The Cookbook Committee proudly announces the 4th printing of our Award Winning Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More! Our popular cookbook continues to generate interest and sales in the surrounding Toledo area and across the United States and for this we are very grateful. It has proven to be the successful fundraiser that was the goal of the leadership committee.
As of December 2015, approximately $50,000 in proceeds was donated to Holy Trinity. We anticipate that continuing book sales together with funds raised from our popular Make & Take Cooking Classes will result in even more proceeds in support of our beloved Cathedral.
Sales at two of this Summer’s annual events were brisk. For the 3rd year, we participated in the popular Art on the Mall at UT. We are thankful to Pam Martin, Debbie Morris, Phyllis Manton, Cathy Manol, Stacia Dimit, Sophie Stathopoulos and Kathy Andros who greeted visitors, sold cookbooks and aprons and promoted our 46th Annual Greek American Festival.
Again this year, Toledoens and visitors from Ohio and surrounding areas turned out in record numbers to enjoy our Festival’s foods, pastries and culture and to learn about our Orthodox faith. Interest was strong as attendees visited the cookbook table and purchased cookbooks and aprons. We thank devoted volunteers Irene Kaufman, Kathy Lawrence, Yanula Stathulis, Mary Dedes and Jessica Adams.
Forty six years of our festival have popularized our delicious and varied Greek foods and pastries. So much so that thanks to our many loyal, talented and hard-working chefs, helpers and pastry volunteers who turn out volumes of food, the Cooking Demo room was over-flowing with guests familiar with our foods. Friday, Barbara and George Sarantou enchanted attendees with their expertise and humor preparing delectable Kritharaki (Beef and Manestra); Saturday attendees were treated to a demonstration of delicious Eggplant Parmesan by Sophia Spillson; Sunday, 2 demonstrations featured more favorites: Galaktobouriko by Helen Matthews brought rave reviews. Later, Tonia and Terry Irmen presented the art of making well-seasoned, tender Chicken Souvlakia. Rounds of applause and appreciation greeted all our chefs. Guests look forward to taking home recipes and techniques and they especially love tasting samples of the prepared foods.
Our popular and profitable annual Greek Make & Take Cooking Classes are taking place again this Fall. September 27 featured Soupa Avgolemono (Egg Lemon Soup) and Greek Village Salad; on October 4 in response to many requests to learn to work with phyllo, Baklava was presented; on October 11, Plaki (Seafood ) and Mediterranean Vegetables were well received. We eagerly anticipated the finalized names of our talented chefs and thank them all!
Please remember that Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More! is an excellent source for all your Holiday entertaining and makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. The Cookbook is available in the Cathedral Bookstore and can be purchased online at www.holytrinitytoledo.com. You can also call the Cathedral Office at 419-243-9189, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.