Feast to feature world class cuisine

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By Mandy Marksteiner

Taste the zip of a Feta crumble tucked into a fresh tomato. Smell the golden spanakopita, 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 St. 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 St. Dimitri’s have a meal together. Because of their mix of ethnic backgrounds, they usually serve traditional foods from Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Sweden and Romania.

“We fast before we come to church, and so we’re always really hungry,” Elizabeth Bezzerides of St. Dimitri said, “and we like to visit with each other.”

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

Diners can enjoy stuffed cabbage rolls and Barbara Addessio’s individually stuffed potato perogies while strolling troubadour, Zhenya Kovalenko, sings traditional Russian songs.

Bezzerides converted to the Orthodox religion after marrying her Greek husband and learned to cook Greek food by watching her mother-in-law (and later getting a great cookbook). She will be cooking Greek macaroni pie and pesto pie. “Food is basic to people’s relationships,” she said.

Even the kids help. A 7-year-old boy will help his mom make tiropita, phyllo stuffed with feta cheese.

For dessert there will be baklava, Russian tea cookies, and galactoboureko, a Greek custard pie.

Seating will be strictly limited to the first 75 people to make reservations. Make a reservation today by calling 661-7466.

Suggested donations are $15 for adults, and $5 per child of 10 years or younger.