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Dad’s big day is coming up on Sunday. If your guy is all about food, here are some last-minute gift suggestions for Father’s Day.
For the grill meister
Spice blends: The paleo company Primal Palate that is owned by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley of Monroeville has released a new line of spice blends. The Griddle & Grill Pack ($24.95) comes with three bottles of spice blends: for steak, tacos and seafood. Other three-packs (all $24.95) include the Taste of Asia pack (garam masala, curry powder and Chinese five-spice blend), Signature Blends (meat and potatoes seasoning, adobo seasoning and barbecue rub) and Everyday AIP Blends (super gyro, breakfast blend, and garlic and herb). You can also create your own six-packs or larger bundles. The spice blends are organic, gluten-free, kosher and non-GMO, and are carried at Naturally Soergel’s and Connected Health in Franklin Park and at Giant Eagle Market District in Fox Chapel. You also can order directly from primalpalate.com.
3 Taxi Guys Cabilicious gift pack: Three taxi company owners — from Pittsburgh, Atlanta and San Francisco — met at a taxi convention in Las Vegas and started a side business based on their love of barbecue. The Cabilicious pack ($39.95) includes three barbecue sauces (Sweet & Sassy, Tijuana Taxi and Budda Bing Wing) and one red rub packaged in a special taxicab gift box. Jamie Campolongo, the Pittsburgher, says the trio is hoping to open a barbecue restaurant in Pittsburgh. The three cabbies recently won sixth place in the Whole Hog division at the Memphis in May International Festival. Their sauces are carried in Giant Eagle stores, and contracts with more stores are in the works. 3taxiguys.com.
Grill Mate basket: Basket of Pittsburgh’s Grill Mate ($68) includes Pittsburgh Sports sauce, Pittsburgh Dad and Colony steak sauces, seasoning blends, Heinz condiments and Schneiders teas. basketofpittsburgh.com.
Grill Daddy grill brush: For dads who love grilling but don’t like to battle the grime, this brush will come in handy. It uses steam to help get the grill clean again. Currently, the company is running a special: Order the Original ($12.99), Pro ($19.99) or Grand ($49.99) and get a free brush scraper and meat thermometer. buygrilldaddy.com.
Villeroy-Boch BBQ Passion plates: Villeroy-Boch sells a variety of plates designed especially for barbecuing, including a 20-inch kebab platter ($59.95) with raised edges to hold the kebabs up, steak plates ($59.95 for two) with separate compartments for sides and condiments, a 17-inch fish-shaped platter ($35) and individual porcelain dishes ($29.95) that can hold corn on the cob, hot dogs or sausages, along with condiment compartments. villeroy-boch.com (click “Online Shop”).
For the beverage lover
Coffee of the month club: Atlas Coffee Club has designed a new coffee subscription program with coffee from a different country each month. You choose your number of bags, frequency of shipping, roast preference and grind type. For instance, one bag delivered each month costs $14 per shipment. You’ll get a postcard from the country explaining its growing methods and history with each shipment. Coffees come from Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Rwanda, Guatemala and elsewhere. atlascoffeeclub.com; 512-522-1337.
Craft-a-Brew kits: In the Kitchen, the Strip District kitchen store, sells kits so Dad can make, ferment and bottle a gallon of beer. Varieties of Craft-a-Brew beer kits ($44.95) include brown ale, American pale ale, Hefeweisen and White House honey ale. Visit the Penn Avenue store or order online at shopinthekitchen.com.
Virtual drink: Granted, this won’t slake Dad’s thirst, but it will warm his heart. The Miracle Foundation has partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to launch a Father’s Day campaign to help kids who don’t have a dad or mom. Buy Dad a virtual drink at miraclefoundation.org/fathers and the donation will be used for worldwide programs such as clean water, health care and education for orphans. Tito’s and other donors will match donations up to $100,000.
For the sweet tooth
Tower of Treats: Eat’n Park’s Gourmet Father’s Day Gift ($49.99) is a ribbon-wrapped tower of three boxes containing a dozen No. 1 Dad cookies, a dozen Smiley cookies, a dozen gourmet chocolate chip cookies and six Smiley-shaped Sarris milk chocolates. smileycookie.com/gourmet-fathers-day-gift.html.
Prantl’s torte: Ship Dad a famed Prantl’s burnt almond torte ($49.95), using the code “DADBELLY” at checkout to get 10 percent off. prantlsbakery.com/order-online/.
For the walker
Food tours: Various companies in Pittsburgh offer food tours. One of them is Cloud 9 Living, which puts on three: the Northside Historical Food Tour, featuring pre-Civil War architecture, a German pretzel, a Middle Eastern dish, homemade cupcakes and cookies and more; the Brookline Blvd Food Tour, featuring pita from a Mediterranean bakery, tacos from a Mexican carniceria and a Little Italy-style pizza; and the Lawrenceville Food Tour, a two-hour walking tour with tastings of coffee, hot dogs, cupcakes, Italian pastries and more. Tours are $47 for one person with discounts for multiple people. cloud9living.com. (For other local food tours, check burghfoodtour.com and foodguyadventures.com.)
Rebecca Sodergren: firstname.lastname@example.org; @pgfoodevents.