The Procrastinators Guide to Father's Day

If your Father’s Day gift still isn’t wrapped and ready to go, don’t worry, I have a few ideas that that you can pick up today, tomorrow or even Sunday!

For the Dad who likes…

...the occassional after work cocktail

…a well stocked bar

Introduce him to the spirits made by Dillon’s.  Dillon’s is a small batch distillery based in Beamsville.  The father-in-law and son team use local ingredients, like Niagara grapes and Ontario rye grain, in their blending process.  I tried Dillon’s White Rye for the first time last year and have been telling people about it ever since.  Pick up a bottle of their White Rye or Unfiltered Gin for Dad at the LCBO.  Better still, treat Dad to a trip to their distillery and tasting room on Sunday.  They’re only about an hour out of the city and you can try the full range of products (I’m itching to try their Pear Eau de Vie).  Tours are available on Sunday at noon and 3pm.

For the Dad who likes…




You have to get him a membership to the Carnivore Club.  This is another Toronto based company that I love.   They’ve taken the concept of the wine of the month club but they send you delicous meat instead.  They source some of the  best locally produced meat and send Dad 4 to 6 varieties of charcuterie with wine pairing suggestions.  Past boxes have included goodies from family-run Niagara Food Specialties, and products from Quebec’s Eastern Townships.  Committment-phobes can just try one box or you can go the whole hog and sign up for monthly delivery.  This gift won’t arrive for Dad in time for Sunday but giving dad a nice card, a bottle of wine, and a note letting him know that his meat is en route is a great idea!

Bonus - Groupon has deal on right now for a Carnivore Club box!

For the dad who likes


...adventure experiences


Give Dad a memorable experience from the Culinary Adventure Company.  I’ve used their services before for a food tour in Leslieville and I love these guys.  The Culinary Adventure Co. is Toronto based, chef-run culinary tourism company.  They host cooking classes and food tours in different neighbourhoods all over the city.  Chef Scott led my tour and he’s really nice guy that loves food and is a real champion of the local food scene.  Get Dad an e-certificate and let him choose his own adventure or book one of the spots left for the Father’s Day culinary tour of the Ossington neighbourhood.

Bonus!  - The Culinary Adventure Company is having a sale!  Get 25% OFF any booking before June 15, 2014. Use the promo code SUMMER25 to receive the discount on your booking. The offer is good on all tours, classes and experiences currently offered, and must be redeemed before December 31, 2014.

I will be spending this Sunday barbequing for my Dad - it's the only day he lets me near his grill.  As is our tradition, my dad will be spending this Sunday looking over my shoulder and micro-managing every aspect of the grilling process  ;-)


Have a great weekend and a delicious Father's Day!