With Father’s Day on Sunday I am dedicating this blog to all of the amazing fathers and father figures in the world. I lost my father at a young age, but I have been fortunate to have a handful of people in my life who have been father figures to me through the years… including my Mom who often had to play both roles. So for me, Father’s Day is a celebration of all those who make a difference in the lives of their kids, nieces and nephews, friends and those they mentor.
As the father of a 4-year old boy, I often think about the memories my son will have of me when he’s older. That led me to thinking about the memories I have of my Dad. I remember him just being a cool cat. Tall and handsome. Smart and fearless. A man with a strong work ethic. When I was with him I always felt safe. And he knew how to make me laugh. He was THE MAN. Of course, being a chef my mind often connects with food memories. My Dad didn’t like to cook much (he left that to my mom, which was a smart move considering her skills in the kitchen) but the one thing he did cook was barbacoa. We had a 50 gallon drum in our backyard in El Paso that on special occasions he would use to slow cook beef or goat. Barbacoa, like barbecue, means cooking the meat low and slow. I loved when my Dad did this because it gave us time to hang and bond for hours. It wasn’t one particular moment or a specific thing he said that was so memorable, just that time we spent time together. And it was during those times that he would impart knowledge and teach me valuable life lessons.
This is one of the reasons I have such a strong connection to the de Cárdenas family, the family who founded Cacique® and still oversees the company. We share that appreciation for family and our culture, and have so much respect for our parents for creating opportunities for us, teaching us the importance of hard work and taking pride in what we do everyday. All of which stems from our parents.
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate our love for our fathers with words and actions and there is no better way to do that then by sharing a meal together. As a tribute to fathers all over the world, please help us celebrate them by sharing your favorite memories about them. Simply answer the following question and post your answers in the comment section: What is your favorite food or cooking memory that reminds you of your father?
And remember that you don’t need a holiday to express your love and gratitude for your parents… Try to show your dad (and your mom) some love every day. Cook them a meal. Bake them a treat. Pour them a drink. Or just say, “I love you.”