3 Ways to Celebrate Father's Day This Year

As things begin to open up, we are so happy to see that families are getting more opportunities to come together once again. With Father’s Day right around the corner, this is probably the first holiday since the start of the coronavirus pandemic where the word ‘celebrate’ can really be used! So, we put together a few tips on the best ways to celebrate dad this year with some tips from local chefs, restaurants and businesses.

1). Treat dad to a backyard cookout

Did you know June is also National Steakhouse Month? Pretty convenient that it is during the same month as Father’s Day, right? But this year bring the steakhouse goodies home with the help of local Boston dining legend, Barbara Lynch. Barbara Lynch’s Butcher Shop has been offering takeout and groceries throughout the pandemic and is not letting up any time soon. Check out their amazing selection of cocktail kits and “butcher case” cuts of meat. Prices start at $15 for the cocktail kits and $30 for a 12 oz ribeye. The Butcher Shop is located in the South End, only about 1.5 miles from The Langham, Boston.

(Image Credit: J.Q. Louise)

2). Gift dad a post-quarantine hair cut

With hair salons and barber shops able to reopen across the state, treat dad to a luxurious cut and shave at one of Boston’s top spots. Places such as: Social Club Barbers downtown or Seaport Barbers offer some luxe experiences. Seaport Barbers is even offering ‘home service’ if dad is still a little wary of venturing out. A good haircut can do wonders! 

3). Whip up something sweet

For the dad with the sweet tooth, recreate this recipe from local James Beard chef Michael Schlow of Tico in Back Bay and Alta Strada in Wellesley. Cooking is a great way to bring a family together, Chef Schlow has said, “There’s no greater gift than time spent cooking with kids. I think those are the most beautiful memories, the time centered around the kitchen.” These cute cookies and dip are a fun take on a classic snack.

Chef Schlow’s Mascarporeos

For the cookies:
1/2 lb. butter, unsalted and softened
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. salt

For the mascarpone whip:
2/3 c. sugar
3 T. whole milk
3/4 t. vanilla extract
3/4 t. lemon juice
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
4 oz. sour cream

First you need to make the cookies. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Then, in a mixer lightly whip the softened butter and slowly add the remaining ingredients, in the order they are listed in the recipe, until everything is well combined.

Roll out the dough to 1/8th inches. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and spray with nonstick spray. Cut the cookies into lots of fun shapes, put those cookie cutters to good use! They should only take about 6 minutes to bake. Let them cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

As the cookies are cooling you can whip up the mascarpone whip. Combine the sugar, milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice and whisk with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes. Then, add in the mascarpone and sour cream and continue to whip until you see soft peaks, probably will take about 3 additional minutes. Once the cookies are done cooling, serve the whip alongside them!

(Image Credit: Michael Schlow)