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Host: Erna

Epanomi-Thessaloniki, Greece

USD
$40-$98 per person

A blend of Greek traditional dishes with modern twists

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

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

Traveler reviews

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

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!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Karen

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

$40-$98 USD

per person
100%
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $68 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $88 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $68 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $88 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
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

Traveler reviews

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

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!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Karen

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

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $68 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $88 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $68 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $88 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
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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