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Cooking class (1-7 days), traditional Greek cuisine, on a Greek island provided by Villa Maria’s Kitchen

Cooking class (1-7 days), traditional Greek cuisine, on a Greek island

Cooking class (1-7 days), traditional Greek cuisine, on a Greek island
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Discover the traditional Greek cuisine with a passionate cook using organic, local, seasonal produce to create unique healthy and delicious dishes. Sample wines and cheese from various areas of Greece. Learn secrets and techniques and see how Greeks eat at home. At the end of the class, enjoy a Greek feast in the lovely shaded courtyard and return home able to cook a full Greek meal from scratch! In a multi-day experience, classes will focus on different aspects of the various regional cuisines of Greece. Go on a market tour and sample exquisite local specialities, enjoy a gourmet beach picnic and swim in pristine beaches, explore fishing villages, traditional settlements and local tavernas and learn how to forage wild herbs and greens. Your stay will be at Villa maria, a restored historical listed 19th century mansion, full of old world charm, in the magnificent town of Ermoupolis, capital of Syros, an island with rich history and culture and fascinating culinary tradition.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • We will meet at the main square of Ermoupolis and then, we will walk to our traditional historical guesthouse. It is some steps uphill, a 3 minute walk. The class will take place in the villa’s restored gourmet kitchen. You will enjoy a glass of herbal tea made with a blend of the island’s wild herbs while I give you some information about the Greek culinary tradition and the history of the dishes we are going to prepare. We will then start our hands-on cooking class, where, under my guidance, you will prepare a full menu of several dishes and learn step by step treasured Greek home recipes not found in restaurants. Our menu will include a couple of starters/first courses, a pie, a salad, a main dish and a dessert. You can opt for a vegan/ vegetarian menu. Menus vary according to season. Some of the dishes we may prepare: parsley/garlic/ lemon dip, split peas purée with capers, caramelized onions and sun dried tomatoes, courgette, mint and goat cheese pie, stuffed tomatoes/ peppers with rice, herbs, currants and pine nuts, aubergine rolls with soft fresh cheese, vine leaves pies with yogurt and herbs, figs poached in sweet wine with almonds and spices, orange and cinnamon flavored semolina halwa, sweet milk pie and many more. When all our dishes are ready, we will share a feast in the villa’s shaded courtyard. Sit back and enjoy a feast for all the senses! If you wish we can include in your experience at a supplementary cost of 30€ p.p. a wine and cheese tasting. You will try excellent Greek wines ( a white, a pink, a red and a dessert wine) and sample cheeses from various regions of Greece. NOTE: For less than 4 participants, the class may take place in the kitchen of our country home in Finikas, 10km from Ermoupolis. In this case we will arrange the transport. We will enjoy our meal in the lovely garden, in the shade of a fig tree, or in the dining room overlooking the bay.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • We will meet at the main square of Ermoupolis and then, we will walk to our traditional historical guesthouse. It is some steps uphill, a 3 minute walk. The class will take place in the villa’s restored gourmet kitchen. You will enjoy a glass of herbal tea made with a blend of the island’s wild herbs while I give you some information about the Greek culinary tradition and the history of the dishes we are going to prepare. We will then start our hands-on cooking class, where, under my guidance, you will prepare a full menu of several dishes and learn step by step treasured Greek home recipes not found in restaurants. Our menu will include a couple of starters/first courses, a pie, a salad, a main dish and a dessert. You can opt for a vegan/ vegetarian menu. Menus vary according to season. Some of the dishes we may prepare: parsley/garlic/ lemon dip, split peas purée with capers, caramelized onions and sun dried tomatoes, courgette, mint and goat cheese pie, stuffed tomatoes/ peppers with rice, herbs, currants and pine nuts, aubergine rolls with soft fresh cheese, vine leaves pies with yogurt and herbs, figs poached in sweet wine with almonds and spices, orange and cinnamon flavored semolina halwa, sweet milk pie and many more. When all our dishes are ready, we will share a feast in the villa’s shaded courtyard. Sit back and enjoy a feast for all the senses! If you wish we can include in your experience at a supplementary cost of 30€ p.p. a wine and cheese tasting. You will try excellent Greek wines ( a white, a pink, a red and a dessert wine) and sample cheeses from various regions of Greece. NOTE: For less than 4 participants, the class may take place in the kitchen of our country home in Finikas, 10km from Ermoupolis. In this case we will arrange the transport. We will enjoy our meal in the lovely garden, in the shade of a fig tree, or in the dining room overlooking the bay.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 229088P1
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • The experience includes a 4 hour cooking class during which we will prepare 7-8 different dishes, and the meal that will follow the class ( food and drinks).
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
Duration
3–4 hours
Departure details
  • Town Hall of Ermoupolis, Plateia Miaoyli, Ermoupoli 841 00, Greece The meeting point is in front of the town hall right at the main square. The most famous building in town, you cannot miss it! The house is a 3min. walk from there.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • The experience includes a 4 hour cooking class during which we will prepare 7-8 different dishes, and the meal that will follow the class ( food and drinks).
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
Departure details
  • Town Hall of Ermoupolis, Plateia Miaoyli, Ermoupoli 841 00, Greece The meeting point is in front of the town hall right at the main square. The most famous building in town, you cannot miss it! The house is a 3min. walk from there.
Duration
3–4 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Leah M
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
Fantastic!! Our favorite cooking class!
Oct. 2021
Villa Maria's cooking class was hands-down the highlight of our 10-day trip to Greece! It was an incredible experience! Elisa is personable, knowledgeable, and a very skilled chef. In addition to learning about Greek cuisine and cooking a delicious meal, Elisa welcomed us into her gorgeous home in the countryside and we got to meet her lovely family. We felt really safe even with it being COVID. In addition, Elisa gave us a tour of Villa Maria - a beautiful historic mansion that Elisa and her family have lovingly renovated, that you can stay in! We would absolutely stay at Villa Maria on our next trip. You should book this class - it will be the highlight of your trip to Greece and a truly memorable (and delicious!) experience!
Written 4 November 2021
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Anna B
United Kingdom1 contribution
The warmest, most delicious Greek welcome to Syros
Oct. 2021
I cannot recommend a day with Elisa more highly. She is a fantastic cook, kind and generous host, excellent teacher and enjoyable company.

Together we made a variety of dishes from across the Cyclades - a far greater variety than your typical Greek restaurant fare with interesting insights into ingredients, culture and techniques. After cooking, we shared the three course meal with lovely wines paired with the really tasty dishes.

Elisa was also full of recommendations for other things to see and do on the island.
Written 28 October 2021
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EdithMeyerArnet
Luzern4 contributions
Absolut fantastic cooking class
Sep. 2021
Elisa's cooking class is an absolute must when you in Syros. My husband and I learned so much.
It was a wonderful experience. I can recommend to anyone who loves food.
Written 21 October 2021
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Thank you Edith, for me it was also a pleasure!
Written 28 October 2021
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Christine F
6 contributions
One of the best cooking classes I have ever taken!
Oct. 2021
Villla Maria's Kitchen cooking class was absolutely wonderful. I took a private one day cooking class with Elisa. I learned so much about traditional Greek home cooking. Elisa reviewed menu options with me the day before. The recipes we made were incredibly delicious and ones I know I will be able to replicate at home. They were also unique. I don't think I would have learned how to make the rooster stew and yoghurt pies wrapped in grape leaves (my favorite from the lesson!) at another class. I only wish I took more pictures of the final dishes. Elisa was an incredible chef and instructor. Absolutely wonderful to chat with and get to know. If you are in the area and want to learn some greek home cooking, definitely check out Villa Maria's Kitchen.
Written 14 October 2021
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Christine, thank you for your kind words, it means a lot to me to know how much you have enjoyed the class and how useful you found it. It was a pleasure to meet you, get in touch any time you need extra advice when you prepare a Greek meal at home!
Written 19 October 2021
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GanLo
3 contributions
Top cooking tips from a local!
Jul. 2021
An overall amazing and wholesome experience! Elisa and her husband made us feel right at home over some home cooked greek food, cheese and wine. Highly recommended!
Written 14 August 2021
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Dina S
3 contributions
Cooking class in Syros
Jul. 2021
I absolutely loved the cooking class with Elisa! We did a lot of recipes and I appreciate her flexibility for choosing vegetarian options for us. We learned to make around 3 appetizers and 3 main courses. Everything was delicious. Her house and kitchen are so beautiful that you don't want to actually leave after the class :) Highly recommended for couples, friends, or family.
Written 29 July 2021
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syenning
Athens, Greece6 contributions
A true gem for a food lover!
Jul. 2021
It was an impulsive decision to do a cooking class with Eliza on my last day in Syros. But oh boy am I glad that I made this decision because it was such a treat! I arrived in Eliza’s house in Finikas, which has a beautiful garden with vegetables and fruits, which she uses for the cooking class. Her house is very cozy and warm with a beautiful rustic kitchen, Eliza had done most of the preparations, so no time was wasted, and she is so organized and clean . Eliza managed to teach me 8 new dishes in less than 3 hours! Eliza spares no secrets in all her recipes, and it was truly an enjoyable learning experience and I didn’t need to jot down any notes because she sends me the detailed recipes as promised in 1 day. After the cooking lesson we sat down at Eliza’s beautiful garden and enjoyed all the dishes with her family, which was truly amazingly delicious. I felt like I dined in a 5 star restaurant and their hospitality is truly admirable. I had a magical day with Eliza, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a food lover with closed eyes....... ; )
Written 28 July 2021
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Thank you so much, I am really glad you enjoyed the cooking class, for me it was also a great pleasure to meet you, and I truly hope we'll meet again for some more cooking!
Written 29 July 2021
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Pierina8
2 contributions
For Foodies and Non Foodies alike!
Jul. 2021
Ok i am not a total foodie like my partner. However, I do enjoy good tasty healthy traditional foods. I was gifted this surprise cooking class and totally enjoyed it! I was able to choose a menu since I wanted to learn the Greek Baklava and Hudson wanted to learn to make a lamb dish. and more.
What I loved the best was it was easy to follow Elisa, super fun talking to her (how can she concentrate and cook so well!?) and the whole experience was five star. Hudson loved the food the best and having recipes to do again at home.
Elisa used both her own home grown veggies and locally sourced cheeses and meats, wine and honey!. Maybe that we overate could be seen as a negative but oh so memorable and delicious:>))
Written 20 July 2021
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Pierra, thank you so much! It was such a pleasure to cook with you and spend such a fun evening enjoying the fruits of our labour! I hope you will be using your new culinary knowledge! I hope we'll have another chance to meet again around a table!
Written 21 July 2021
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inciity33
1 contribution
Cooking with Eilsa
Jul. 2021
My husband and I booked a cooking class with Eilsa and got so much more then just an afternoon event. You Immediately become part of her family as she teaches not just technique of regional Greek cooking, but the history of the dishes as well. From planning the menu together to her wine and cheese pairings, to getting copies of the recipes, the whole experience was more than we expected! Eating our creations with her husband and fellow travelers in her enchanting garden was a true highlight of out trip to Syros.
Written 12 July 2021
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PrincessSalme
Vienna, Austria6 contributions
Wonderful, traditional food
Jun. 2021
Elisa's cooking gives a wonderful insight into the various ingredients and tastes of traditional Greek and Cycladic dishes. We loved the many vegetarian and vegan varieties! Fully recommend.
Written 12 July 2021
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Warm, friendly, and expert
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Great experience
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a great greek cookery course
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A deliciously wonderful experience!
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