Father's day gift guide
GIFTING ADVICE FOR DAD FROM OUR CULINARY PARTNERS
We sat down with Kalamazoo Grillmaster, Russ Faulk and our culinary partners Matthew Eads and Chef Charlie McKenna to see how they plan on spending Father’s Day, what’s on their menu, and a few of their favorite Kalamazoo products.
matthew eads, grillseeker
WHAT’S the MOST MEMORABLE FATHER’S DAY GIFT YOU'VE RECEIVED?
“Years ago my girls gave me a homemade picture frame made from scrabble tiles that said Dad and Daughters with a photo of the three of them. Still have it, always will.”
Matthew is a talented cookbook author and the brains behind the popular grilling blog and online community, Grillseeker.
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“There’s something special about creating an entire bed of coals from wood splits. The flavor, the smell, the sound - cooking with wood provides a primal cooking experience that memories are made of.” - Matthew
“It might sound silly to mention a set of tongs as being a favorite accessory, but all tongs are not created equally. The Kalamazoo tongs check all the boxes and are always by my side when I’m at the grill.” - Matthew
kalamazoo Chef Knife
“I’m in love with this knife, and it’s become the workhorse of my kitchen. The bolster provides a great pinch point for control even when my hands are slippery, and the tip is fine enough for the most delicate cuts.” - Matthew
CHARLIE MCKENNA, CHEF & 2X WORLD BBQ CHAMPION
Chef Charlie McKenna is a two-time World BBQ Champion, founder of Lillie's Q craft barbecue sauces and rubs and good friend of Kalamazoo.
HOW ARE YOU CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY THIS YEAR?
“This year is a special year because my birthday falls on Father’s Day and my daughter’s birthday is the day before. I will be hosting 4-6 fifteen year old girls at our lake house (where we have some Kalamazoo products). I will be grilling simple things like shrimp, steak tacos and rotisserie chicken for the girls.”
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Suede Grilling gloves
“These allow me to work around the fire without it getting too hot, whether I’m working on fire management or taking the rotisserie bar off the grill, great for many tasks around heat.” - Charlie
Smoker Pellet InsertS
“It never hurts to add a little smoke to your cook, even if you are direct grilling you could reverse smoke your meat. You would smoke until your meat reaches your desired internal temperature, then sear it off over higher heat.” - Charlie
Kalamazoo Quebracho Charcoal
“Kalamazoo’s quebracho charcoal burns super clean, has no fire sparks, and leaves little ash to clean up (I hate cleaning up ashes).” - Charlie
Russ faulk, kalamazoo grillmaster
DO YOU HAVE A FATHER'S DAY TRADITION?
“I like to get brunch at a brewpub on Father’s Day, and if there is a Formula One or IMSA race on, my son and I will watch it together. This year we’ll be watching the French Grand Prix.”
Russ is Kalamazoo's resident grillmaster, barbecue cookbook author and chief designer of the finest grills in the world.
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