May, 2008 – It is estimated that North Americans spend more than $1 billion each year buying an astounding 100 million neck ties. It is the gift synonymous with the annual celebration of the family patriarch, also known as Father’s Day. This year the USA Rice Federation proposes giving Dad a different kind of “Thai,” a meaty version that will appeal more to his taste buds than his sense of fashion.
For 2008, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 15th and some historians see this as the 100th anniversary for this day of recognition. According to History.com, the first known celebration was held July 5th, 1908 in Fairmount, West Virginia. It was commemorated at William Memorial Methodist Church at the suggestion of parishioner Grace Golden Clayton to honour the lives of 361 men who perished in an explosion in nearby Monongah that previous December.
Modern day celebrations of Father’s Day are as individual and unique as families, though most include the bestowing of gifts accompanied by heartfelt greeting cards. However, since the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, USA Rice suggests gifting a Thai Rib Eye with Rice Dinner. This entire Dad’s Day feast features a grilled rib-eye steak infused with a decadent Thai-inspired marinade, a shiitake mushroom rice with hints of fresh coriander and lime and curry seasoned green beans topped with toasted shredded coconut. This entire meal can be done right on the grill and paired with your Dad’s favourite ice cold pale lager.
Along with USA Rice, beer, beef and barbeque make an unbeatable present for Dad. When celebrating this centurial Father’s Day, break out of a 100-year gifting slump. Spice up this year’s fête with a bit of international flare and give your Dad a Thai he won’t soon forget.
Easily prepared in advance and excellent as leftovers, rice is the perfect pantry staple. From salads and starters to mains and desserts, using rice along side other wholesome ingredients delivers on today’s culinary desires – nutrient rich, flavourful and fuss-free.