Monday, April 4, 2016

An Evening on a Greek Isle

Diane Kochilas - Wine Dinner at YaYa's

On April 13th, YaYa’s is hosting a very special “Evening with Diane Kochilas.”  She is one of the foremost authorities on Greek cuisine in the world.  She is chef, cookbook author of 18 well-known cookbooks, and authority on healthy Greek food.  She is the host of Greece’s most popular cooking show, “What’s Cooking Today, Mom?”  

Kochilas is a native New Yorker whose family hails from the “Blue Zone” Greek island of Ikaria, renowned for the longevity of its inhabitants.  She went to Greece for the first time as a young girl, loving the sunshine, people, and food.  It was later, in 2004 that Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better. In these “Blue Zones,” they found people reaching age 100 at rates ten times greater than in the United States.  The answer to “why?” is yet to be completely resolved.

Chef Kochilas has devoted her life to exploring and promoting the healthy and delicious foods of Greece. Her latest cookbook is Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Island Where People Forget to Die (Rodale, October 2014). Her previous book, Country Cooking of Greece, (Chronicle, 2012), was named by The New York Times as one of the year’s 100 best books. Another book, Glorious Foods of Greece, won the prominent IACP Jane Grigson Award for Excellence in Research.

Together with her husband, Vassilis Stenos, she owns and operates Glorious Greek Kitchen, offering cooking classes on their home island and culinary tours and classes in Athens.  She is the Collaborating Chef at award-winning Molyvos Restaurant in New York City and has developed menus for popular Greek restaurants all over North America.

The April five course dinner with wines includes Longevity Greens Pie-House –Made Phyllo, Ikarian Fisherman’s Soup, Artichokes Braised a la Polita with Shrimp and Greek Saffron, Petimezei Braised Lamb with Pappardelle Pasta and Greek Yogurt, and a Sweet Cornmeal Pie with Dried Fruit and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Call 913.345.1111 to make your reservation at YaYa’s.  The price is $125 pp, which excludes tax and gratuity.

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