Roundup – Taste of Chios Greek Supper Club

ka0_5172This past summer I finally got to explore the alluring island of Chios. The island is located in the North Aegean and within site of the Turkish coast. Wealthy Greek ship owners and diaspora Chians have kept this island to themselves until recently.

I was in awe of its beautiful landscape, the diverse beaches ranging from sand to pebbles to black stones! The food was incredible with obvious influences from Asia Minor Greeks who resettled on Chios, the Genovese and of course accents of mastiha and mandarin in many dishes.dscf7692

A couple of weeks ago I cooked a  Chios-inspired Greek Supper Club with wine pairings from United Stars. Greek olive oil and many other Greek specialty items were provided by Nisos Importing and table water from Theoni Canada.

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Appetizers:

ka0_5156Cheese Croquettes with Mastiha

dscf7661Kefetedes Chiopolitiki with Ouzo (drunken meatballs)

dscf7654Kotopita with Chicken, Mastiha and Mushrooms (phyllo pie)

ka0_5212paired with Pavlou Estate Rose

ka0_52171st course: Beet Salad with Green Apples, Kopansti Cheese Dressing

paired with Lykos Pop Art White

ka0_52752nd Course: Herisia Chios Makaronia (homemade pasta) with Buttery Cherry Tomatoes, Mandarin & Grated Cheese

ka0_5234paired with Lykos Pop Art Red

ka0_5330Main Course: Braised Beef Kokkinisto on a bed of Smoked Eggplant Puree

paired with Pavlou Estate Xinomavro 2009

ka0_5408Dessert: Mastiha-scented Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta topped with Mandarin Preserve

paired with Cavino Mavrodaphne

Here’s some more photos from the evening. Thank you very much to all who attended, see you at the next dinner Nov.13th.

 

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