Olive Oil Mythologies Dinner

Olive Oil Mythologies Dinner


Dinner Experience with Nafsika Papacharalampous

Olive oil is a staple and a sacred food for Greeks. It travels from rural to urban Greece and can be found in every Greek household, from small kitchens to luxury upscale restaurants. Olive oil creates the feasting in the fasting, turning a few simple ingredients in memorable dishes. Would you like to experience the mythology, history and culture of the Greek olive oil?

Oliveology and Nafsika Papacharalampous are inviting you to a very unique evening. Inspired by Nafsika’s fieldwork in the delis and restaurant kitchens of Athens, this dinner will play around the myth and journeys of the Greek olive oil. It brings together stories about the Greek olive oil and traditional dishes cooked only with extra virgin olive oil. Over several courses, you will get to savour the simplicity of flavours and the sophistication of rural and urban Greek cuisine and enjoy olive oil in various ways. Oh and did we say there will be moussakas? Yes, there will be!

What to expect:

You will be welcomed with a special welcome cocktail and a tasting of different olive oils. Nafsika will then give a short talk on the history & culture of the Greek olive oil, guiding you through the various courses that she has cooked for you. You will enjoy a 5-course dinner, prepared with family recipes and recipes collected from rural and urban Greece. Nafsika will join you again over dessert and you will get a chance to talk more about Greek food.

Suggested Menu:

Welcome cocktail & Starter

Stuffed vine leaves with rice and herbs (dolmades)

Main Courses served family-style

Pea stew with lemon and dill (arakas lemonatos)

Oven-baked butterbeans in tomato sauce (Gigantes)

Moussakas -OR- Oven-baked aubergines & courgettes (briam) with barrel-aged feta cheese


Golden semolina pudding with olive oil (halvas)

Oliveology is hosting Nafsika Papacharalampous in Olive Oil Mythologies

Nafsika has a PhD in the Anthropology of Food from SOAS, University of London and is a trained chef. She is researching Greek cuisine, traditional foods and markets, focusing on national and class identity, memory, and the Greek crisis. Nafsika is also a consultant for artisan food companies, restaurants and food organisations in Athens, London and Berlin, creating unique culinary experiences. She is a food blogger at www.NafsikaCooks.com where she indulges her passion for both cooking and writing. She holds an MA in Anthropology of Food from SOAS, and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Menu: Seasonal, Vegetarian options, using Oliveology products and mostly organic produce.

Price: £50 per person (includes welcome cocktail, tasting of olive oil, talk, 5-course dinner. Does not include drinks, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be offered to buy at special prices)

Location: In our Railway Arch at Spa Terminus

Date: Friday 12th June 2019

Time: 7.30pm

For more information on dates & bookings email us at: workshops@oliveology.co.uk

Dietary requirements:

All menus are finalised two weeks before the date of the dinner. Please contact us directly with any dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

As our dinners are hosted at a shared kitchen space, we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment.

Cancellation policy:

A minimum of 4 weeks notice is required for cancellation so we can fill your space. You will be given a full refund or we can transfer you to another date. However, no refunds or changes can be made if cancellations are changed in less than four weeks. However, you have the option to give your ticket to a friend or family member.