Food and Drink Gifts to Buy Dad This Father's Day

Industry experts share what dad actually wants this year.

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Father’s Day is coming up and, no offense, but we don’t think your dad wants another tie or set of cufflinks this year. We tapped dads in the food and drink industry to see what dad is yearning for in 2021 after a global pandemic.

To be perfectly honest, I always thought that grills and steaks and barbecue accessories were just stereotypes forced upon our fathers, but apparently dads actually do want some of that stuff—in addition to a handful of other gadgets, some pints of ice creams, aged steaks, and snacks. 

Here are the gifts the dads we spoke to are dreaming of:

Sungchul Shim

Owner & executive chef of Kochi

“We have a backyard and I would love to get a new grill. Mine is seven years old and is too small for my family now. The one I'm eyeing is the Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Compact Barrel Charcoal Grill. It is sleek and easy to use.”
 
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Cornelius Robinson

Owner of Trufflin
 
"I would love the YETI Hopper Backflip Soft Cooler. I am out in the streets delivering truffles regularly on my bike and it's extremely important that the truffles stay cold throughout the day. Truffles can lose 2.5-5% water per day which is a lot of money that disappears into thin air. An insulated pack that keeps my babies cold and protected from the elements is a dream come true. We also like to go on occasional camping trips so I guess it would be useful to use the bag for what it was actually designed [for]; an oversized bag never hurts when you have a kid in tow."
 
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Dominik Grabinski

Co-founder of Nowadays 

"Sadly, the pandemic has kept me apart from my kids—who live in Europe—for almost two years now. The best Father's Day gift would be time with them. Until then, I dream of getting a Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven (a multi-purpose air fryer) so I'm ready for my next family meal with the kids!"

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Dale Talde

Founder of Food Crush Hospitality and author of Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn 

“[The] ideal food gift is monster steaks from Pat LaFrieda in New Jersey—their biggest dry-aged bone-in prime ribeye, or Gotham Seafood's Colossal Crew Steam Crate.”

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Derek Wallace

Co-founder of Kalamata's Kitchen

"I’ve dropped more than a few hints that I want a six pack of Malai’s seasonal ice cream flavors delivered by Goldbelly. Pooja Bavishi creates the most delicious and unique flavors I’ve ever tried, like Sweet Roti & Ghee and Lemon Cardamom. We love trying them as a family, so of course I would share."

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Bryan Dayton 

Founder & beverage director of Half Eaten Cookie Hospitality 
 
"If my boys had a summer job, I'd love the KUDU grill!"
 
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Lolo Manso

Chef & owner of Socarrat Paella Bar 

"My dream Father's Day gift would be a family trip to restaurants in Spain, but since that's not very realistic yet, I would be thrilled to get goodies from Despaña so at least our stomachs can fly to Spain."

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Kraig Hansen

Executive chef of Fable Lounge
 
“Some great gifts for dads to level up on the grill are grill cedar planks, smoker baskets for gas grills, and wire baskets for grilling vegetables. Silicone basting brushes for grills are also great—they can handle high heat and are easy to clean.”
 
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Field Failing 

CEO and founder of Fields Good Chicken 

"For dads that love to grill, a good probe thermometer is key. I've been using the wireless Thermopro TP-20. It's been life changing because it works 300ft away, so you can monitor what you're cooking from all over the house.

Before the pandemic, I used to take my 2.5 year old son James to a local cafe to get a Belgian waffle every Saturday. Since we've been missing those outings, I bought a waffle maker so we could spend Saturday mornings making waffles together instead. They are super easy to make, and it has been a fun way to introduce cooking to James."

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Felipe Donnelly

Chef and partner of Disco Tacos, Colonia Verde, and Comparti

"My ideal Father's Day gift would be a bottle of La Medida Mezcal by Berta Vázquez. This is one of my favorite mezcales, made by a female master mezcalera. She makes a truly impressive mezcal using the Mexicano agave." 

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Tom Dennen

Owner of Bayberry Garden and Bayberry Beer Hall

"One month into the pandemic and our restaurant being shut down, I needed to put my energy into anything other than the madness unfolding, so I built my wife a huge garden area for consumables and cut flowers to enjoy with the kids. Everyday it seemed my tools were not where I last left them so I got to thinking it might be time for a Husky Workchest to keep my tools organized and locked away from our children and their curious hands."

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Kat Thompson is a staff writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @katthompsonn