National Men Make Dinner Day

National Men Make Dinner Day – All Year

National Men Make Dinner Day

Peter Reynolds, host of “Father Knows Food” and two of his children, Colt and Dabny.

November 5, 2015 was National Men Make Dinner Day, an attempt to get men who never cook to tie on an apron and get   in that kitchen! Here at the E.A.T. (Everyone Around the Table) blog, we think many days of the year should be Men Make Dinner Day. We also think asking a man who doesn’t ordinarily cook to do so on a weeknight doesn’t make much sense. So we’re going to encourage all men to extend the holiday and do some cooking this weekend (and then, hopefully, many other nights after that.)

Cooking is a very manly thing when you think about it. In the anthropological sense, it’s about being a hunter at its modern finest (and we wanted an excuse to say “anthropological”). You hunt for the ingredients and the pots, pans and cooking utensils you need, aka, your weapons. You bravely take on the task of preparation and, applying fire (or hot electricity), cook up that tasty mastodon for dinner! See? So. Manly.

Man shouldn’t have to brave the frontiers of the kitchen alone so we consulted with one of our favorite men in the kitchen, Peter Reynolds of Father Knows Food, a Colorado dad with his own cooking show on PBS. Peter, a very manly man and a wonderful cook (we’ve tried several of his recipes), suggested we show you two of his YouTube videos. In the first, you’ll see his recipe for grilled lamb chops. In the second, there’s a Strawberry Mess dessert that can be made all year ’round thanks to frozen strawberries. But also check out his website and other videos for loads of great recipes (we’re partial to his shrimp and grits recipe which is fool-proof!). Man, oh man, will you be cooking up a storm, any night of the week and any day of the year!

Take Dad Out To Eat for Father’s Day By Edan Goode

In May, we ran a list of restaurants serving up a special brunch in honor of Mother’s Day. Not surprisingly, that was one of our most popular posts! Well, dads would like to eat out on their special day too, we’re just sure of it. So here’s a list of restaurants honoring dad on Father’s Day, June 16. Many require reservations. Don’t forget our other suggestions for creative ways to spend Father’s Day in “Food and Fun for Father’s Day.”

Steak or Carne a la Plancha with Bourbon Old Fashioned Sangria from Al Lado.

Steak or Carne a la Plancha with Bourbon Old Fashioned Sangria from Al Lado.

50% off all bottles of wine. Dads can enjoy Sangria & Steak with complimentary glass of sangria. Pairs well with the Skirt Steak; harissa, chimichurri, onion marmalade and patatas fritas. ( A larger entrée for those hungry guys.)
Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza will treat all dads to a free 16oz. beer with the purchase of a specialty pizza (Try the Hell’s Kitchen) or lasagna. Father’s can finish up their meal with a giant cannoli.
They’ll be serving man-sized meals during “Beef, Bourbon and Beer” night. Order a tender grilled beef filet or grilled steak and frites and get a complimentary Breckenridge Bourbon or Colorado beer (no substitutions).
Le Peep While Dad is getting a hearty breakfast, he will also receive a $10 gift certificate to use at a future visit, while supplies last and at participating locations. 
Dad will get one complimentary shot of Casa Noble Blanco tequila with his meal. Reservations are recommended.
Open Table also has a list of restaurants offering specials for dads. Check them out here.
If dad loves to cook and would like to hone his grilling skills, Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is kicking off a summer grilling class series that would be a great gift that keeps on giving. Dad can learn how to barbecue classics, all about using smoke and sauce, how to grill challenging fish, grilling Italian, Middle Eastern, South American foods and much more. Grilling classes run $89 each and you can get dad a gift card in any amount and even take a class together for some quality time. Call 303-308-9300 or visit .
Bon appetit, Dads! You certainly deserve a special meal on your special day.

Food and Fun for Father’s Day By Edan Goode

Colorado Dads like to eat and do stuff. So this year, plan a unique Father’s Day with some of both! Here are some Father's Dayideas from a Denver Dad who thinks any of these options would be a whole lot better than another tie…

Urbane Dad – Take Dad downtown to the Commons Park area for a stroll and to eat at one of many hip “LoHi” restaurants with a great city view. Ale House has straightforward fare at reasonable prices. Zengo offers upscale brunch fare with chef’s mini-plates. After, take a B-Cycle ride exploring the area and the biking trails. Finish with an ice cream from Little Man.

Roughing It Dad – Buy Steven Raichlen’s BBQ University book and ask Dad to cook “Caveman Steaks”. This requires digging a shallow pit in the backyard (with the kids!), using good quality “clean wood,” and throwing big thick steaks right on the coals!

Mountain Lover Dad – Pack a light lunch and take a hike to the top of a 14’er (or an 8er, 9er, etc.), and eat at the top with a great view! Don’t want a long drive? Nearby metro “mountain-like” experiences await at Daniel’s Park, Castlewood Canyon or one of the many Jefferson County Open Space parks in the foothills. End the day with family-friendly dining at Tommyknocker’s in Idaho Springs, Woody’s Pizza in Golden or Rockyard Brewery in Castle Rock.

Granola Dad – Head to Boulder and stroll the Pearl St Mall to take in the sights and sounds of the street performers. Eat lunch at The Mountain Sun, a local brewpub with something for everyone. Finish with a hike in Chautauqua Park.

Classic Denver Dad – Lunch at The Brown Palace, Ship’s Tavern, followed by a stroll through Denver Botanic Gardens. Grab a soft serve cone at the Monet’s Garden café. (Pricey and best for older kids.) For something less expensive and better for  younger kids, substitute another Denver classic like Wazee Supper Club (pizza!) or Wynkoop Brewing Company (pub fare).

Classic Colorado Dad – Brunch at The Broadmoor, a stroll around the grounds then a drive through Garden of The Gods. Think ahead and pack a change of shoes to take an easy-going hike on one of the many trails. Pricey and not appropriate for younger children. Less expensive (but not cheap) is the Broadmoor’s newly renovated Golden Bee pub.

Beach Lover Dad – Take Dad to the family-friendly beaches of Aurora Reservoir where there are no motorized boats. Pack a picnic, Garden of the gods lit up in sunset colorsor grills are available. Relax on the sand, try the waters, and just enjoy the bright blue sky! Don’t forget the sunscreen and beach umbrellas! (Beach options: Chatfield, Cherry Creek.)

Cycle Lover Dad – Hit the nearest bike trail (Cherry Creek, South Platte, Sand Creek, etc.) and eat lunch somewhere along the way. Off the South Platte trail at Mineral is the Aspen Grove shopping area with Panera’s and Ted’s. Or pack a lunch and eat at a park along the way. For upscale picnic lunch options, try Whole Foods or Marczyk’s. If Dad’s the only cyclist enthusiast, let him cycle, and drive everyone to meet him at a park with a picnic!

Welcome to my new blog!

Welcome to E.A.T. (Everyone Around the Table), a food blog for Colorado families on behalf of Colorado Parent magazine ( Under cover, as Edan Goode (get it?), I’ll be reviewing area family friendly restaurants, cookbooks and new food products. I’ll also provide some tried-and-true recipes that help you feed the family fast.  As the name states, the goal is to help you gather your family around the dinner table whether it’s at home or in a restaurant. Here’s to good food, good times and good health!

E.A.T. will also have a rating system, as all good review blogs should:

Whether it’s a restaurant, recipe, cookbook or food product, we’ll give it one fork if you shouldn’t bother but four forks if you must try it and soon.

This is your messiness factor. One napkin means you and the kids will likely come away unscathed and unstained but four napkins means you should have wet wipes and a change of clothes ready.

 This stands for GUF: Grown Up Fun. You’ll see this if it’s something you’d want to try even without the kids in tow.