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Host: Erna

Epanomi-Thessaloniki, Greece

USD
$60-$124 per person

A blend of Greek traditional dishes with modern twists

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Erna

Erna and her husband, Thanos, live in a seaside village outside of Thessaloniki and both share a common passion for food and hospitality. Erna is a native Austrian and has been living in Greece, where she moved after marrying Thanos, for the past 30 years. Erna first learned to cook in school, where cooking classes were part of the curriculum, and she developed a passion that started in the classroom and traveled home, where she fondly remembers recreating dishes learned at school for her family. Erna's in-laws were both professional cooks and she learned traditional Greek cooking from them. She knew she couldn’t compete with their professional cooking skills, so she started to innovate and create her own dishes, which are traditional Greek recipes with an Austrian twist!

From Erna, “We like to please people through their taste buds which always leads to interesting conversations, sharing a good glass of wine and having a good time.”

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: (1-10 guests) Erna and Thanos will welcome you into their beautiful home, which is filled with arts and trinkets from their travels across Europe and beyond! Erna makes everything from scratch, including her delicious freshly-baked bread. Thanos is always in charge of the fish, which is cooked to perfection! They combine flavors from their Greek and Austrian cultures with delicious results.

Your meal will be served at the dining table or in the garden area, depending on the weather. You can expect to eat dishes cooked with fresh and seasonal ingredients such as fava beans, olive bread, fish with herbs and pine nuts, baked lamb, traditional pie with wild leafy herbs (such as amaranth, dock weed and dandelion), and stuffed zucchini flowers with bulgur. For dessert you might be treated to pomegranate gelee or a fig strudel in red wine sauce served with Greek yogurt. After your meal you can enjoy some coffee and homemade loukoumi (traditional sweets made from flour and sugar) while sharing travel stories.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Together with Erna, you will prepare all the side dishes for your meal, such as feta or anchovies in wine leaves, fried aubergines stuffed with herbs and fresh cheese, tzatziki with purslane (traditional strained yogurt with garlic, purslane, olive oil and lemon). All these will be made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours and at the end you will enjoy your full meal together at the table, newly-able to recreate a few authentic Greek dishes once back home!

Market visit: (1-4 guests) On Wednesdays, Erna will walk you to her local weekly morning market where you can get an assortment of local fruits and vegetables. This market is a 10-minutes walk from Erna and Thanos's home. On days other than Wednesday, Erna will take you to another small, local market where there are fish and vegetable stands. There you will shop together for fresh fish for your meal.

Languages spoken: English, German, Greek

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Erna and her husband Thanos were such excellent hosts, not only with food but history, hospitality and guidance! And wow, what a lunch! They will definitely be a star addition to Travelling Spoon - at least two on the Michelin scale! I was welcomed not only into their home but their hearts as well!

Karen, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

We had a wonderful cooking and eating experience with Erna. The food was delicious and the company was great! Erna is such a lovely, interesting and funny woman we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with her. The food was excellent with lovely fresh ingredients. We got to try some interesting, new things like a vine leaf salad! Highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for a lovely meal with great company! The food she prepares with you is with delicious, fresh and local ingredients. She incorporates different flavours we got to try a few new things we hadn't tried before! She went out of her way to make us feel welcome and we even got to visit a local winery on her recommendation!
- Stephanie May 07, 2019

We had a great time cooking and eating with Erna. The food she prepares with you is with delicious, fresh and local ingredients. She incorporates different flavours we got to try a few new things we hadn't tried before! She went out of her way to make us feel welcome and we even got to visit a local winery on her recommendation!
- Stephanie May 07, 2019

Our dinner with Erna and Thanos was the highlight of our visit to Thessaloniki. The food was exceptional - we all agreed we could never get a meal like that in a restaurant. Erna and Thanos were warm and charming, their home is beautiful and the meal's presentation was stunning. We will cherish the memory!
- Julie

Had a great time with Erna, was great to understand the Greek culture.
- Michelle January 22, 2019

I would have to say that my favorite memory of our trip to Greece was our cooking class with Erna and Thanos. Thanos picked us up (we are a mother and daughter team) and we drove to their village about 1/2 hour outside of the city. He described all of the sites we were passing along the way, clearly proud of his community and culture. Their home is charming and decorated with mementos from their travels. They are both warm, hospitable hosts and it was great that they had a strong command of English since we do not speak Greek. Erna gave us a small, handwritten notebook with our menu listed and all of the ingredients. Many of the ingredients were prepped so it was easy to make the numerous dishes. They seemed a bit surprised that we wanted to help prep- saying that a number of their former guests had mostly wanted to watch and then eat the meal. The fish and multiple side dishes were all delicious as was the dessert. We learned a lot and plan to try to duplicated many of the dishes at home. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations on many, many topics and they were very generous serving a number of different wines. Both Erna and Thanos are very thoughtful, intelligent people and like to laugh. This was a delightful experience. I truly hope to visit with them again in the future.
- Myra and Sage (from Virginia) December 26, 2018

A most enjoyable experience! Make sure you are hungry because the table is full.
- Mike November 13, 2018

Erna and Thanos welcomed us in their home with open arms! The food was excellent! My favourite was the fish, it was very juicy! They also served us a greek classic: aubergine salad, which was so good! The food and wines where all local! We had a lovely evening! Made new friends! And got to experience how nice greek hospitality can be!
- Mica October 21, 2018

It was a lovely evening at Erna and Thanos' house. The dinner we prepared was very tasty and I would highly recommend other visitors in the region of Thessaloniki to try the Traveling Spoon with Erna.
- Uta July 20, 2017

Completely awesome!! Erna & Thanos were fabulous hosts & the food was excellent!! The fish was fabulous but I was truly fascinated by the eggplant dish with sour plums - fabulous!
- Jayne

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Erna

$60-$124 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$82 $70 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$104 $90 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$124 $108 Not offered
Alcohol
$18 per person
Transportation
$50 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$82 $70 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$104 $90 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$124 $108 Not offered
Alcohol
$18 per person
Transportation
$50 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-4:00pm 8:00pm-11:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 6:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm

Meet Erna

Erna and her husband, Thanos, live in a seaside village outside of Thessaloniki and both share a common passion for food and hospitality. Erna is a native Austrian and has been living in Greece, where she moved after marrying Thanos, for the past 30 years. Erna first learned to cook in school, where cooking classes were part of the curriculum, and she developed a passion that started in the classroom and traveled home, where she fondly remembers recreating dishes learned at school for her family. Erna's in-laws were both professional cooks and she learned traditional Greek cooking from them. She knew she couldn’t compete with their professional cooking skills, so she started to innovate and create her own dishes, which are traditional Greek recipes with an Austrian twist!

From Erna, “We like to please people through their taste buds which always leads to interesting conversations, sharing a good glass of wine and having a good time.”

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: (1-10 guests) Erna and Thanos will welcome you into their beautiful home, which is filled with arts and trinkets from their travels across Europe and beyond! Erna makes everything from scratch, including her delicious freshly-baked bread. Thanos is always in charge of the fish, which is cooked to perfection! They combine flavors from their Greek and Austrian cultures with delicious results.

Your meal will be served at the dining table or in the garden area, depending on the weather. You can expect to eat dishes cooked with fresh and seasonal ingredients such as fava beans, olive bread, fish with herbs and pine nuts, baked lamb, traditional pie with wild leafy herbs (such as amaranth, dock weed and dandelion), and stuffed zucchini flowers with bulgur. For dessert you might be treated to pomegranate gelee or a fig strudel in red wine sauce served with Greek yogurt. After your meal you can enjoy some coffee and homemade loukoumi (traditional sweets made from flour and sugar) while sharing travel stories.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Together with Erna, you will prepare all the side dishes for your meal, such as feta or anchovies in wine leaves, fried aubergines stuffed with herbs and fresh cheese, tzatziki with purslane (traditional strained yogurt with garlic, purslane, olive oil and lemon). All these will be made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours and at the end you will enjoy your full meal together at the table, newly-able to recreate a few authentic Greek dishes once back home!

Market visit: (1-4 guests) On Wednesdays, Erna will walk you to her local weekly morning market where you can get an assortment of local fruits and vegetables. This market is a 10-minutes walk from Erna and Thanos's home. On days other than Wednesday, Erna will take you to another small, local market where there are fish and vegetable stands. There you will shop together for fresh fish for your meal.

Languages spoken: English, German, Greek

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Erna and her husband Thanos were such excellent hosts, not only with food but history, hospitality and guidance! And wow, what a lunch! They will definitely be a star addition to Travelling Spoon - at least two on the Michelin scale! I was welcomed not only into their home but their hearts as well!

Karen, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

We had a wonderful cooking and eating experience with Erna. The food was delicious and the company was great! Erna is such a lovely, interesting and funny woman we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with her. The food was excellent with lovely fresh ingredients. We got to try some interesting, new things like a vine leaf salad! Highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for a lovely meal with great company! The food she prepares with you is with delicious, fresh and local ingredients. She incorporates different flavours we got to try a few new things we hadn't tried before! She went out of her way to make us feel welcome and we even got to visit a local winery on her recommendation!
- Stephanie May 07, 2019

We had a great time cooking and eating with Erna. The food she prepares with you is with delicious, fresh and local ingredients. She incorporates different flavours we got to try a few new things we hadn't tried before! She went out of her way to make us feel welcome and we even got to visit a local winery on her recommendation!
- Stephanie May 07, 2019

Our dinner with Erna and Thanos was the highlight of our visit to Thessaloniki. The food was exceptional - we all agreed we could never get a meal like that in a restaurant. Erna and Thanos were warm and charming, their home is beautiful and the meal's presentation was stunning. We will cherish the memory!
- Julie

Had a great time with Erna, was great to understand the Greek culture.
- Michelle January 22, 2019

I would have to say that my favorite memory of our trip to Greece was our cooking class with Erna and Thanos. Thanos picked us up (we are a mother and daughter team) and we drove to their village about 1/2 hour outside of the city. He described all of the sites we were passing along the way, clearly proud of his community and culture. Their home is charming and decorated with mementos from their travels. They are both warm, hospitable hosts and it was great that they had a strong command of English since we do not speak Greek. Erna gave us a small, handwritten notebook with our menu listed and all of the ingredients. Many of the ingredients were prepped so it was easy to make the numerous dishes. They seemed a bit surprised that we wanted to help prep- saying that a number of their former guests had mostly wanted to watch and then eat the meal. The fish and multiple side dishes were all delicious as was the dessert. We learned a lot and plan to try to duplicated many of the dishes at home. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations on many, many topics and they were very generous serving a number of different wines. Both Erna and Thanos are very thoughtful, intelligent people and like to laugh. This was a delightful experience. I truly hope to visit with them again in the future.
- Myra and Sage (from Virginia) December 26, 2018

A most enjoyable experience! Make sure you are hungry because the table is full.
- Mike November 13, 2018

Erna and Thanos welcomed us in their home with open arms! The food was excellent! My favourite was the fish, it was very juicy! They also served us a greek classic: aubergine salad, which was so good! The food and wines where all local! We had a lovely evening! Made new friends! And got to experience how nice greek hospitality can be!
- Mica October 21, 2018

It was a lovely evening at Erna and Thanos' house. The dinner we prepared was very tasty and I would highly recommend other visitors in the region of Thessaloniki to try the Traveling Spoon with Erna.
- Uta July 20, 2017

Completely awesome!! Erna & Thanos were fabulous hosts & the food was excellent!! The fish was fabulous but I was truly fascinated by the eggplant dish with sour plums - fabulous!
- Jayne

Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$82 $70 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$104 $90 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$124 $108 Not offered
Alcohol
$18 per person
Transportation
$50 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$82 $70 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$104 $90 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$124 $108 Not offered
Alcohol
$18 per person
Transportation
$50 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-4:00pm 8:00pm-11:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 6:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm
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