Calliope's Real Greek Food

cooking & stories in my Brooklyn kitchen

Kythira, July 2016


People ask me why I do not teach my Greek cooking classes in the summer months.


Every summer, on the last day of school, our bags are packed and we are ready for another summer adventure in Greece! We spend our summers in our house in Kythira.


Kythira island is one of Greece’s best kept secrets. It is only a 30-minute flight from Athens. Its landscape is a beautiful, untouched mosaic of Greece: mountains, gorges, olive groves, pine trees, cypresses, waterfalls, picturesque villages, small ports and secluded beaches with crystal waters! It is untouched by tourism, the locals produce my favourite olive oil, thyme honey, collect sea salt in the old traditional way, make the famous ‘paximadia’ (olive oil rusks)… the list goes on forever.


We go to the traditional village of Pitsinades  we meet the same friends we have left the previous summer, we invite friends to spend some days with us and we cook every night, using only local produce that we buy from the farmers’ market in Potamos.


On Sundays, after church, farmers from all over the island come to sell their products on the central square. It is everyone’s meeting point; recipes are being exchanged over our morning coffee as we decide who will host that night and what each one is cooking.


On special days, Anna & Val start the wood burning oven.

On casual nights we make a Greek salad with local cheese and paximadia (olive oil wheat rusks) and a pie using zucchini from Anna’s vegetable garden.

This year, I have decided to share my love for Kythira with those who wish to have a unique and authentic Greek foodie experience. I am hosting classes for small groups in my home in the island!


Participants will enjoy a 4-day workshop during which we will cook traditional Greek recipes. We will cook one full meal a day together (lunch or dinner) and share the food and the wine, family style.

The classes will take place in the morning after breakfast when cooking lunch, or early evening if we are making dinner. The rest of the day will include (optional) meetings with local producers & artisans, tastings of wine, olive oil & honey.

I can help you find suitable accommodation in the village or in the region near the house. Renting a car in Kythira is highly recommended if you wish to visit the beaches and the many villages & sights. 

Here are the dates for 2016

July 2- July 5 (4 days)

July 9 – July 12 (4 days)

For all bookings and additional information, please contact