Culinary Crete:
Secrets of Well-Being

About the event

Culinary Crete provides participants with opportunities for hands-on, inspirational culinary activity while moving at a vacation-friendly pace. Daily cooking classes, discussions, activities and excursions will be interspersed with plenty of free time to enjoy the sublime landscape and luxurious accommodations at Dalabelos Estate.

The schedule for individual participants will depend on arrival and departure date & time. All participants will begin with an orientation, discussion of terroir and the Cretan diet, and an estate farm tour.

In the evening, enjoy concerts of traditional Cretan music and other cultural exhibitions and activities.

We promise a relaxing, decidedly delicious immersion in traditional Cretan cuisine, music, and culture.

Instructors

Christopher Bakken

With almost thirty years of experience cooking, writing, and traveling in Greece, Program Director Christopher Bakken supplements his skills as a chef with deep knowledge of literature, gastronomy, history, and Greek culture. 

He is the author of the culinary memoir, Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table, as well as three books of poetry. His work has appeared widely in publication in the U.S. and Europe. Christopher earned a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from University of Houston, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia University. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bucharest and is Frederick F. Seely Professor of English at Allegheny College.

Christopher won Food & Wine Magazine’s Best Burger Contest in 2005 and he has cooked live on the CBS Saturday Morning Early Show.

Vassills Petrodaskalakis

The proprietor of Dalabelos Estate, Vassilis combines his background as an engineer with a committed focus on sustainability and natural aesthetics. He is at the forefront of progressive and thoughtful argotourism in Greece. 

Vassilis is also a virtuoso musician with a deep and abiding knowledge of the traditional music of Crete. He plays numerous instruments, including the Cretan lute, bouzouki, oud, and boulgari.  He has performed concerts around Crete and mainland Greece and he frequently collaborates with other musicians, poets, and visual artists.

Maria Boulougouri

The executive chef at Dalabelos Estate, Maria’s expertise in traditional Cretan cuisine is informed by her own wide-ranging culinary imagination and creativity. 

The menu she serves at Dalabelos Estate changes daily, based on what the estate’s gardens, vineyards, fields, and groves provide.  Her cooking is therefore intrinsically seasonal, sustainable, and local; a day in the kitchen with her offers an education in culinary technique, but also an introduction to her way of seeing, which is at once traditionally Cretan and also very worldly.

Posters

Schedule

You may either participate on a single event, or book for a whole day! Please contact us for more information.

June 6

  • Greek small plates: Miraculous Mezes 10:30

    Join chefs Maria Bolougouri and Christopher Bakken for a morning of delicious, hands-on culinary activity at Dalabelos Estate, a local food paradise located outside the village of Ageliana. This lesson introduces participants to the small plates that make up the bulk of Greek casual dining: mezes. We will focus on the production of traditional dolmades, made with grape leaves and the leaves of the mulberry tree, which are currently in season. We will also make a small plate featuring local foraged snails. Other small dishes, including the ever-present tzatziki, will round out our lesson. At the conclusion of the lesson, participants will enjoy a meal, including the dishes they have produced, overlooking the organic olive groves and vineyards of the Dalabelos. Price includes the cooking lesson and lunch, plus one drink.

  • Musical Instruments presentation & live music performance 21:30

    Vassilis Petrodaskalakis & Yiannis Polychronakis

June 7

  • Cooking lesson: Hand-made pasta with local cheese and Traditional Greek Salad 10:30

    Join chefs Maria Bolougouri and Christopher Bakken for a morning of delicious, hands-on culinary activity at Dalabelos Estate, a local food paradise located outside the village of Ageliana. This lesson introduces participants to hand-made pasta stuffed with local mizithra cheese and spinach, finished with a roasted tomato sauce. We will also make a traditional Greek salad, featuring locally foraged herbs and greens. At the conclusion of the lesson, participants will enjoy a meal, including the dishes they have produced, overlooking the organic olive groves and vineyards of the Dalabelos. Price includes the cooking lesson and lunch, plus one drink.

  • Cooking Lesson: Local Seafood specialties 16:30

    Join chef Maria Bolougouri for an afternoon of delicious, hands-on culinary activity at Dalabelos Estate, a local food paradise located outside the village of Ageliana. This lesson introduces participants to the easy, healthful production of local anchovies and mussels. At the conclusion of the lesson, participants enjoy an evening meal, including the dishes they have produced, overlooking the organic olive groves and vineyards of the Dalabelos. Participants will also enjoy an astonishing musical performance by local jazz trio, Calimondo. Price includes the cooking lesson and dinner, plus one drink.

  • Calimendo - Jazz Trio 21:30

June 8

  • Cooking Lesson: Wood-Oven Slow Food 10:30

    Join chefs Maria Bolougouri and Christopher Bakken for a morning of delicious, hands-on culinary activity at Dalabelos Estate, a local food paradise located outside the village of Ageliana. This lesson introduces participants to the fine art of cooking in a wood-oven. Beginning with ferocious heat, the wood-oven slowly reduces temperature, imparting to dishes astonishing caramelization and concentrated flavor. We will prepare a traditional chickpea dish with rosemary, as well as braised lamb and a sumptuous casserole featuring orzo, chicken, figs and oranges. At the conclusion of the lesson, participants will enjoy a meal, including the dishes they have produced, overlooking the organic olive groves and vineyards of the Dalabelos. Price includes the cooking lesson and lunch, plus one drink. Participants are warmly invited to stay at Dalabelos for the evening. At 18:00, they will learn about the production of traditional olive oil soap, and later that evening they can enjoy dinner along with a feast of traditional Cretan music.

  • Olive oil soap 18:00
  • Cretan music feast 21:30

June 9

  • Cooking Class: Chicken with Petimezi sauce and Bulgur with Vegetables 10:30

    Join chefs Maria Bolougouri and Christopher Bakken for a morning of delicious, hands-on culinary activity at Dalabelos Estate, a local food paradise located outside the village of Ageliana. This lesson introduces participants to a very unique dish of slow-braised chicken infused with tomatoes and the unique and traditional petimezi, an nutritious and tasty grape molasses. To accompany the braised chicken, participants will learn to work with healthful bulgur wheat, which will be cooked and tossed with seasonal vegetables. At the conclusion of the lesson, participants will enjoy a meal, including the dishes they have produced, overlooking the organic olive groves and vineyards of the Dalabelos. Price includes the cooking lesson and lunch, plus one drink. Participants are warmly invited to stay at Dalabelos for the evening, where they will enjoy an exhibition of rembetika, often referred to as the Greek “blues,” featuring local virtuosos Yannis Paximadakis, Nikos Stamatakis, and Maria Fasoulaki.

  • Rebetiko 21:30

    Yannis Paximadakis, Nikos Stamatakis - Maria Fasoulaki

Location // Dalabelos Estate

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tel: (+30) 2834022155

email: info@dalabelos.gr

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