The Father’s Table: Desserts That Taste Good and Do Good


All dessert makers dream of sweet success, and The Father’s Table achieves that and a lot more with its mission to give back.

The Florida-based company specializes in creamy cheesecakes, home-style cake rolls and  single-serving snack bars available through Gordon Food Service. Their restaurant-quality specialty desserts and grab-and-go products offer something for just about everyone. 

“The company embodies the Goodfinds by Gordon pillars,” according to Kathy Perry, a Gordon Food Service North America Brands Specialist. “They have a positive impact on their local community as well as national and international communities by donating 50% of their profits to women’s and children’s charities worldwide through The Father’s Table Foundation.”

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The desire to create decadent desserts and help people in need were instilled from the start. When Dan Gilardi and his family purchased a small bakery in 1998, they envisioned becoming an industry leader.

With the help of dedicated, hard-working employees, that vision has materialized. In just 25 years, The Father’s Table has expanded from small bakery offerings to taste-tempting products sold in the Gordon Food Service Store or served in restaurants and school lunch programs.

From the beginning, the focus was on using top-quality ingredients to create one-of-a-kind treats. Every dessert is baked from scratch, calling on real cream cheese, pure vanilla, real sour cream and more. In fact, every dessert checks some of the boxes important to foodservice operators and consumers:

  • All products are free from high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils.
  • All desserts carry OUD kosher certification.
  • The company is annually audited by the U.S. military, recently receiving high distinction.
  • The company holds Level 2 SQF certification from the Global Food Safety Institute.
  • The company is a member of The American Baking Institute.

The Father’s Table also has a dedicated research team, constantly looking to create new dessert concepts and improve on sustainability processes.

Desserts That Taste Good and Do Good

The company’s commitment to quality and sustainability is only part of the reason why The Father’s Table fits the Goodfinds by Gordon portfolio. 

Goodfinds highlights companies that believe foods should taste good and do good, too. Purposeful measures such as a focus on sustainability, calling on improved farming technologies, finding new processes and giving back are all part of the story.

It’s a story foodservice operators can share on their menus or in their messaging, alerting consumers about practices that are important to them. In addition to creating desserts that provide a memorable dining experience, The Father’s Table also improves the lives of others by supporting:

  • Adult education and job readiness.
  • Agricultural development.
  • Antiretroviral and HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Child education.
  • Disaster relief.
  • Employee assistance.
  • Food security and famine relief.
  • Homelessness initiatives.
  • Shelters for domestic violence victims.
  • Water and sanitation initiatives.

Signature Desserts Are at Your Fingertips

The Father’s Table credits much of its success to the people who work there. They are inspired to feed the needs of hungry diners with their desserts and improve the lives of others through their generous giving. 

The thaw-and-serve desserts they create are delectable on their own, or they can be dressed up in your kitchen to create a signature dessert guests will admire, photograph and tell friends on social media. It all adds up to more business for the sweetest spot on the menu. Click here to shop some of their products!

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