Taste flavors from around the world Sunday

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By Special to the Monitor

Taste the zip of a Feta crumble tucked into a fresh tomato. Smell the golden spanikopita stuffed with spinach. Take a bite of baklava from the recipe of YiaYia Maria Marros and savor the flaky layers of honey and nuts. 

At 5 p.m. Sunday, the members of the Saint Dimitri of Rostov Orthodox Church will host a dinner for the community where they will serve a sampling of ethnic and Mediterranean dishes.

After every liturgy, the families at Saint Dimitri’s will have a meal together.

They usually serve traditional foods from Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Sweden and Romania as a result of their mix of ethnic backgrounds.

“We fast before we come to church and so we’re always hungry after the service,”  Elizabeth Bezzerides said, “and we enjoy visiting with each other.”

The United Church of Los Alamos has volunteered to let them use its dining space in Graves Hall at 2525 Canyon Road.

Bezzerides converted to the Orthodox religion after marrying her Greek-American husband and learned to cook Greek food by watching her mother-in-law (and later getting a really great Greek cookbook).  She will cook Greek macaroni meat and a pasta classic dish. “Enjoying food together is special to people’s relationships,” she said, “and we love to share our favorite foods.”

Even the kids help.  An 8-year-old boy will help his mom make Spanokopira, which is phyllo stuffed with spinach and feta cheese.  For dessert there will be baklava, Russian tea cookies and galactoboureko, a Greek custard pie, coffee and Russian Tea. Seating will be limited. Make reservations today by calling Christine at 672-9679. Suggested donations are $15 for adults and $5 per child age 10 or  younger.