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National Men Make Dinner Day

Men Mske Dinner Day

Date When Celebrated : First Thursday in November

National Men Make Dinner Day was created  for two reasons. First, it is to give the ladies a break from the cooking chores. Secondly, it seeks to encourage men who do not cook, to learn to cook, beginning by making a meal on this day. Of course, even men who do cook, should celebrate this day by making a meal. For the experienced male cook, we encourage you to make something challenging.


According to Sandy Sharkey, the creator of this holiday, she recognized that most men do in fact cook, but her husband was not one of them. She said "This day is now dedicated to the men who do not know a spatula from a whisk.". Did this cause her husband respond by cooking a dinner for the first time? He sure did! For ladies with husbands attempting to cook for the first time, Sharkey advises : "Just make sure the fire extinguisher is nearby". 


Some people call this Make Your Wife Dinner Day. But, this day is not limited to husbands. It's for all of you guys out there in a relationship, married or not.

Okay guys, be a sport. Give the ladies in your life a break. Set them in their favorite chair in the living room, put a glass of wine in their hands, and tune the TV to their favorite "Chick Flick". Then, grab a beer, find a recipe and make dinner all by yourself!

Here are a few Do's and Don'ts for making the meal:

  • The Golden Rule: Women can not assist in the meal. Rookie male cooks need to do it all by themselves, to gain a sense of accomplishment.

  • No take out or prepared foods are allowed.

  • No grilling. After all, you've been telling yourself for years, that grilling is Man's turf.

  • If you've never cooked before, make it simple. If you like to cook, do something challenging.

  • Prepare something that your lady likes.

  • The meal must include a dessert. May we suggest easy to make jello? Add a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry.

  • You must clean up all the pots pans and mixing bowls used in preparing the meal.

Why Should Men Cook Today?

  • Because you love your wife or partner.

  • To broaden your horizon and skill set.

  • To score points!

Also See: Housewife Day - another opportunity to treat your soul mate in a special way.

History and Origin of National Men Make Dinner Day:

This special holiday was created in 1998 by Sandy Sharkey from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

According to Sharkey, she created National Men Make Dinner Day just for fun. She said "It was started as a joke. My girlfriend's husbands were always cooking for them.... and my husband didn't know how to     cook , nor did he have the desire. But since he's wonderful in every other way, and very enthusiastic about challenges, I created the day, wrote some rules, and presented him with a print-out of this very special day and asked if he would consider participating. He did."    

There are no Presidential or Congressional proclamations making this an official "National" day.

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