Kalofagas Greek Food & Beyond

Peter Minaki is a proud Greek Canadian and the creator of the popular “Kalofagas – Greek Food & Beyond” food blog. Kalofagas is the Greek word for “gourmet”.  Peter started the Kalofagas  blog because he wanted to introduce the world to the delicious depths of Greek cuisine.  Known for adding twists to his recipes, Peter balances his posts between traditional, modernized and his own unique recipes. Gathering inspiration from his yearly trips to Greece, Peter endlessly promotes the diversity of Greek cuisine. Living in Toronto and having a curious spirit, he refers to himself as “a tourist in his own town”. He welcomes every opportunity to try new foods and different cuisines..

 

Now you can try out many of Peter's favourite dishes inspired by family recipes, trips to Greece and the Mediterranean in his first cookbook, Everything Mediterranean (2nd edition).

 

Peter is a frequent contributor to Greece’s Free Press Gastronomy website, InsideToronto.com  and has appeared on TV cooking segments in Greece and in Canada. His recipes have been featured in Canadian Living Magazine (Canada), OPA magazine (Austrailia), National Herald (US), Stahl magazine (Hungary), and Ensemble Vacations magazine (Canada).

 

Peter currently hosts and cooks for the “Kalofagas Greek Supper Club” in Canada (and recently as guest Chef for a sold out dinner in Manhattan). These monthly supper clubs are casual and intimate gatherings that feature regional Greek food and wines. The supper club has proved to be popular with both Greeks and people who just want to be Greek for a night! Peter teaches Greek cooking classes, does private catering and pop-ups at venues around Toronto such as the Toronto Underground Market, Toronto Harbourfront and local restaurants.

Seafood and Lent Cooking Class

Join me on Sunday, March 20th for an afternoon cooking class where I will show share my tips ande tricks to making octopus tender, how to clean and cook calamari and we’ll make the best Taramosalata and Santorini Fava. The Dips: The...more

Tsiknopempti Dinner Avli in Chicago March 3rd

Great news everyone…I am returning to Chicago on March 3rd to cook at Avli. Owner Louie Alexakis and I have come up with a decadent menu that will celebrate Fat Thursday, known in Greece as Tsiknopempti. The Greek Carnival period (Apokiries) culminates on Tsiknopempti (literally translated as Fat Thursday) and we are going to capture some of that delicious magic! ...more

Greek Food Gazette 02/05/2016

boy fishing, Kastelorizo Decanter shares 10 Greek white wines you have to try Just a few spots left for Phyllo workshop on Feb.7th in Toronto Abba get back together to open a Greek restaurant Gay Greece: 11 destinations to take your partner this summer Uninhabited Greek island to host survival vacations © 2016, Peter Minakis . All rights reserved. The post Greek Food Gazette 02/05/2016 appeared first on KALOFAGAS | GREEK FOOD & BEYOND ....more

Duck Baklava

The recipe’s inspiration comes from a trip to New York City last year while I was also preparing for some pop-up dinners in New Jersey. On one of my free evenings, I attended a grand tasting of Greek wines hosted by New Wines of Greece. There, I was able to sip on some of Greece’s best and nosh on appetizers as prepared by some of New York’s best Greek restaurants ....more

Greek Food Gazette 29/01/2016

Symi island, Dodecanese Decanter magazine reports on Greek WInes: the new generation Thessaloniki gets heavy promotion as “co-capital” at Johannesburg travel expo Two hotels from Halkidiki make “Top 10 list family hotels in Europe” Acropolis OPA in Buffalo, NY has a new menu with more Greek and all Greek wine menu Some seats still left for “Anemos”, Seafood Greek Supper Club on Feb.22nd at Penelope Restaurant in Toronto © 2016, Peter Minakis . All rights reserved. The post Greek Food Gazette 29/01/2016 appeared first on KALOFAGAS | GREEK FOOD & BEYOND ....more

Shaved Fennel and Green Apple Salad

This is a terrific winter salad in that salads aren’t really that tasty during the winter. Not much in season and I definitely wouldn’t make a Greek salad in January! ...more

Two Intimate Greek Supper Clubs in Astoria, New York

I’m coming to New York to cook two, intimate Greek Supper Clubs on Friday, March 11th and Saturday March 12th. These dinners will take place in Astoria (New York’s Greektown) and I’ll be cooking with the help of my friend, Greek food blogger Carole Malakasis. If you haven’t been to one of my Greek Supper Clubs, here’s your chance ....more

Armenovil Ice Cream Dessert

I’ve been to Greece over 25 times now and I’ve traveled every corner but there’s so much more to experience and to share with you. I am most familiar with northern Greece (where my family is from) and I especially love the food scene in Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. I always pay a visit to the Kourdisto Gourouni (Near Agia Sophia) and you can be sure I’ll order Armenovil ....more

Anemos, a Kalofagas Fish and Seafood Dinner at Penelope’s

We are halfway through the winter and the we all hankering for the warmth of the Greek sun. Join me on Monday, Februrary 22nd for a fish and seafood Greek Supper Supper I naming “Anemos”, the Greek word for wind. For the first time, I will be cooking for you at Penelope’s Restaurant, located in Toronto’s theatre district on 225 King Street West....more

Kourabiedes (κουραμπιέδες)

This Greek cookie is an almond shortbread cookie. Christmas time is coming and every home will certainly have Kourabiedes on offer for visiting house guests. These cookies are fantastically simple in ingredients, not too difficult and I don’t think I’ve met one person that doesn’t like them ....more