Dads have that rep­u­ta­tion for being “super-​heroes”. That does not mean they have to eat like Super­man, right?

Dads are just reg­u­lar peo­ple look­ing to stay fit and healthy for their fam­i­lies. They do like to eat, drink and be merry when the oppor­tu­nity strikes.

Upcom­ing Father’s Day is a per­fect chance to share good food with the fathers in our lives. Like most hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions, the ways we make merry are diverse and unique.

Every­day dad food does not trans­late into “cheese, bacon and burg­ers”. Tra­di­tional fare from days long past was largely meat and pota­toes basics for Dads. Maybe for most con­ven­tional men, that would still be typ­i­cal.

New dude foods, pre­pared by using the fresh­est ingre­di­ents, strike a cord with those favorite fam­ily tra­di­tions and deliver full of fla­vor on the plate.

By exam­ple, Pops might like a nice ravi­oli with red sauce, skil­let chi­laquiles or mar­i­nated skirt steak on Father’s Day. Cook­ing at home can be a group effort. “No fuss” should be the mantra of the day, but if a lit­tle extra effort is made, we’re good!

Con­sider the cool sum­mer sides when plan­ning a sup­per din­ner party at home. Quick picked cucum­bers, tomato and avo­cado salad, roasted beets and fen­nel or grilled sum­mer
veg­eta­bles brighten the table.

Mar­i­nated arti­chokes, stuffed onion blos­soms or sweet corn rel­ish might steal the show.

Com­mu­nal plat­ters wel­come every­one to the table. Flat­breads and tapas are excel­lent fin­ger foods to get the party started.

Keep the spread con­vivial with bev­er­ages of choice. Ice cold beer is a pop­u­lar dad drink. The mar­ket aisles are pop­u­lated with arti­san micro-​brews and the now clas­sics in brown, green and clear glass bot­tles.

Bour­bonade, moji­tos and mar­gar­i­tas cap­i­tal­ize on lemons and limes. Non-​alcoholic cool­ers and spritzers rely on mel­ons, berries, cucum­bers and herbs to quench dad’s thirst. Good for moms, too!

Dads with a sweet tooth will be look­ing for­ward to the dessert. Straw­berry short­cake, berry cob­bler, peach pie…the day just keeps get­ting bet­ter.

With Cal­i­for­nia sum­mer fruits in full har­vest, blue­berry pan­cakes and apri­cot cof­fee cake are a pos­si­bil­ity with Dad’s first morn­ing cup of java.

Bring a meal plan to Father’s Day no mat­ter what other activ­i­ties are woven into the day. Take in a base­ball game, throw a Fris­bee, golf or cro­quet.

It’s easy to shower our beloved fathers with high praise and good eats.