Spoil dad—and his taste buds—with local products

Spoil dad—and his taste buds—with local products!

Here are a few ways to celebrate Father’s Day with food from Quebec

With the deconfinement and summer just around the corner, we can finally look forward to getting together for Father’s Day. Of course, social distancing measures still apply, but even if you can’t kiss and hug your loved ones, it does feel good to share a meal surrounded (loosely) by those you love!

A spring appetizer

Crudités are perfect warm-weather food. If you’re not really in the mood for an appetizer, serve some raw veggies to munch on instead. It’s healthier and not too filling, so your guests will still have room for the main course. Radishes and carrot sticks are great with just about any dip. Hummus has become quite popular over the past few years, and there’s so many varieties out there—beet, spinach, olive… take your pick!

For those who love food—it’s a party, afterall—a platter of local cheeses and a microbrewery beer make for a delicious choice! And this is the perfect occasion to discover new cheeses. A Migneron tomme de brebis,  Blackburn Mont Jacob, or Cru du clocher, served with a delicious loaf or baguette from A chacun son pain, is sure to please.

Lobster: the star of the show!

It would be a shame to miss the opportunity to eat some mouth-watering lobster. This local product is in season right now… what more can you ask for? There’s so many ways to prepare this crustaceon, but our favourite is a grilled split lobster with chili and lime butter. Dad will love it, and so will everyone else! It’s easy and requires just a few ingredients. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to make. Cook the lobster ahead of time to give them a chance to cool, and put throw them on the grill for 8 minutes before serving.

Serve your lobster with a potato salad with green onions, dill, and a few pieces of smoked salmon. Add a side of grilled asparagus brochettes , which you can serve plain or with sesame vinaigrette… your guests will be more than satisfied! 

Dessert for everyone!

Up until now, our menu has been pretty healthy. But we do have something for your sweet tooth! For one, you can’t go wrong with Laiterie Chagnon ice cream sandwiches. But this special day calls for a refreshing special recipe. A spanish-style fruit cup with saffron, cranberry juice, and Xerès vinegar, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, is a sure feast for your taste buds. If you want to keep the flavours local, a rustic rhubarb pie with homemade whipped cream, or a Ricardo lemon cake are excellent options.

Nothing’s too good for Dad on Father’s Day, but whether or not you take out the fine China for the occasion, the most important thing is to share this meal —even virtually —with the man of the hour. Happy Father’s Day!