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Christina Boutari visits Houston Greek Festival next Thurs.! @GreekFest_HouTX

September 27, 2011

Christina Boutari will be in Houston a week from Thurs. (October 6), pouring wine at the Boutari table at the Original Greek Festival of Houston, now in its 45th year.

Christina will also be appearing at the Montrose Whole Foods (701 Waugh Drive) from 3-5 p.m. that day, where she’ll be signing bottles and talking about Greek wine today and her family’s legacy as the winemakers who started it all when they shipped that first bottle of Xinomavro from Naoussa back in the late nineteenth century.

The Original Greek Festival of Houston is one of the largest continuously operating heritage festivals in the U.S. today. (Click here for our coverage of last year’s festival.)

It is run entirely by volunteers from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and all the food is strictly homemade. No vendors or fast food restaurateurs here! Only the real deal. Many of the recipes have been handed down by church members from generation to generation.

Born in Thessaloniki in northern Greece, not far from the Naoussa winery founded by her great grandfather, Christina Boutari studied organizational psychology at the London School of Economics before joining the family business. Greek wine “is versatile and intriguing, and has huge potential in the U.S.,” says Christina, who serves as the company’s exports manager for the Americas and Australia. Her favorite wine by Boutari? She doesn’t skip a beat in answering: “Moschofilero. I love to serve it with traditional Greek pasta tossed with seasonal vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplant. But when I pair it with Asian cuisine, the results are equally amazing.” In her free time, Christina occasionally performs as a dancer in Athens, where she follows the contemporary and improvisational dance scene.

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!

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