Cooking with Lena

Authentic Greek cuisine from a passionate home chef

Duration

4-5 hours

When

Mon-Fri: 06.00pm, Sat-Sun: 12.00pm

Languages

english

Price

€75per person

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Lena is a native Athenian but her family roots are from both Corfu in the west and Asia Minor in the east, and she draws her inspiration in cooking from both of these traditions. In fact, some of her recipes date back generations. Her apartment is located in the north of Athens, overlooking a large garden.

Looking for a Private Tour?

We offer all our tours as private and are happy to customize them for you!

Highlights

  • Learning new recipes and new skills so you can create your own Greek feast back home
  • Seeing where food and the rituals of cooking really fit into Greek culture
  • Enjoying the casual yet warm hospitality of your host’s home
  • Eating what you make – the best part of any cooking class!

What you can expect

Forget the chef’s hats - in their own kitchens, your instructors will show you just how traditional Greek dishes are made right at home, where real cooking happens. You might find out how to make spanakopita (spinach pie), for instance, a snack that’s as tasty as it is fun to put together, or learn to master ravani, a sweet semolina cake that may quickly become your favorite dessert. Whatever you make, it will be authentic, made with fresh ingredients sourced as locally as possible, and you’ll be right up to your elbows in it!

You’ll discover techniques as well as recipes, and you’ll hear, too, the story of each dish – where it comes from and what it means to the family of the cook that’s teaching you. Don’t forget that nearly all the cooks in Greece are home-taught, and culinary wisdom is passed down from generation to generation. On the other hand, each cook is different as well, so you’ll also find out how tastes and dishes have evolved over time. Then, once all the cooking and the teaching are over, you’ll get to eat everything you’ve made, in a start-to-finish experience that’s miles apart from ordering this meal at a restaurant.

These recipes are easy to learn and don’t involve any restaurant-caliber equipment or rare ingredients, so you’ll have no problem replicating them yourself back at home. Your cooks will also share helpful kitchen tips and explain variations on the dishes as well.

This is not cooking under pressure; instead, it’s a relaxed introduction to Greek cuisine that works whether you’re an occasional cook or an aspiring chef. It’s also a great chance to see another aspect of Greek society – in Greece, the kitchen is the heart of every house, and probably half of all daily conversations between friends or family begin with: “What are you having for dinner?” This means that with this lesson, as well as learning recipes, you’ll learn a little more about the national character, too.

 

Practical info

Duration
4-5 hours
Languages
english
When
Mon-Fri: 06.00pm, Sat-Sun: 12.00pm
Group size
Up to 12 people

Prices

  • Adults: 75 €
  • Children under 6: Free
  • Children 6-11: 38 €
  • Children 12-18: 52 €

What's included

  • Preparation of the meal
  • Food and drinks as described in the menu

Not included

  • Transportation to/from your guest's home

Notes

  • Your hosts need some time to prepare a memorable experience for you so bookings need to be made at least 2 days before the date you want to immerse in the Greek cuisine. 
  • Please note that this activity will take place only if the minimum number of 4 participants is met so we will confirm your booking 2 days prior to the activity date.
  • Lena can also accommodate vegetarians and vegans if you secure a private experience with her.If you suffer from any food allergies or have special dietary requirements, you are kindly requested to contact us in advance before booking this tour.
  • Your meeting location is in Aghia Paraskevi. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.
  • This activity does not operate on January 1st and December 25th.
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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Alternative Athens does it right! There is no better way to get a feel and taste of authentic Athens than accompanying Zoe on a delightful tour of off-the-beaten path food delights. We discovered amazing side streets while learning about the history, fine art and traditions of wonderful treats. This was an amazing way to begin our Athens adventure. Zoe brought the heart and soul of Athens to a never to be forgotten culinary stroll."

Cathi A - USA, TripAdvisor

"As an artist, Nikos was able to give us a lot of insight into both art we were looking at and the personalities behind the art. Along the way he provided much of the contemporary history that contextualized the life of Athenians the inspires the art that we saw. …Can't miss."

Eric K

"We did the night tour with Antonis on our first day in Athens - what a fabulous way to start our trip! Antonis took us to five stellar bars that we would definitely not have found on our own - unique drinks, amazing food and lovely atmosphere at each of them. Antonis himself seems to know everybody at every bar - not surprising given what a fun and awesome guy he is! We cannot recommend the tour with Antonis enough - he is awesome and the tour is an absolute must do in Athens!!"

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