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Greek Dinner Around the World 2018

It was this time of the year again! 15th of January, Greek Dinner Around the World Day! The world’s largest dinner party celebrating Greek people, culture and influences that have shaped our world.

The event involves promising to host a dinner party at home or a local Greek restaurant, inviting others to the celebration of the beauty and wisdom of Greece. Partners to this initiative share experiences and photos of their event, and tweet using the hashtags #GreekDinner, #GreekDinnerAroundTheWorld, and #Jan15.

Athina, YouGoCulture

It was serendipity that on exactly this day I came across the digital platform You Go Culture  by the university of Athens introducing Greek heritage to the world. They say:

“You Go Culture” introduces Greek culture in an extrovert manner on two distinguished levels: to showcase the country’s priceless cultural heritage and to familiarize the international public with aspects of the Greek society of today.

and

Get inspired, encounter past and present, discover world famous destinations around Mediterranean Sea or gain authentic Mediterranean experiences and reward yourself with a virtual or real mosaic of original Greek spirit.

Check it out! Take a virtual tour!

My own celebratory event involved a delicious meal in a Greek restaurant, excellent company (I can reveal that all my guests came with beautiful, newly done hair!), with my 2 most recent books on the table: Ekphrasis: Between Image and Word (Fruit Dove Press, 2017), a collaboration with Maria Pierides and 24 of her paintings with haiku responses by yours truly, and Of This World (Red Moon Press, 2017), my collection of haibun (prose with poetry) with several poems on Greek themes / settings.

Greek Dinner Around the World

A warm, fun, memorable event!

You can obtain a copy of my books by visiting Amazon, Red Moon Press, or by contacting me via the contact form in this website.

And if, having read last year’s blog post, you are wondering whether this year I was a bit wiser, whether this year I followed the Aristotelian

Παν μέτρον άριστον, i.e., Everything in moderation

when it came to consuming the gargantuan amounts of Greek delicacies served at the restaurant,
the answer will disappoint you. No matter, there’s always next year!

Many thanks to Keri Douglas for her tireless efforts in promoting this event, and to all who became part of this global network of celebrating Greece.

Greek Dinner Around the World, 2015

#GreekDinner, Stella Pierides,The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus (624 – 546 BC), is credited with the saying,

A sound mind in a sound body,’

pointing to the close relationship between physical exercise, mental equilibrium and the ability to enjoy life. It seems a good incentive to incorporate in the New Year’s resolution to improve our health, whatever the state we are in.

So, partly in the spirit of this, on the 15th of January each year, a global event takes place: Greek Dinner Around the World. The main goal is to celebrate Greek culinary culture, Greek cuisine as it is known in every part of the globe, and promote the people, authors, chefs, businesses who are connected to Greece. Everyone is invited for a Greek dinner with friends and family. Partners to this initiative host a dinner using Greek products and Greek dishes. Afterwards, they share a photo of their endeavors and experiences, and tweet using the hashtags #GreekDinner and #EatGreek.

This year, for the second time, I took part in the global celebration of Greek culinary culture, by sharing a delicious Greek meal with friends and family. And books, of course. We met at Lemonia, the old favourite in Primrose Hill. The food was good – especially the fish, which was a ‘miracle,’ to use a Greek expression – the company excellent, and well, the evening a treat. Only problem: we all ate a little too much. We discovered the limits to Thales’ saying. After a point, the amount of food, and drink, interfere with both mind and body! Which led us to resolve next year to follow another Greek saying: the Aristotelian

Παν μέτρον άριστον, i.e., Everything in moderation

Many thanks to Keri Douglas for her tireless efforts in promoting this event.

There was also food for thought. I brought two of my books –collections of short stories on Greek themes — to the table: Feeding the Doves, and The Heart and Its Reasons

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