square North), Tequesta; 561-747-7117; InTheKitchenNow.com
  • At Jupiter Kitchen Works: Check out the “Grilling in the Kitchen” class, also on June 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes sirloin sliders with grilled onions and creamy horseradish mayo, cumin-spiced veggie kebabs with chimichurri and couscous and vanilla bean crème brulee. The class is $50 per person. Jupiter Kitchen Works: 185 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 561-596-7117; JupiterKitchenWorks.com

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About michaelwagner1

Michael Wagner is currently a marketing executive in the financial services industry. Based in Palm Beach, Michael Wagner currently lives in Vero Beach where he has resided since 1984. Michael has worked for some of the most recognizable companies in the world with the most sought after brands. (Pepsi, Mars Inc) Clients have included: Publix, RaceTrac, Speedway, 7-11, Wal-Mart, Costco, BJ's, Sam's Club, Health South, Ron Jons Surf Shop, Health First, Circle K, Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Miami Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Ford, GM, and Chrysler.

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