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Wining & Dining

To be Greek is to love food

On 13, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In History, Wining & Dining, Xenia | By Xenia

To be Greek is to love food—to truly, deeply love it. Greek mothers show devotion by preparing big, delicious suppers. Greek hosts show guests their respect and affection with elaborate feasts. Good food is as much a part of our heritage as the invention of philosophy and democracy.

We care so much about good cooking that it figures in some of our most famous (or infamous) stories. For example, consider the myth of the Sons of Pelops, the rulers of Argos (the birthplace of the Trojan War). The Pelops Boys got into a bit of an argument…apparently Thyestes engaged in some naughty behavior with Atreus’s wife Aerope. Understandably, some bad blood developed. But after a time, Thyestes wanted to make peace, and Atreus replied with an invitation to a banquet. It was a grand feast; the brothers drank deeply of the best wine, laughed over old times, and all seemed to be well. Until Atreus revealed what the main course had been: a stew made from the flesh of Thyestes’ two young sons.

A terrible way to treat a guest—but Atreus had a good teacher. His grandfather, Tantalus, had served his own son Pelops at a banquet he gave for the gods. He expected them to appreciate the depth of his devotion, but he had misjudged his audience. Appalled and nauseated, the gods condemned Tantalus to an eternity of thirst and hunger in Hell, and brought Pelops back to life. Of course, they did not know that the family would keep repeating history.

To fool someone when it comes to food, that’s a crime punishable with an eternity of torment! That is why, instead of inviting the ancient Gods, Domes of Elounda invited 5 award-winning chefs to prepare some of their most exciting recipes for our guests. Some of our visiting stars are Greek natives; others have been invited from neighboring countries. All of them have a passion for amazing flavours. Should the gods come to visit, they won’t be disappointed; we aren’t afraid of repeating Tantalus’s mistake! They, and you, can expect fresh ingredients, fresh ideas, and the excellent preparation that our Anthos restaurant always strives to offer guests. So visitors to Elounda can look forward to a month of feasting and revelry in the true Greek tradition. We’ll save family drama for the fireside stories. See you at the table!