Tsiknopempti – Greek Carnival Feast in Toronto

Join me on Thursday, Feb.16th for Tsiknopempti…Fat Thursday in Greece. The

name Tsiknopempti (Burnt Thursday) refers to the smell of charcoal and grilled meats, wafting through the air, everywhere in Greece!

Apokries (Carnival) has already kicked-off in Greece and Greeks have begun the revelry, the eating, drinking and dancing. I’ve created a menu that will bring the tastes of Greek Carnival to you…from the street foods that feed the parade goers to the taverna dishes that satiate the partiers.

Carnival is a tradition in Greece since ancient times. It is believed to have begun as way of worshipping Dionysus, God of wine and feasts. The Greek word for Carnival is Apokries: saying farewell to meat – Apochi apo Kreas. Apokries.

Nisos Importing will provide Cretan olive oil and many specialty Greek ingredients for the menu and Victory Wines & Spirits will be selecting the wines and beverages for the evening:

KEO Beer from Cyprus

Fteri Moschofilero (white) from Troupis Winery

Victory I – Agiorghitiko from Kalamata

Fteri Rose from Troupis Winery

Please join me at a new venue, the Paint Box Bistro on Dundas East (Toronto) as we celebrate the many wonderful meat dishes in Greek cuisine…too many to include in this menu but enough to make you want to come with family & friends. Buffet slacks recommended!




Warm pita & homemade Bread

Bouyiourdi (baked Feta and Kasseri in terra cotta)

Char-grilled & roasted sweet & hot peppers

Duck Souvlaki with Pomegranate Glaze

Greek Poutine (Fries topped with grated Kefalotryri and Stifado Sauce)

Chicken Wings tou Kalofaga with Lemon, Thyme & Honey

1st Course – Kale and Cauliflower Salad, Truffle Oil 

2nd Course – Kebab Yiaourtlou (Minced Beef/Lamb Kebab on warm pita bread topped with yogurt and tomato sauce)

Main Course – Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Roasted Smashed Potatoes, Apple Skordalia

Dessert – Chocolate Tart with Caramel served with Coffee

*Menu subject to change

**You must email me at truenorth67@gmail.com with the names of the people in your party to be seated together

***Tickets for full dinner plus wine-pairings for the entire meal is $95.00 (plus handling fee)

****Dinner only ticket available upon request


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Peter Minakis

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