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Host: Fotini

Athens, Greece

USD
$44-$74 per person

Traditional Greek Island Recipes

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Fotini

Fotini is an economist, MBA lecturer, writer and independent journalist. She started cooking and experimenting with recipes when she was a university student in Thessaloniki. She loves cooking authentic Greek cuisine from the islands, with Cycladic dishes being her favorite.

Fotini has traveled around the world, studying, working and traveling for fun. In addition to her passion for cooking, she also loves reading, gardening and classical music. Fotini loves to host and meet people and is passionate about sharing dishes from continental Greece and the Greek islands with her guests. As Fotini says, meals in Greece are a way to celebrate with guests over great discussion and music. She loves meeting people from all around the world and when she travels she makes it a point to taste the local cuisine. This passion for cooking and traveling has made her a collector and she has over 100 cookbooks in her collection.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Fotini lives with her husband and their beloved dog in an antique and plant filled apartment in southern Athens. Fotini's husband, originally from the beautiful island of Corfu, is also a good cook, and they will both welcome you into their home. While you sip a welcome drink, Fotini will tell you about traditional Greek cuisine, considered one of the healthiest diets in the world owing to heavy use of vegetables, Greek olive oil and cheeses.

Gather with Fotini at the dining table to share a selection of traditional dishes from Asia Minor such as melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant salad), keftedakia (meatballs with potatoes), pastitsio (baked pasta dish that contains ground beef and béchamel sauce), strapatsada (scrambled eggs with tomatoes onion and peppers) or the famous Greek moussaka (baked eggplant with ground beef and bechamel sauce). For vegetarians or guests who are interested in something very different, Fotini can cook for you recipes of Greek Orthodox monks, which includes dishes like spicy eggplant baked with cheese.

Cooking experience: (1-2 guests) Join Fotini in her kitchen to cook an authentic Greek meal that you will later eat together. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about one to two hours. You will learn how to make traditional Greek dishes from the islands, which might include tomato keftedes (tomato balls, a traditional recipe from Santorini), fava (unlike Western "fava beans", "fava" in Greece refers to a delicious yellow split peas puree, a traditional dish from Santorini), froutalia (a traditional omelette from Tinos island), ladenia (Greek pizza, a traditional dish from Kimolos island), revithada (chickpeas cooked in the oven, a traditional dish from Sifnos island) or sofrito (veal casserole with spices, a traditional dish from Corfu island).

Notes: Fotini is available for dinner all days of the week but can can only host lunches on the weekends when she isn't at work during the day.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Welcome drink
  • Trachanas soup
  • Soutzoukakia or hilopittes (greek pasta) with village sausage and feta cheese
  • Kapnisti melidzanosalata (smoked eggplant)
  • Green salad with Fotini's grandma secret sauce
  • Coffee and sweet koutaliou or fruit

Traveler reviews

Fotini's food is what you expect to eat on a Sunday "family get-together" lunch. Very yummy and has that mouth-savouring quality and comfort. It could be your mother or grandmother in that kitchen cooking your favourite dish.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Kallia

My husband and I visited Athens the end of October and as one of our tour activities we selected a taste of the Greek Islands in Athens. We were not sure what to expect as we had not done this before. Fotini is a wonderful hostess who made us feel comfortable from the moment we arrived until we left. We cooked a wonderful meal. The food was amazing and I will be cooking these dishes at home. Our hostess made the cooking experience so easy. All the dishes were well-timed and extremely delicious. We cooked an array of dishes such as egg plant dish, soup, and a main course with meatballs. Fotini not only has a sense of humour, she is also engaging and at one point we were rolling with laughter. This was an excellent experience and we now have a friend for life. This is an experience that I highly recommend.
- Elizabeth October 30, 2017

Fotini was an absolutely wonderful host and the food was excellent!
- Sam November 08, 2017

It was a great experience. Fotini our host was gracious, well read and very cultured. The food we cooked with her was delicious and so fun to make. I would definitely do it again! One of my favorite experiences in Athens!
- Ameera

It was easy to get to Fotini's apartment from our hotel in the city center using the metro and the tram. We arrived a little early for our lunch appointment and it wasn't a problem at all. Fotini invited us into her home and offered us welcome drinks. I was coming down with a cold so she made me some hot tea. After the introductions, we were handed aprons and put to work chopping vegetables and stirring pots. Fotini is a delightful host and we spent our time in the kitchen chatting away about all sorts of topics. When we were finished cooking we settled down at her dining table to enjoy the delicious meal we had prepared. We had a salad with mint dressing that we prepared fresh, soup, olive bread with a parsley based spread that we made fresh and the main course of village sausage with hilopite pasta in tomato sauce. We loved our time with Fotini and best of all we now have a new friend in Greece.
- Russ December 04, 2017

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Fotini

$44-$74 USD

per person
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$50 $44 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$74 $58 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
Transportation
$56 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$50 $44 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$74 $58 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
Transportation
$56 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Fotini

Fotini is an economist, MBA lecturer, writer and independent journalist. She started cooking and experimenting with recipes when she was a university student in Thessaloniki. She loves cooking authentic Greek cuisine from the islands, with Cycladic dishes being her favorite.

Fotini has traveled around the world, studying, working and traveling for fun. In addition to her passion for cooking, she also loves reading, gardening and classical music. Fotini loves to host and meet people and is passionate about sharing dishes from continental Greece and the Greek islands with her guests. As Fotini says, meals in Greece are a way to celebrate with guests over great discussion and music. She loves meeting people from all around the world and when she travels she makes it a point to taste the local cuisine. This passion for cooking and traveling has made her a collector and she has over 100 cookbooks in her collection.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Fotini lives with her husband and their beloved dog in an antique and plant filled apartment in southern Athens. Fotini's husband, originally from the beautiful island of Corfu, is also a good cook, and they will both welcome you into their home. While you sip a welcome drink, Fotini will tell you about traditional Greek cuisine, considered one of the healthiest diets in the world owing to heavy use of vegetables, Greek olive oil and cheeses.

Gather with Fotini at the dining table to share a selection of traditional dishes from Asia Minor such as melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant salad), keftedakia (meatballs with potatoes), pastitsio (baked pasta dish that contains ground beef and béchamel sauce), strapatsada (scrambled eggs with tomatoes onion and peppers) or the famous Greek moussaka (baked eggplant with ground beef and bechamel sauce). For vegetarians or guests who are interested in something very different, Fotini can cook for you recipes of Greek Orthodox monks, which includes dishes like spicy eggplant baked with cheese.

Cooking experience: (1-2 guests) Join Fotini in her kitchen to cook an authentic Greek meal that you will later eat together. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about one to two hours. You will learn how to make traditional Greek dishes from the islands, which might include tomato keftedes (tomato balls, a traditional recipe from Santorini), fava (unlike Western "fava beans", "fava" in Greece refers to a delicious yellow split peas puree, a traditional dish from Santorini), froutalia (a traditional omelette from Tinos island), ladenia (Greek pizza, a traditional dish from Kimolos island), revithada (chickpeas cooked in the oven, a traditional dish from Sifnos island) or sofrito (veal casserole with spices, a traditional dish from Corfu island).

Notes: Fotini is available for dinner all days of the week but can can only host lunches on the weekends when she isn't at work during the day.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Welcome drink
  • Trachanas soup
  • Soutzoukakia or hilopittes (greek pasta) with village sausage and feta cheese
  • Kapnisti melidzanosalata (smoked eggplant)
  • Green salad with Fotini's grandma secret sauce
  • Coffee and sweet koutaliou or fruit

Traveler reviews

Fotini's food is what you expect to eat on a Sunday "family get-together" lunch. Very yummy and has that mouth-savouring quality and comfort. It could be your mother or grandmother in that kitchen cooking your favourite dish.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Kallia

My husband and I visited Athens the end of October and as one of our tour activities we selected a taste of the Greek Islands in Athens. We were not sure what to expect as we had not done this before. Fotini is a wonderful hostess who made us feel comfortable from the moment we arrived until we left. We cooked a wonderful meal. The food was amazing and I will be cooking these dishes at home. Our hostess made the cooking experience so easy. All the dishes were well-timed and extremely delicious. We cooked an array of dishes such as egg plant dish, soup, and a main course with meatballs. Fotini not only has a sense of humour, she is also engaging and at one point we were rolling with laughter. This was an excellent experience and we now have a friend for life. This is an experience that I highly recommend.
- Elizabeth October 30, 2017

Fotini was an absolutely wonderful host and the food was excellent!
- Sam November 08, 2017

It was a great experience. Fotini our host was gracious, well read and very cultured. The food we cooked with her was delicious and so fun to make. I would definitely do it again! One of my favorite experiences in Athens!
- Ameera

It was easy to get to Fotini's apartment from our hotel in the city center using the metro and the tram. We arrived a little early for our lunch appointment and it wasn't a problem at all. Fotini invited us into her home and offered us welcome drinks. I was coming down with a cold so she made me some hot tea. After the introductions, we were handed aprons and put to work chopping vegetables and stirring pots. Fotini is a delightful host and we spent our time in the kitchen chatting away about all sorts of topics. When we were finished cooking we settled down at her dining table to enjoy the delicious meal we had prepared. We had a salad with mint dressing that we prepared fresh, soup, olive bread with a parsley based spread that we made fresh and the main course of village sausage with hilopite pasta in tomato sauce. We loved our time with Fotini and best of all we now have a new friend in Greece.
- Russ December 04, 2017

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$50 $44 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$74 $58 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
Transportation
$56 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$50 $44 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$74 $58 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
Transportation
$56 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Host Contact
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  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation
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