The most commonly accepted first celebration of American Father’s Day holiday occurred on June 19th,1910 in Spokane,Washington. It was organized by Sonora Smart Dodd,the daughter of Henry Jackson Smart. Smart’s wife died in childbirth,leaving Smart to raise his 6 young children alone. His years of dedication,selflessness,courage and love inspired his daughter to organize a celebration for her father and others across the nation. The idea gained popularity with many U.S. presidents and in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June to be Father’s Day. The holiday was later established as a official holiday by President Richard Nixon in 1972.
There are many gift options for fathers this upcoming Father’s Day on Sunday,June 17th. Visit the Co-op to discover an amazing selection of artisan,hand-crafted chocolates,cheeses and many other foods for the Food Daddy in your world. Here are some top picks for the Foodie Daddy in your world:
- Help Stock the Pantry:fine spices,honey,wine and other ingredients to help your father (and family) cook and enjoy memorable meals. Try gifting some rare hand harvested Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey,world-renown for its complex spicy flavors of burnt caramel and fresh flower blossoms. Or present Dad with other special ingredients like Madagascar Vanilla Beans,locally grown alder-smoked artisan Paprika blends or ethereal Spanish saffron.
- Gift Ready-to-Eat Cheese:present a delightful round of locally made soft cow’s milk cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery in Port Townsend,Washington. In addition to European classic Camembert,the Co-op’s Cheese Island stocks attractively packaged mini wheels of Cirrus,a Pacific Northwest Camembert style cheese with a mild,buttery interior and a soft bloomy white rind. For a true original local cheese,pick up a round of Seastack –it’s a soft-ripened stack of fresh cheese that’s been rolled in local vegetable ash and sea salt for a smokey sweet finish. Both cheese would also be delicious with Leatherwood honey!
- Kitchen Tools for Excellence:visit the Co-op’s Mercantile loft for a creative selection of cards and tools for your foodie father. Perhaps he is in need of a mustache cookie cutter,sustainably made cooking utensils or organic cotton kitchen towels? We’ve got ‘em. What about a pizza stone,handmade ceramic serving dishes or the excellent Hero Food cookbook by Seamus Mullens? Check,check and check. From handmade clothing,accessories and kitchen tools to entertaining and informative books,the Mercantile loft is a great spot to gather gifts that are sure to please your hungry foodie Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
Posted by Claire