A little bit of Greece came to town last week. Our monthly dinner party club met on Thursday night for a delicious Greek-themed potluck dinner. To help with the authenticity, my dear friend Marina, born and raised in Greece, helped me plan the menu. The action started immediately, as Marina arrived and began assembling her authentic souvlaki: marinated pork skewers grilled over charcoal, real Greek pocketless pita, homemade tzatziki and fried potatoes, onions, and tomatoes, all wrapped up in a neat little package.
Then we all sat down to dinner, and what a feast it was. Dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, herbs, and seasonings), tiropita (cheese phyllo pie), olives straight from Marina’s father’s farm outside Athens, moussaka (fried eggplant, zucchini, and potatoes with tomato meat sauce and béchamel, layered and baked as a casserole), Greek salad, and souvlaki formed the main course of the meal.
Dessert was delicious baklava, bursting with pistachios and walnuts, soaked in syrup.
As we moaned and groaned about our bellies feeling fit to burst, Marina proposed the solution: “In Greece, we just dance it off. You’ll be ready to eat more in no time!” So we did. The background music got turned up and we ladies headed to the living room to learn some steps. I do love Eastern European dancing, which is so accessible and fun. In a line, with our arms across each other’s shoulders, we kicked and stepped and followed in circles led by Marina, who told us that it was the first time she’s ever danced in this town, since arriving nearly five years ago. I was so happy to be part of that first time for her, and hope to have many more opportunities to do so.
Some other blog posts about our dinner party club:
A Culinary Jaunt to Bell’Italia
A Mezze Table
A “Primal Lifestyle” Dinner Party
Strawberry-themed Paleo Dinner Party
The “Vitamix 750” Dinner Party