Father's Day Recipe Ideas From Local Dads - Stamford Moms

Still trying to decide what to make dad to eat on Father’s Day? We checked with a couple of our favorite Stamford eateries, which also happen to be owned be dads for recipe suggestions that are also family friendly. Check them out below!

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Jean is the owner and Executive Chef at Soul Tasty. This recipe for meatballs and tomato sauce is a special one because was passed down from his grandmother to his mother to him! Jean says he ate this as a child and now feeds it to my daughter… and she loves it!

Jean is the second youngest of four; with parents who worked full time, his mom taught him a few of her “kitchen necessities” so that he could cook for himself and his brothers. Through this independence, he also gained a love for being in the kitchen. At a young age, Jean enjoyed being the reason someone else was smiling and his passion in the kitchen grew into a desire make it his career.

Jean went on to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts from the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Hartford, CT, as well as, study abroad for almost two years at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners. Through this experience, he combined his traditional Haitian background with his trained knowledge and created delectable, mouthwatering signature dishes.

Jeans takes pride in everything that he does, his attention to details and creative energy is poured into every dish he creates, and every event he plans. As he loves to quote “Keep God first, everything else will fall in line!”


2 lbs ground beef
1 lb mild italian sausage
3/4 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
2 eggs
5 oz parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2, 28 oz cans of tomato sauce
3, 28 oz cans of whole stewed tomatoes
2 sticks butter
3 white onions, cut in half
2 lbs of your favorite pasta

Tomato & Basil Salad with Shrimp (Sicilian Style)

Tino is the owner for T’s Wine Bar & Kitchen. He loves this recipe for Tomato & Basil Salad (Sicilian Style) because it’s simple easy and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Plus, it’s hearty and full of fresh easy grown ingredients that you can have grown in your yard.

Tino is a dad of four. He came up with this recipe because he was making a tomato and basil salad (Sicilian style) and had some left over basil and tomato so he started to think. On the right of him was a bag of  shrimp so then took bag of shrimp with basil and tomatoes  and added cream i was in love. From there it was a special and then turned into a big hit at restaurant so called it T’s Shrimp.


12 shrimp size 13×15
Hot pan
Olive oil
Thinly sliced garlic
Diced fresh plum tomatoes
2 hand fulls of basil
1 cup of heavy cream
Half cup of milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Pinch of Orageno
Tablespoon of pecoroni Roman or parmesan


  1. Sauté the first five ingredients in the hot pan.
  2. Add the next seven ingredients and reduce down to a boil until there are many tiny bubbles or cook until thickened.
  3. Enjoy!

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