About

Hello and welcome to my site, my name is Peter Minakis and here’s where you will find some basic info on this site. First of all, allow me to tell you what “Kalofagas” means. In Greek, it’s a “gourmet”. I am a Canadian of Greek descent, born here in Toronto, love traveling (especially to Greece), I have pet cockatiels who are also prolific breeders, enjoy a quiet night at home or going out to be a tourist in my own city. In case you haven’t wondered…I love food and this will become more evident as I write my installments.

All the food (unless otherwise noted) has been cooked by me, and photos are now been captured with a Canon Powershot S100. Earlier photos in the blog were taken with a Canon Powershot S90 and earlier with A530.

 

 

Media/Events/Product/Samples/Reviews/Travel

Although this site focuses on Greek and Mediterranean food, I do also like to eat my way through Toronto, surrounding areas and of course Canada and the United States. Here at home in Toronto, I consider myself a “tourist in my own town” discovering the food and entertainment scene that seems to be changing every day.

I welcome invites to attend openings of new restaurants, eateries, taverns, markets and diners, hotels and bars, clubs and other venues in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). If you have a new product that you would like me sample/review, I am open to your suggestions. I’d love to cover an event/milestone for your venue or establishment and I do travel! Contact me (Peter Minakis) at truenorth67 AT gmail dot com.

I do not accept nor post/publish “canned” blog posts nor am I willing to entertain offers. Everything on this blog is written by me and I do not see this changing.

I love learning about new cultures, their cuisines, food, ingredient, cooking techniques and new recipes. If you have a food-related book or cookbook you would like me to review, I’m game!

Catering/Events/Cooking

Recap, Politiki Kouzina/Constantinople dinner

Recap of Thessaloniki-themed dinner - SOLD OUT

Santorini-themed dinner recap, sold-out event with 65 guests

Greek Supper Club guests treated to a dinner centered around whole lamb on the spit

Mastiha-themed dinner in New York City sold out with 54 dinner guests

Kalofagas cooks a Messinia-inspired menu for fundraising dinner

Recap of Greek Lenten Dinner

Greek Carnival Dinner covered by SNAP Toronto

Traveled to Buffalo, NY to cook to a sold out crowd of 50

Recap of a dinner inspired by Ancient Greek Food and Wine

Food critic James Chatto loves the Kalofagas souvlaki at Yakitori Toronto

Cauliflower Stifado appears in House of Wine web portal of Athens, Greece

Cooked a Big Fat Greek Supper for Reel Eats dinner & movie series

Ladenia recipe and interview featured in July 2012 issue of Stahl Magazine (Hungary)

Hosted an exclusive Greek fish and seafood dinner on a rooftop of a condo in downtown Toronto

Currently leading walking “foodie” tours of Toronto’s Danforth/Greektown

Recently began selling Greek street food to over 1500 guests/attendees at the Toronto Underground Market

I also do catering for dinner parties to larger gatherings. Looking for someone to cook that Greek feast for you? You need something from this site cooked for you on a large scale? I can help. If you’re a restaurant looking to overhaul your menu, I’d love to be part of the process. I am also keen on cooking demonstrations featuring some of the most authentic and delicious Greek recipes out there. Contact me (Peter Minakis) at truenorth67 AT gmail dot com.

Regional Greek cooking is alive and well: capacity dinner featuring a menu inspired by Florina with Kir Yanni wines

Another SOLD OUT Greek Supper Club cooked by me for 30 guests. This dinner’s theme was “an Evening in the Cyclades”

Have a look at “An Evening in Greece’, a dinner event I organized with Toronto’s Estiatorio Malena

Another glowing recount of my dinner at Estiatorio Malena.

My presence in TV, print, web media

Toronto’s Peter Minaki now deals with stocks…in a pot (National Herald, US)

Minaki’s Mediterranean mission (Neo Cosmos, Australia)

Kalofagas Supper Clubs mentioned in Zagat Toronto Guide

Interview printed in northen Greece’s premier newspaper, Makedonia

enikos.gr covers my Thessaloniki me Meraki dinner

Minima Ellas (Greece) covers Thessaloniki Dinner

Nooz.gr covers my Thessaloniki Supper Club

Egnatia Post covers My Thessaloniki Greek Supper Club

ThessalonikiOut covers my Greek Supper Club

Thessaloniki-themed Greek dinner is included in Thessaloniki Food Festival events

Canadian Greek Food Blogger A Veritable Ambassador of Greek Cuisine

Now contributing monthly food columns to InsideToronto.com

The Buffalo News picks up on my Big Fat Greek Dinner in Williamsville, NY

For Kalofagas, Christmas comes early

Winner of the Taco Takedown competition at this year’s Hot & Spicy festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront

Greek Salad Recipe featured in the Sigona Farmer’s Market newsletter

Three of my recipes featured in the Australian Summer Issue of Opa! magazine

Recipes featured in Canadian food magazine “Eat In Eat Out”

Blog post of my stay in Naxos and witnessing a traditional Greek wedding on the island was re-printed in National Chronicle (Ethnikos Kyrix)

Christmas recipes featured on a colour two-page spread in the Australian-based OPA! Magazine

Vassilopita recipe featured in 2011 Holiday Favourites edition in Canadian Living Magazine

Featured in Chicago’s Greek Star article on Greek Food Blogs

Article feature in the web portal for SKAI Greek TV station

Article in SKAI TV’s web portal relating Good Friday rites in Toronto’s Greek-Orthodox community

Potato Salad recipe shared on SKAI TV’s web portal

Article featured in Tachydromos, monthly magazine included in Greece’s major daily TA NEA

Frequently contribute recipes to Nostimies, Greece’s Free Press gastronomy web portal

Interview on Wandering Educators web site

Granted a phone interview with restauranteur/Chef Michael Psilakis

Given an interview with Canadian chef/TV personality Christine Cushing

Filmed cooking segments for a full day in Athens with Film Producer/Writer/Director Dimitri Vorris

Recipe for Amaretto Mousse featured on Greek chef/TV personality Dina Nikolaou’s show

Cooked a pasta on chef Dina Nikolaou’s cooking show on STAR TV

Cheese Pies, Stuffed Peppers, Orange Pie, Homemade Bread, Pistachio-crusted Sole cooking segments featured on Greek-Canadian TV show “Edo Kai Tora”

 

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220 Pitfield Road

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