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.
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!
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
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