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Mamakas Taverna on Ossington

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
Mamakas Taverna on Ossington

Torontonians have one more reason to visit Ossington and it comes from Thanos Tripi, a friend who’s been planning this opening for two years and finally, we have Mamakas Taverna. Mamakas derives from the Greek word “Mamakias”,  meaning mama’s boy. This casual restaurant seats 85, the space is long with an open kitchen and a […]



Recap of Thymiopoulos Dinner

Oct 21st, 2014 | By
Recap of Thymiopoulos Dinner

This past Sunday, I cooked a meal inspired from the cuisine of Naoussa to complement the wines of Thymiopoulos Vineyards. Our guests loved the wines and the Moschato Tsipouro from Tirnavo. My thanks go out to Apostolos Thymiopoulos and Nicole Artopoulos of Victory Wines here in Toronto. The dinner was set in Toronto’s St. Lawrence […]



An Evening of Greek Country Cooking

Oct 13th, 2014 | By
An Evening of Greek Country Cooking

  I am delighted to announce An Evening of Greek Country Cooking at The Urban Pantry, Uxbridge’s contemporary Canadian eatery, nestled in the country, just 45 minutes from the city. Greek-owned and supporters of the Kalofagas Supper Clubs, I am looking forward to sharing these comforting Greek dishes on Sunday, November 16th. Together we’ll enjoy […]



Recap – Greek Supper Club at The Manor

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
Recap –  Greek Supper Club at The Manor

The weather gods cooperated this past Sunday and the rain held off long enough for me to host an outdoor Greek Supper Club at The Manor on Bayview. I brought the grill and we all enjoyed a whole grilled lavraki (European sea bass), flown straight from Greece, courtesy of Selonda Aquaculture. The fish was dressed […]



Announcing Summer Taverna Dinner on August 5th

Jul 5th, 2014 | By
Announcing Summer Taverna Dinner on August 5th

Some of you have been to Greece, some of you are already back and some of you want to experience the bounty of the Greek summer as only the local laverna can. We are returning to Kritamos, located at 443Danforth in Toronto’s Greektown to make use of their rotisserie and huge grill.   Kolonaki Group […]



An Evening in Crete – Greek Supper Club Recap

Jun 25th, 2014 | By
An Evening in Crete – Greek Supper Club Recap

Crete, the southernmost part of Greece, largest island in the Mediterranean and the birthplace of the “Mediterranean Diet”. This past Monday,  we raised a glass (or two) of Cretan wine, said a couple of Matinades and enjoyed a five course authentic Cretan dinner. This dinner has been long in the making and I am delighted […]



St. Lawrence Market Greek Supper Club (recap)

May 29th, 2014 | By
St. Lawrence Market Greek Supper Club (recap)

National Geographic recently rated Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market as the “World’s Best Food Market”, something Torontonians have known for years. Early Greek immigrants lived near the Market as they also worked as butchers, fish mongers and green grocers. St. George (Toronto’s first and oldest Greek Orthodox church) was founded to be near the Greek community. […]



Greek Independence Day Supper Club Recap

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
Greek Independence Day Supper Club Recap

March 25th is a double celebration for Greece – both a historical and a religious one. Greeks celebrate the beginning of the struggle for independence from the Ottomans in 1821. The Greek-Orthodox church celebrates the Annunciation by Archangel Gabriel to Virgin Mary, and that she should become the mother of Christ. Forty guests attended this […]



Kalofagas Greek Carnival Feast Recap

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By
Kalofagas Greek Carnival Feast Recap

This past Tuesday, I hosted my second Greek Supper Club that celebrated Greek Carnival with a meat-heavy menu. The dinner this time was at Megas Restaurant on the Danforth and I like to thank Nikos Kostis for once again opening up his kitchen to allow me to cook for the evening’s guests. A sold out […]



Big Boy’s Burgers

Feb 9th, 2014 | By
Big Boy’s Burgers

Through some mutual friends, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Elizabeth and Christos, owners of the Kingston Road (Scarborough) location of Big Boy’s. Toronto (and many cities) is still enjoying the proliferation of burger joints. The burger as you knew it is gone, no more big chain burger joints on the radar. It’s […]