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Nov. 3: National Men Make Dinner Day

Thursday, Nov. 3 is National Men Make Dinner Day--a day created to encourage men who are not typically in the kitchen.

According to the website describing the holiday, recipes and ideas from men who already cook, are welcomed. However, this holiday is truly designed for those who are a bit more intimidated by the kitchen.   

A few important rules described on the site include:

  • The main meal must include a minimum of four ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork.
  • Men must go shopping for all necessary ingredients. Bonus points if he takes inventory of cupboards and fridge first, so you don't end up with two 64 ounce jars of pickled pimentos.
  • Men must create the meal unassisted. The family should stay away from the kitchen (unless the smoke detector goes off).
  • Wearing an apron is optional, but bonus points are given if the recipe includes one of the following: capers, saffron, or the word 'scallopini'.
  • Men set the table, and pour the beverages.  No ketchup bottles, sour cream containers, or big boxes of salt on the table.
  • Men must also clear the table before being given access to the TV remote.    

While there may not be time to become completely "kitchen-savvy" by tonight, there is always hope for next year.  Westminster’s own Giulianova Groceria, owned and operated by Bill Schroeder, may come to the rescue with fun and educational cooking classes offered year-round.

Classes are typically held on the third Thursday of the month.  Schroeder explains that he prides himself on entertaining, yet also on teaching solid cooking techniques. Class attendees not only learn to cook, they also get to eat  a five-course, affordable, locally sourced meal. 

Don't have a partner? Don't worry, Schroeder said these classes are equally beneficial for singles.

“Cooking is a great way to get chicks,” Schroeder joked. 

For men who are still a bit intimidated but set on surprising a woman with  delicious food, Schroeder is also offering to sell a dish from Giulianova that one can attempt to disguise as homemade in a kitchen pot. 

“I’ll even give them a marinara-soaked apron,” Schroeder said.

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