Sunday, April 28, 2013

Zaytinya Celebrates Greek Easter with Outdoor Market

By: Lauren Rittermann
Capital Cooking Contributor

Jose Andres and the culinary team at Zaytinya kicked off their Greek Easter Celebration with a fantastic outdoor market featuring local artists and vendors as well as live music.  The Greek Easter celebration begins on the Greek Orthodox Palm Sunday and ends on the day of Saint Thomas, the Sunday after Easter. The holiday is considered one of the most sacred celebrations and is a time for families to spend time together and honor Spring with festive gatherings, traditional Greek dishes, and religious ceremonies.

From March 31st through May 5th Zaytinia invites Washingtonians to celebrate Greek Easter by hosting a two day agora or "Greek outdoor market".  The market took place on the patio of the Greek restaurant and included food, drink, and fantastic live music.

Guests mingled about the patio experiencing true Greek culture by sampling Greek wine and spirits from Dionysos Imports and traditional foods and cuisine including Greek honey and Mediterranean sea salts from Demeter's Pantry, and Border Springs Farms lamb sausages.

Of course there were award winning Greek olive oils to sample from Kaldes Bros Trading Company and Manoli Canoli, and you could even purchase some of the restaurants famous and delicious spreads and pita chips while sipping on tradition Metaxa Brandy.

Jose Andres' Pepe the food truck also made an appearance and served up mouthwatering lamb shoulder sandwiches for guests with a little more appetite. 

Zaytinia is located at 701 9th St NW and serves up modern interpretations of traditional Greek and Mediterranean small plates everyday from 11:30am-10pm and midnight on the weekends.

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