Greek cooking classes offered Oct. 1, 8Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The smell of cheese tiropites filled the air of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Sept. 24. It was part of the “Make & Take” cooking classes for authentic Greek cuisine.
Two more classes remain in the series: Oct. 1, where spanakopita will be made, and Oct. 8, where baklava will be made. Both of the remaining classes will be 6-8 p.m. at Holy Trinity’s Community Center, 740 Superior St., and taught by Andy and Maria Petros.
The classes provide hands-on instruction and are taught by community food experts. All ingredients will be provided and attendees will take their dishes home.
The Oct. 1 class costs $45 and the Oct. 8 class is $50. The classes are open to the public and money will be taken at the class.
“Cooking and cooking classes have become very popular in the United States,” said Irene Kaufman, originator of the class series. “We have a Greek Festival every year … and it’s just packed with people who love Greek food.
“The Mediterranean diet has become enormously popular because the Greeks for years have only eaten very healthy foods,” Kaufman said. “When you eat good food, rather than something out of a frozen box, No. 1, you’re healthier and No. 2, you’re going to feel better and No. 3, you’re possibly going to live longer.”
The nationally-recognized cookbook “Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More!” will be available at the classes. The book was created as a fundraiser five years ago.
“We have so many chefs and cooks … that we decided to incorporate all of their recipes in a cookbook,” said Kaufman, who compiled the book. “We asked everyone in our community, ‘Please submit recipes for the book.’ It was a long process to collect the recipes, proofread the recipes [and] then assemble them in the book.”
For more information, visit holytrinitytoledo.com, click on “Cookbook” and scroll to “Greek Cooking Classes” or call (419) 243-9189.