Father's Day Gifts: What's cookin', Dad?
Father's Day is coming up Sunday, so this week we've got some gift ideas that might inspire you when you're looking for something to please the No. 1 man in your life.
Dad just may be the best accessory in the kitchen -- and Father's Day could be a good time to encourage his staying power. For the grill-master, how about a durable denim shop apron by The Stronghold that’s cut, sewn and finished locally, in Venice? Made of heavy-duty Japanese selvage denim in organic cotton with an organic indigo dye, it’s BBQ garb that he can also wear in the garage. Launched way back in 1894, The Stronghold was the first denim company in L.A. and has a legacy of quality craftsmanship. We adore the metal rivet detailing, seven handy pockets, generous size and genuine cotton ties. It also comes in work-worthy railroad stripes and in a shorter version—packaged in a chic drawstring bag, so no wrapping is required. $125 at The Stronghold, 1625 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, or www.kaufmann-mercantile.com
For adventurous dads who prefer a backwoods campfire, there’s this down-to-earth Magnesium Fire Starter, handmade in Montana. With a naturally-shed elk antler handle, it looks seriously good in a throwback, Davey Crockett kind of way. Soggy matchbooks aside, this tool is guaranteed to prevail even in the most inclement weather. $29.95, also at The Stronghold or www.kaufmann-mercantile.com
If Pop has aspirations of running his own food truck (or simply loves to get things cooking), polish his kitchen skills with a cooking class at The Gourmandise School, which just opened in The Market at Santa Monica Place. Manly offerings, from "BBQ: The Meat Class" to a "Beer, Cheese & Pizza" course, are sure to help him champion his cooking techniques. $75 per class; save 10% when you buy three or more. To order a gift certificate, call 310-656-8800 or buy online at www.thegourmandiseschool.com.
-- Ingrid Schmidt
Photos: Stronghold apron, top, and Magnesium Fire Starter. Credit: The Stronghold