Move over Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dalí, there's a new artist on the block. One San Francisco dad has been turning heads with his creative spin on packed lunches.
Beau Coffron has a full-time job in addition to being married with three kids. That hasn't stopped the Lunchbox Dad from whipping up some tasty creations that have left us in awe. HLN spoke with Coffron to learn what spurs him to create such tasty treats.
HLN: Can you give us a little background on how you came up with the concept for these lunches?
Coffron: I was looking for a way to connect with my daughter when she started kindergarten. I wanted her to know that her dad was thinking about her as she went through her school day. I saw some moms making fun lunches online and thought, "I'm a dad, why can't I do that?" So I started making them every Sunday night for my daughter to take to school on Monday. My son started kindergarten this year so he is now starting to get them as well.
HLN: About how long does it take to prepare a typical lunch box?
Coffron: It usually takes about 30 minutes depending on the design. However, I figure you are spending 10 minutes making a lunch anyway so why not spend a little more time and make fun memories with your child?
HLN: What was your kids' initial reaction to these lunches? Their friends? Now that your creations are viral, what has been the response from parents?
Coffron: My kids love when they get their fun lunches. It's one of their favorite days of the week. It also helps create conversations for us and helps me to pay close attention to what they are watching and reading. That is where I get my inspiration from. Their friends have a good time with it as well. In fact, when my daughter received the "Frozen" lunch her friends all started singing "Let It Go" in the cafeteria. As far as other parents, most everyone in person has been pretty positive about it. I have had my share of negative comments online but for those who know my family they really encourage it.