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Fun photos from the Houston Greek Festival

October 12, 2010

Check out fun photos from the Houston Greek Festival last weekend over at our Facebook group page here.

Delicious pastitsio and loukoumades

October 9, 2010

The food at the Houston Greek Festival was so good that Boutari blogger Jeremy Parzen just had to go back for some more yesterday. The crust of the pastitsio was crunchy on the outside and warm and creamy on the inside, the meat sauce seasoned with just the right amount of cinnamon.

Jeremy’s better half, Tracie P, couldn’t resist the loukoumades either (above).

Congratulations to the organizers of this amazing festival for yet another year (their 44th!) of wholesome, delicious food, prepared by loving hands. Great folks, great festival. We’ll see you next year for sure!

The festival continues today and tomorrow…


October 8, 2010

Here are some scenes from the TRULY AMAZING Greek Festival going on right now in Houston, Texas.

Now in its 44th year, the Greek festival is run entirely by volunteers from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston. In many cases, families have been volunteering for three and four generations!

All of the recipes are decided upon by committees of volunteers (each headed by a chairperson) and although many Greek restaurateurs participate in the event, there is no advertising whatsoever. The super family-friendly event is an entirely homegrown and organically conceived festival that promotes Greek culture and cuisine. All the proceeds go back in to the community’s beloved Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

And the food… aaaaaa… the food… the FOOD IS DELICIOUS!

Houston Greek Festival October 7-10

September 30, 2010

Official Boutari blogger Do Bianchi will be there!


Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
October 7, 8, 9, 10, 2010.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
near downtown and the Museum District
3511 Yoakum Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 526-5377

Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dance Program: begins at 6:00 pm

Lunch: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (free admission)
Note: the Festival grounds are closed after lunch and reopen at 5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dance Program: begins at 6:00 pm

Continuous food service from opening: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Dance Programs – Youth: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Dance Programs – Adults: begins at 5:00 pm

Continuous food service from opening: 12 noon – 7:00 pm
(while quantities last)
Dance Programs – Youth: 12:30 am and 1:30 pm
Dance Programs – Adults: begins at 4:00 pm

Boutari is the SECRET word at Wine Down Miami

August 20, 2010

Above: Two of the most dynamic figures in the world of wine today, Wine Down founder Andrew Levine (left) and wine writer Michael Green will be hosting Wine Down Miami and Wednesday August, 25.

With all the press it’s been getting lately, Wine Down is quickly becoming the hottest wine tasting event in the U.S. today.

To reserve and receive a discount on admission at Wine Down Miami, on Wednesday, August 25 (at the swank Viceroy Hotel, below), use the secret word “Boutari” when you purchase tickets here (click “enter discount code”).

Odyssey 2010: the YEAR of Greek wine

August 17, 2010

Master sommeliers Laura Williamson and Brian Conin led a seminar on Greek wines for nearly 300 wine professionals at TexSom, the sixth-annual Texas Sommelier Conference in Irving (Dallas), Texas on Monday.

This first-ever seminar at the landmark event was just one of a wide ranges of seminars, panels, and tastings that have been held across the country — for the first time.

Nearly half of the attendees gathered for the seminar rose their hands when asked if they’d ever tasted a Moschofilero.

Here’s what Master of Wine and Master Sommelier (one of only three people in the world to hold both titles) Doug Frost told the New Wines of Greece association about Moschofilero:

Moschofilero’s recent surge in popularity might tempt winemakers to toy with oak, but that’s counter-productive, interfering with the spring garden aromas and, perhaps even more importantly, the fascinating disparity between the intensity of the aromas and flavors, and the high acid raciness that typifies its finish.

That juxtaposition has been long in coming but only recently assured; Moschofilero of old was always pink (from those pink-grey skins) and often oxidized. The freshness of current Moschofilero owes much to better vineyard practices and greater confidence in those practices, allowing producers to let the grapes hang out late into the season. And Moschofilero awaited the advent of squeaky-clean wineries and temperature-controlled winemaking.

From Saveur Magazine to master sommeliers and masters of wine, everyone is talking about Greek wine this summer!

Greek wine in Miami August 25 with Wine Down and Michael Green

August 10, 2010

Above: The Viceroy Hotel Miami.

Wine Down, America’s premier wine tasting party, has joined forces with Boutari Wines and Viceroy Miami to host Wine Down Miami.

On Wednesday, August 25th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., South Florida Wine Lovers are invited to join celebrity wine consultant Michael Green formerly the Wine and Spirits Consultant to Gourmet Magazine and Wine Down co-founder Andrew Levine for Wine Down Miami at Viceroy’s Club 50 for a celebration of food, wine, and the Mediterranean lifestyle. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of delicious and distinct wines from the Boutari portfolio and signature hors d’oeuvres from celebrity chef Michael Psilakis’ Mediterranean-inspired Eos restaurant.

Tickets are now on sale for $50. Use the Discount Code “SFFW” to save $10 on each ticket. We encourage guests to purchase tickets now, as space is limited. Club 50 at Viceroy Miami 485 Brickell Avenue  Miami, FL 33131.

Post via South Florida Food and Wine Blog.

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