It’s nearly Father’s Day, and we here at Rewards Network want to celebrate these special men by sharing a few of our favorite food memories and moments — and some thoughts on how our fathers and fatherhood have changed our lives and our stomachs.
Angel Woods, Client Content Coordinator
“My Dad is all about presentation — he’s usually in a suit, and when he’s not, even his sweatpants look starched! His approach to cooking and food is no different. Growing up, he’d make these huge breakfasts and dinners for the family, but wouldn’t let us filch food here and there while we waited for him to finish. He always plates his creations and his attention to detail carries over to what I look for in a culinary experience. Does it look as good as it tastes?”
Drew Flippin, Graphic Designer
“As a kid, going out to eat with my family was a humiliating event. I would squirm in my seat as my Dad recycled his dumb joke on every poor, unsuspecting server:
‘Can I get you guys started with any appetizers?’
‘No thanks,” he’d say, ‘we’re already hungry.’
This classic Dad humor got the same response every time: a nervous chuckle. I was mortified. As I grew up, however, I began to develop an appreciation for his commitment to the joke. We were the audience, not the wait staff. The endearing lack of self-awareness was the joke.
I want bring that level of winking positivity to my work and life.”
Cheryl Parsons, Vice President, Marketing
“Big Bill (my dad) isms: Early bird catches the worm. Never ask anyone who works for you to do anything that you yourself would not do. Being kind is always the better route. Have faith, trust, and believe in yourself for I believe in you. My dad is the coolest person on earth, so I can go on forever! I would not be as happy in life as I am if he did not teach me to believe, love, trust, respect, and most of all have faith. But he is not a food guy. He’s a protein and veg man, simple is best, and make sure if you serve me food, that it’s hot. That is all he asks — except for a martini (Ketel One) on ice, with a twist and blue cheese olive! Although he makes the BEST Manhattan and Whiskey Sour in the world.”
Erin Boydell, Senior Consumer Marketing Specialist
“I think the best way to describe my Dad is that he is a creature of habit. He has his select favorite foods and restaurants and sticks by them, period. Getting him to try something new or different is always a task. I guess another word to describe my Dad is loyal. As a kid, I was subjected to ‘Spaghetti Mondays.’ Yes, EVERY SINGLE MONDAY that’s what was for dinner. Even though I rarely eat spaghetti to this day, I can see now how he finds comfort in the consistency. Now, whenever I go home, he grills his infamous burgers for me before I head back to the city and I have to say, I look forward to them every time.”
Deepanjan Datta, Front-End Lead
“As a kid, I always looked forward to the yearly trips my parents would take me on. Despite being on a budget, Dad insisted traveling would broaden my horizons about different cultures, often indulging in local delicacies and street food from roadside shacks. It began a life-long love for exploring a new city as much with my taste buds as with my eyes (and a knack for finding the best ‘hole-in-the-wall’ food joints).”
Linda Hays, Associate Marketing Manager
“My Dad was a food scientist and marketing director in the flavor industry. Growing up, he would often bring home samples of new products he was working on and use our family as his guinea pigs. This taught me two important lessons: 1) Don’t be afraid to try new things, and 2) feedback from others is so valuable in doing your best work. That’s why I’m the foodie and marketing professional I am today!”
Sean O’Donnell, Senior Email Marketing Specialist
“I remember when I was about 6 years old and had no front teeth, I was trying to eat a candy bar, but all I was succeeding in doing was melting the chocolate and making a mess. I couldn’t bite through it with my gums. My Dad took the nasty, slimy candy bar I was gumming and began to break it into little pieces and feeding it to me. It was a small thing he did, but it made an impression and I’ll never forget it.”
Danielle Desjardins, Lead Copywriter
“My Dad grew up in the Boston area, so he was accustomed to an entirely different cuisine than I was, as a Midwest kid. When we’d go to the East Coast to visit family, he would literally pick up littleneck clams from the beach and eat them raw. He calls them ‘sunshine and sea water on a half-shell.’ It was gross, but it did teach me a valuable lesson: sometimes delicacies are just plain gross-looking — but they’re still worth a try!”
Riscarte Bayon, Associate Loyalty Development Manager
“Dining as a dad with a 2-year-old: Selecting dessert at a restaurant becomes less about their crème brulee and more about their ability to make a toddler approved ice cream sundae … with sprinkles … and gummy bears. You quickly learn to keep gummy bears on hand in your baby bag.
You get more excited when you see options on a kid’s menu that aren’t nugget or tender shaped than finding a favorite hard to find beer on tap … but that is a very close second.
You are expected to know and utilize the latest trends in proper dinner etiquette including fishing for ice cubes with your spoon and wearing your cloth napkin as a Pirate bandana. But it elevates your dining experience tenfold.”
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