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National Men Make Dinner Day

Man Cooking at Stove

When is Men National Make Dinner Day? This holiday is observed on the 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 to respond by cooking 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!

How to Celebrate National Men Make Dinner Day

  • Guys, cook an elaborate meal while your wife is in the other room relaxing.
  • Ladies, sit back and enjoy a glass of wine.
  • Guys, after dinner, you do the dishes.

Dos and Don'ts for Making Dinner

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

  • Take-out and prepared foods are not 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 prove you can cook.
  • To broaden your horizon and skill set.
  • To score points

Related Holidays

Housewife Day – another opportunity to treat your soul mate in a special way.

Today's Quote

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – – Confucius

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.

Definition of “National” Days

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