Six Last-Minute Father’s Day Meal Ideas

Indonesian street food, a pig roast, and 'tailgate' tarts from Stephanie Cmar's Party of Two.

Soon Spoon’s Pop-Up Indonesian Beer Dinner 
Start celebrating early with a underground pop-up dinner sponsored by Soon Spoon and Kitchensurfing. The two companies are teaming up to throw a five-course family style Indonesian dinner with beer pairings chosen by beer writer Gabe Bellegard Bastos. Chef Retno Pratiwi, a Kitchensurfing chef who specializes in Indonesian Street Food, has created a menu featuring unique dishes such as Combro (deep fried grated cassava filled with a spicy sambal tempeh) and Krim Mangga Ketan Item (mango coconut cream with sweet black rice). The family-style dinner will be open to 30 people who purchase tickets through Eventbrite and will take place at a secret location in Brookline that will be revealed to ticket holders 48 hours before the event.

$55 per person, June 14, 6 p.m., secret location in Brookline;

Classic Clam Bake at Pier 6
Treat Dad to a good old fashioned New England clam bake at Pier 6 in Charlestown. For $25, the waterfront destination is offering an all you can eat clam bake featuring a steamer bag chock full of mussels, corn, potatoes, and of course, all the bivalves you can stomach. Enjoy fresh seafood and local ingredients while taking in the views of the Boston Harbor and the city skyline. In addition to the traditional New England clam bake, the restaurant will also be offering their regular brunch and dinner options.

$25 per person  (reservations required), June 15, noon-3 p.m., 18th St., Charlestown;; 617-337-0054 or   

Stacked Donuts and Trademark Tarts Pop-Up at Sweet Basil
Wake up extra early and surprise the old man with a box full of Justin Burke-Samson’s “tailgate” tarts topped with chocolate fudge, potato chips, pretzels, and salted caramel. Burke-Samson and his Party of Two business partner, Stephanie Cmar, are conducting their latest Stacked Donuts and Trademark Tarts pop-up at Sweet Basil in Needham. Other options will include a strawberry cheesecake tart and Cmar’s ginger beer, lemon poppy seed, and mocha doughnuts. Coffee and music will be provided by Sweet Basil. The cash-only event begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends when the treats are sold out.
$3 per donut or tart, June 15, 10:30 a.m., 942 Great Plain Ave., Needham; 781-444-9600 or

Brunch at Tryst
Chef Paul Turano’s Father’s Day prix fixe brunch menu is guaranteed to feature some of Dad’s favorites with items such as huevos rancheros, shrimp tacos, steak and eggs, and Iggy’s bagels with gravlax. The two-course menu also includes a complimentary Bloody Mary or non-alcoholic cranberry ginger kiss. And if Dad wants to sleep in, Tryst also has a dinner menu with a variety of satisfying specials like bourbon marinated steak tips and a short rib grilled cheese.

June 15 (reservations are highly recommended), 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner from 4:30- 9 p.m., 689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-641-2227 or

3rd Annual Father’s Day Pig Roast at the Liberty Hotel
Clink inside the Liberty Hotel will hosting its third annual Father’s Day pig roast complete with live music by Conscious Reggae, Michter’s bourbon, Louis Martini cabernet, and even a hand rolled cigar for the man of the hour. Sip cocktails and wine in the hotel’s private outdoor courtyard while chef Joseph Margate prepares the main course, a spit roasted heritage-breed pig served alongside plenty of small bites and artisanal side dishes.

$50 per person/$25 for food only, June 15, 5-8 p.m., 215 Charles St., Boston; 617-224-4000 or

A Father’s Day Themed Cooking Class At Rialto Restaurant
Jody Adams, the nationally acclaimed chef and co-owner of Rialto in Cambridge, will host a special Father’s Day themed cooking class titled “Rialto Knows Best – Dad’s Favorite Dishes.” To help celebrate, she’s selected some dishes from her book, In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant, such as her signature Tuscan-style sirloin with parmesan, lemon, and truffle oil. Adams will demonstrate four courses worth of food, while offering tips and techniques from her cookbook. The class is followed by a sit-down lunch where guests can enjoy dishes like grilled clams, lobster and corn chowder, and Provencal hot chocolate creams. Patrick Dubsky, Rialto’s manager and in-house wine expert, will pair wines with each course and guests will receive a signed copy of Adams’ book.

$125 per person, June 15, 11 a.m., 1 Bennett St., Cambridge; 617-661-5050 or