Father’s Day food specials around Sonoma
After Anna Jarvis established Mother’s Day in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia in honor of her late mother, the first Father’s Day was celebrated on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia; it was a small affair when Grace Golden Clayton mourned her late father, killed in the Monongah Mining Disaster.
In 1910, Arkansas native Sonora Smart Dodd established the first “real” Father’s Day at the Spokane, Washington YMCA on June 19, thinking of her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, who raised six children as a single parent in Spokane. After a break at the Art Institute of Chicago, Dodd returned to Spokane and began to promote Father’s Day nationally.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day, and President Richard Nixon signed the holiday into law in 1972.
Ask the father figure in your life what he would like to do - maybe sit on the couch, go on a hike, paint a picture or a house, go fishing, or go to the beach or a movie. Or you can cook his favorite meal or sweep out the garage for him. Or both.
If he wants to go out for something food related, try on these opportunities.
Bob Rice plans some Dad’s specials, including Heather’s Green Drink with kale and spinach base, yogurt with granola and sliced bananas, chilaquiles with scrambled eggs and chorizo, Grand Marnier French toast with mixed berries, Who’s Your Daddy Benedict with Applewood smoked bacon, and an omelet with beef tenderloin, and fire roasted peppers. $7 to $15. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.
Special treats include lobster mac & cheese, Wagyu beef carpaccio, shrimp cocktail, barbecue cheddar grits with braised greens and brisket or New York steak, brioche French toast, mushroom omelet, fish tacos, risotto, smoked salmon flatbread and grilled Delta asparagus salad. $8 to $27. Reservations at 996-3030 or eldoradosonoma.com.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
By-the-pool specials include a “man-size Mission burger with a housemade Bruno bun, Mindful Meats pasture-raised beef, Fiscallini cheddar, caramelized onions, bacon and more, and A 3, chef Andrew Cain’s Apricot Ale made with Sonoma Springs Brewery. Reservations at: 938-9000.
“Bubs, Suds & BBQ” under the grapevine-covered arbor with great views. Dad can enjoy slow cooked barbecue, cold beer, and glorious wines. Sunday, June 19. $75. Noon to 2 p.m. Tickets at 933-1917 or gloriaferrer.com.
Ramekins Culinary School
Lisa Lavagetto leads a great gift-to-father class on Grilling 101 to make bruschetta with tomatoes and mozzarella, grilled pizza with sausage and cheeses, grilled chicken, ribs with a spicy fireworks rub, red, white and blue slaw, and grilled banana floats. $95. Saturday. June 18. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 450 West Spain Street, Sonoma. Ramekins.com.
A pop-up brunch from Sondra Bernstein’s Fig Rig at Suite D with fruit salad, specialty breads, bagels, and pastries, cheeses and charcuterie, ham hash, omelet station, green salad, potatoes and house-cured bacon. $32 social club, $40 public, $25 children 3 to 13, free under 3. Reserve at figsuitd.com.
Poseidon, Obsidian Ridge and Keating tasting rooms team up with the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen to provide a grilled-to-order cheese sandwich and two glasses of wine ($30). Meadowcroft offers spit fired whole suckling pig and housemade sides by Chef Darby Tarantino on Sunday along with music by Franke Bourne. $65 for wine club members, $75 non-members. Tickets at cornerstonesonoma.com/events.