Celebrity Chef Diane Kochilas  tours the West Coast
Salt Lake City,  Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles celebrate My Greek Table
Salt Lake City, UT
November was a busy month for celebrity chef and author 
Diane Kochilas following the October launch of her PBS 13-part series, My Greek Table. The series is also co-sponsored by the 
National Hellenic Society  (NHS).

In conjunction with the launch of the series, Diane was the featured guest at four NHS 
chapter-hosted events along with Dimopoulos in  Salt Lake City, UT, hosted by member  John Saltas;  in Seattle, WA, hosted by  co-chair 
Elizabeth Grillos;  in San Diego, CA,
Los Angeles, CA
hosted by 
Gerry Ranglas;  and, concluded in Los Angeles,  CA, hosted by member Thelma Nickols  Waxman

Guests were treated to Diane's wealth of Greek  cooking historical tips along with a Greek cheese  tasting and wine from the  Padis Vineyards  in Seattle and Los Angeles.

"People have a really close tie to land, even to this day. That's one of the beauty's of Greece," Diane  shared in Los Angeles. "Cheese was not always consumed in these vast quantities.  Shepherds to survive used to have to sell their milk so cheese was something you ate  sparingly up until maybe 50 or 60 years ago. Certainly in places like Ikaria that were dirt poor, cheese was almost a treat. It wasn't something you were eating every day."

A born teacher, every summer since 2003, Diane together with her husband, Vasilis Stenos, has run the  Glorious Greek Cooking School on her native island, Ikaria, a Blue Zone, renowned for the longevity of its inhabitants. She is an award-winning author of 18 books on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Her next book, the company book to  My Greek Table, will be published in Fall 2018. Currently, she is at work on a healthy Greek Quick 
Service Restaurant concept and is expanding her travel and teaching business to include other parts of Greece. Diane divides her time between New York City, Ikaria, and Athens. 
Seattle, WA

For more information, please visit  www.dianekochilas.com 
For photos from the West Coast tour,  CLICK HERE
Check local PBS listings to watch My Greek Table, or online at  www.pbs.org/show/my-greek-table/
My Greek Table  will give you a taste of Greece that will make you want to pick up the phone to your travel agent and hop on the next flight over the proverbial pond! Diane Kochilas travels from the mountains to the Aegean islands, on a journey that will show you the landscape and flavors of Greece like never before. She travels to Crete, the Peloponnese, Athens, Santorini, Ikaria, Lesvos, Volos, Pelion, Ioannina, the Zagorohoria, and Naoussa, meeting some of Greece's best home cooks and storied food and wine artisans. Together, you'll discover ancient flavors and great modern food alike, and explore regional and iconic Greek products, such as great Greek extra virgin olive oil, Kalamata olives, feta and other cheeses, herbal teas, greens, and traditional grains.
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