Never mind what you're getting dad for Father's Day, what are you going to feed him?
The holiday is a great excuse for some foodie indulgence, and In the Kitchen's Stefano Faita knows it.
"Father's Day at my house is actually new because I have two very young children, but it's fun!" he told CBC Live. "I mean, I get spoiled right?"
And Faita's favourite Father's Day treat involves a maple-syrupy pancake breakfast in bed, one chased with creamy cafe latte. Later on, he dines on lobster, filet mignon - "which," he says, "I'm probably going to cook."
That's probably not the case in your household.
For one, how many Canadian dads are CBC chefs?
So, when preparing a special menu for dad, take some advice from a guy who's an expert in two key areas:
1) The kitchen, and...
2) Enjoying the VIP treatment that Father's Day entails.
Here are Faita's favourite Father's Day recipes:
"This is really one of those GUY kind of dishes," Faita says, though few people, regardless of whether they have a Y chromosome, will deny the universal appeal of meat, bread and cheese.
This Italian sandwich is super-stacked with all three essential components.
Layers of deli meat (capicolla, ham, prosciutto, mortadella, salami) meet further layers of cheese (provolone, fontina, smoked mozzarella).
And it's all married together with Faita's fresh olive spread, a blend of marinated vegetables and herbs that makes this "the king of all sandwiches."
Serve it for Father's Day lunch, Faita suggests. "It's, like, fantastic."
"Good barbecue sauce is always fun for the boys," Faita says. We can only imagine the chef's signature mixture (as found on the In the Kitchen website) pairs well with anything you could possibly make dad for dinner. And if you're still looking for a Father's Day present, consider a bib this year instead of a tie.
Stefano Faita shows you how to make his signature barbecue sauce: