And with Father’s Day right around the corner, we think it’s the perfect opportunity to specifically curate some favorite edible (and drinkable) gift ideas from Black-owned food companies we love. Just order online and have your gifts delivered right to your favorite dad, stepdad, granddad, godfather, or other father figure in your life!
While you’re at it, check out these ways you can support Black-owned restaurants in your community as well with take-out meals for Father’s Day, cool merch as gifts, or gift cards to be used at a later date.
What’s most important though: This isn’t a one-time kind of thing that fades in a month or two. If you tend to order from the same places every time you need a gift, look at this as an opportunity to seek out some incredible new brands and shops, and diversify your list of resources. You are guaranteed to find a few new favorites!
Top photo: Dope Coffee
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18 Father’s Day food gift ideas from Black-owned businesses
Spices, marinades, and other condiments from Black-owned businesses
EssieSauce Signature Sauce collection
Originally from Ghana and now settled in the U.S., Essie Bartels’ unique and delicious spices and sauces are created using ingredients from her Ghanian farm partners. And this four-pack Signature Sauce Collection is such a great pantry addition for the adventurous home-chef dad who can use these in place of more traditional spice blends. Or try out some of the recipes created to highlight each unique jar.
Summertime Vibes variety box
($100, Spice Suite)
Activist, home cook, educator, fashion icon, and mom Angel Anderson’s highly rated and gorgeous Spice Suite may be located in DC, but lucky dads everywhere can get an entire box of spices and sauces that go perfectly with the flavors of summer. Choose the hot sauces, condiments, barbecue blends, and rubs he’d like most and he’ll be all set to take over the cooking for the entire summer. At least that ‘s what we’re hoping.
JohnTom’s Barbecue Sauce gift pack
Is Dad as excited about grilling season as we are? Then Indiana’s JohnTom’s Barbecue Sauce Gift Pack makes a great Father’s Day gift with one bottle each of Original, Sneaky Hot, and Hoosier Heat all in a cardboard carry box. The sauces have a a terrific backstory too: Founder Lathay Pegues came up with the delicious formula for JohnTom’s by testing and retesting batches of sauce until he could replicate his late grandfather’s unwritten recipe. Clearly he got it right, since it was named Best Barbecue by Indiana Monthly. Order now, then stick a bow on the top, and you’ve got a finger-licking Father’s Day gift.
Customized 6-pack of sauces
(from $48, Cutino Sauce Co)
If dad likes it hot, he will love the flavors found in Cutino Sauce Co’s little bottles. Grab him one in each flavor or grab him six bottles of his favorite so he’ll have enough for months of recipes. Based in hot, hot, hot Phoenix, Cutino Sauce is a partnership between original founder Jacob Cutino and renowned chef Chris Bianco.
Gourmet Burger Marinade and Sauce four pack
($53.97, Charleston Gourmet Burger Co.)
If Dad is always on the quest to make the perfect burger, grab this Gourmet Burger Marinade and Sauce four pack from Charleston Gourmet Burger Co. and watch him get to work at the grill. Created by burger and entertaining enthusiasts Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano, each pack includes their special burger sauces and burger marinades — enough for the entire summer of burger making.
Truffles & Caviar gift set
Splurge on a decadent gift box of caviar and truffles from NYC’s Trufflin, a company that’s gotten a ton of buzz for its amazing truffles and truffle-based condiments. Featured in our post 20 of the most delicious Valentine’s food gifts that go beyond a box of chocolates, Trufflin’s high-quality products are served in restaurants like Le Bernadin, Eleven Madison Park, and Masa. I love how founders Cornelious Robinson and Liv Woudstra-Robinson have created products that will taste great at those places, but also make his movie-night popcorn or Sunday morning eggs taste amazing.
($44, preorder now, ships on 6.17, Trade Street Jam)
If you don’t typically see your dad right on Father’s Day or he can wait a bit for a food gift that’s worth it, pre-order Trade Street Jam Co’s Jamteenth Bundle for a later June delivery. Dad will receive a bunch of delicious goodies from Black businesses in celebration of Juneteenth, including Trade Street Jam’s sweet-spicy pineapple hot sauce. It’s a great price for such a unique gift too.
Beverage gifts from Black-owned businesses
Man of Great Taste gift set
($55, Dope Coffee)
If he can’t get his day going without a cup of coffee, treat him to the Dope Coffee Man of Great Taste gift set. It features three coffee samples to try, as well as other goodies including a delicious concentrated organic coffee syrup, which you can also buy separately. Based in Atlanta, Dope Coffee not only roasts their own beans but uses coffee by-products to make body-care products like the beard and scalp serum which is included in this set as well.
Tea Gift Box
($34.99, Brooklyn Tea)
Whether he’s a seasoned tea drinker or a brand new sipper, Brooklyn Tea Gift Set makes a great gift for Father’s Day. With four pouches of loose-leafed teas — you pick the variety — plus an infuser, they taste delicious hot or iced. Though you may not be able to replicate the peaceful zen of their Bedford Stuyvesant Tea Room, maybe gift him a pair of noise-cancelling headphones so he can close his eyes and pretend. PS They have some great merch too — maybe a daddy-and-me onesie and tee set for a new dad or grandpa on Father’s Day?.
Mix Case of Wines
($185, Maison Noir Wines)
Much more than a cool label, Oregon’s Maison Noir Wines was recently named a James Beard Award 2020 Semi-Finalist in the Best Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer. Launched in 2007, sought-after sommelier André Hueston Mack gives traditional varietals a modern twist with names like “Knock on Wood” and “O.P.P.” (That’s uh, Other’s People’s Pinot. What were you thinking?) Buy a few bottles to toast to a father in your life, or grab the Mix Case of 12 wines pictured above which he can enjoy the rest of the summer.
Wine Collection Trio
($56.02, McBride Sisters)
Love this trio of wines available at a great price from California’s McBride Sisters. Dad can enjoy a glass of sparkling brut rosé one evening at the beach, then chardonnay with some fresh-caught fish, and finally the earthy red blend with a hot-off-the-grill steak this summer. Lots of other options and varietals available too though we love the affordability of this trio.
Uncle Nearest Whiskey
($49-$59 a bottle, Reserve Bar)
Want to gift a bottle of whiskey with a remarkable history? Check out Uncle Nearest Whiskey, based on the recipe and process of the first known African-American master distiller — who happened to be an enslaved man in Tennessee. Though Nathan “Nearest” Green taught his process to Jack Daniel in the late 1800’s, guess who got all the notoriety? Uncle Nearest’s story wasn’t widely shared until recently and we love that it’s finally getting the attention it deserves.
The brand itself was created in 2017 by CEO, historian, and author Fawn Weaver who is committed to bringing Uncle Nearest’s name, and the quality of the product, to the forefront of Tennessee Whiskey . And it looks like it’s working — Uncle Nearest just won the 2020 World Whiskies Awards from Whiskey Magazine for best Tennessee Whiskey. A bottle makes a great gift–and story–for Father’s Day.
LS Haitian Cream Liqueur
(approximately $26, depending on retailer)
Using the base of a traditional Haitian crema, LS Cream Liqueur combines coconut, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon mixed with a blend of fresh cream and neutral grain spirits for something uniquely delicious. Great to sip on the rocks or added to a recipe, this bottle makes a nice gift at a good price. And we love that founders Myriam Jean-Baptiste and Stevens Charles have never forgotten their roots, partnering with Hope for Haiti to fund water filtration systems for communities on the island.
Sweet gifts from Black-owned businesses
Signature Series chocolate gift box
(from $39 for 6 piece box, Philip Ashley Chocolates)
As pretty as gemstones, Philip Ashley Chocolates are exquisite on both the outside and the inside — just like Dad, right? Developed by designer chocolatier Chef Phillip Ashley Rix and shipped from Tennessee, flavors include such outrageous combos as Browned Butter Bourbon Pecan, Nutella Espresso, Thai Curry Cashew, Sweet Potato Walnut Praline, and Cherry Pomegranate Molasses. Just be sure they’re picked up as soon as they’re delivered to keep them cool and fresh.
They also offer other sweet treats that make great Father’s Day food gifts, including a cool collab with Uncle Nearest Whiskey. And if dad is really adventurous, grab him the incredibly creative Soul Food collection that includes ingredients like collard greens, corn bread, fried chicken, hot sauce, and banana pudding!
Barrel-aged bonbons in traditional Shou Sugi Ban wooden box
(from $74, My Chocolate Secret)
This Dallas chocolatier really goes all out with this collection of barrel-aged, handcrafted chocolate bonbons flavored with spirits like Macallan 18 Year Old Triple Cask Matured Whisky, Casa Dragones Tequila, or one of six other liquors. Great grown-up treat you won’t need to share with the kids. And it’s packaged in the most beautiful Shou Sugi Ban wooden box, you won’t need to wrap it at all.
If you live near Dallas, The Chocolate Secrets wine shop and cafe looks like a great spot to hear some live music or listen to a local speaker while indulging a bit. Maybe pencil in a date with dad to go along with his chocolate treats.
(from $19.99, The Furlough Cheesecake)
Want a great story to serve with some rich cheesecake on Father’s Day? The Furlough Cheesecake was launched at the start of 2019 during the government furlough (remember that?) when two government employees — who also happened to be sisters — decided to pivot, and sell their own delicious cheesecakes online. Within weeks, they’d been featured everywhere from Ellen to The Oprah Magazine website and it turned into a bona fide business.
Purists will love their Original flavor cheesecake, though I think their Chocolate Swirl (shown) and Banana Pudding Cheesecakes look pretty incredible. Check out their website to see the other flavors they offer.
Oh, and no, the sisters did not return to their government jobs.
Vegan cookie assortments
($28+, Maya’s Vegan Cookies)
Vegan dads, we’ve got you covered! San Diego’s Maya’s Cookies may be entirely plant-based, but all reports are that they’re delicious enough to win over any dad this Father’s Day. Check out their variety collections packed with marble fudge, chocolate chip s’mores, snickerdoodle, and birthday cake cookies. Or order their colorful Pride collection of vegan sugar cookies which benefits the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
The shop is helmed by a mom of three boys (you know we have a soft spot for mom-owned businesses), and Maya’s cookies regularly top all the SoCal “best of” lists so we feel pretty confident dad will love a box of these cookies.
Caribbean Black Cake
(from $51.50, The Black Cake Company)
I’d only recently learned of The Black Cake Company, and now all I can think about is their dense and decadent Caribbean Black Cake. Made in Brooklyn from Angela Price’s recipe using plenty of burnt sugar, dried fruits, rum, wine, and spices, this special occasion cake should make dad feel like he’s won the Father’s Day food gift lottery. And, heck, maybe you can promise to take him to the Caribbean next year to really celebrate his day.