Why You Need to Take a Class at Calliope's Real Greek Food
The Mediterranean diet is lauded for its wonderful health benefits, and who better to learn its secrets from than a born and raised Grecian? Named after the Greek muse who presides over epic poetry, Calliope’s Real Greek Food is an inspired place to learn about authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts and natural herbs and spices—plus a limit on unhealthy red meat—these everyday cooking recipes are easy to enjoy and implement. Don’t believe us? Here are some of the reasons why you should visit Calliope’s simple, amazing cooking classes.

For healthy and delicious vegetarian cooking.

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Health and diet restrictions keeping you from enjoying tasty food? With this vegetarian and gluten-free cooking class under your belt, you’ll have expert knowledge in the art of making simple but delicious ladera (aka peasant-style vegetarian) dishes. With five different vegetarian recipes like green beans in a light summer sauce and artichokes with fava beans or cauliflower and artichokes in lemon sauce, this class will have you cooking up a (vegetarian) storm.

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For secret, vegan family recipes.

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Do as the Greeks have done for thousands of years: adopt a healthier diet. Thanks to their vegetable-rich diet, the Greeks have hundreds of recipes that will make the simplest of ingredients into healthy, delicious meals. In this Calliope’s class, you’ll focus on creating classic vegetable dishes, including a spinach pie as well as a vegan chocolate cake. Not only do you get to take whatever food leftover home with you, but you also get to take home a custom booklet of family recipes so you can follow the Greek tradition in the comfort of your own kitchen.

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For soup for the soul.

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The ancient Greeks believed that souls traveled to the afterlife via the River Styx. After this classic soup cooking class, you may just feel like you’ve died and gone to Olympus. Soup for the soul—Calliope’s winter edition—allows you to explore the flavors of fish and meatball stews as well as vegetarian alternatives using chickpeas, spinach and lima beans. Revel in delicious, fresh flavors and delight in warm soups that will hit the spot after a cold winter day.

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For the Mediterranean meat lovers.

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Just because Greek cuisine is based on vegetables doesn’t mean tasty meaty dishes aren’t a staple as well! In this three-hour class, you’ll prepare lamb casserole in red wine and light garlic aromas, slow-cooked goat, spicy country sausages and peppers in tomato sauce and pork tenderloin with leek and celery root. Satisfy those Greek cravings for lamb, goat and pork or practice simpler recipes for on-the-go cooking.

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For olive oil–based desserts.

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We often use butter and sugar in our desserts, but wouldn’t it be nice if we had a healthier and equally delicious alternative? Thankfully, the Greeks have found it. Greek cuisine traditionally uses honey, nuts and olive oil in its desserts. This class puts a twist on classic Western desserts to make olive oil–based, dairy-free cakes, chocolate biscuits, lava cakes and holiday cookies in honey syrup. Enjoy your favorite holiday treats without worrying about your waistline.

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For food the kids will love, too.

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Kids are notoriously picky eaters, which can be pretty challenging if you’re making the move to a healthier diet for the whole family. To make the transition as easy as possible, try this kid-friendly Greek cooking class. Experiment with Greek flavors, herbs and spices to find a common ground for you and your kids. With a menu of healthy and tasty Greek-style fries, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, meat sauce pasta, Greek beef burgers and milk and rice pudding, everyone can find something they love at the dinner table once again.

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For a touch of traditional, a hint of home.

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Care to learn the art of cooking Greek food just like mama used? No problem. Handed down from generation to generation, the tips and tricks you’ll learn from Calliope will give you the inside scoop on what makes a dish essentially Grecian. In this class, you’ll make four hearty homemade dishes including baked pasta with beef and bechamel sauce and grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice and cheese pies. By the end of it, you’ll be yelling “Opa!” along with the best of them.

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