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Learn to Cook in a Local Home: A Taste of the Greek Islands in Athens provided by Traveling Spoon

Learn to Cook in a Local Home: A Taste of the Greek Islands in Athens

Learn to Cook in a Local Home: A Taste of the Greek Islands in Athens
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from R 1 237,05 per adult (price varies by group size)
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
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  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
What to expect
Fotini lives with her husband and their beloved dog in an antique and plant-filled apartment in southern Athens. Fotini's husband, originally from the beautiful island of Corfu, is also a skilled cook and together they will welcome you into their home. While you sip a welcome drink, Fotini will tell you about Greek cuisine, considered one of the healthiest diets in the world owing to heavy use of fresh vegetables, Greek olive oil and cheeses, as well as the regional differences that flavor each island's culinary character. Next you'll head to the kitchen to start cooking. Fotini will teach you to prepare authentic home-style dishes that are typical of the islands. You can expect your hands-on cooking lesson to last one to two hours. You will learn a variety of dishes, such as tomato keftedes (tomato balls, a traditional recipe from Santorini), fava (unlike Western "fava beans", "fava" in Greece refers to a delicious yellow split pea puree, a traditional dish from Santorini), froutalia (a traditional omelette from Tinos island), ladenia (Greek pizza, a traditional dish from Kimolos island), revithada (chickpeas cooked in the oven, a traditional dish from Sifnos island) or sofrito (veal casserole with spices, a traditional dish from Corfu island). Once your cooking is complete you will gather at the dining table to taste the fruits of your labor and enjoy a shared meal with your hosts. Please note, this experience is not a professional cooking class, rather it is meant to be a visit into an authentic, local home to meet a local family and share the culture and cuisine together.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7626P72
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Private Greek cooking class with your host Fotini • Beverages • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Gratuities • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
Athens, Athens, Attica Please meet at Fotini's apartment in the suburb Nea Smyrni, Athens, which is very close to the Aghia Paraskevi tram station. Exact address and contact information can be found in your ticket upon confirmation.
Inclusions
Private Greek cooking class with your host Fotini • Beverages • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Gratuities • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Athens, Athens, Attica Please meet at Fotini's apartment in the suburb Nea Smyrni, Athens, which is very close to the Aghia Paraskevi tram station. Exact address and contact information can be found in your ticket upon confirmation.
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Brent W
6 contributions
A Wonderful Cooking Lesson in a Home Setting
Oct 2019
Fotini was such a joy to spend the evening with. The recipes were simple and delicious. I enjoyed the hands on experience in learning a few Greek recipes. I highly recommend this to anyone in Athens who's looking for a more personal one on one hands on cooking experience. By the end of the evening my husband and I had her convinced she needs to come to the States to visit us and pretend to our family and friends that she's our own personal Greek cook lol.
Written 23 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alex
2 contributions
Amazing experience!
Oct 2019 • Friends
This was one of our favorite activities of our whole trip to Greece! My mom is of Greek heritage and cooks lots of Greek food at home, but Fontini took time ahead of our visit to put lots of thought into creating a very unique menu that would show us more rare types of Greek recipes from the islands, as well as educate us about the history of Greek cuisine. She and her partner were so welcoming! They were wonderful hosts in their beautiful apartment, made us completely comfortable, the food was delicious, and they were great teachers. Plus she is such an interesting person, we had wonderful conversation over dinner! Overall it was an experience that will last a lifetime and we would love to return the favor if Fontini ever visits Chicago!
Written 19 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

HAJL
Y Felinheli, UK24 contributions
Friendly and welcoming.
Oct 2019
Fotini is an excellent hostess and we were made to feel very welcome in her home. The apartment itself is a little way out of the centre of Athens but is easily reached by public transport.
Fotini and her partner encourage you to get involved in the preparation of a number of regional dishes of Greece and the islands. Nothing too complicated, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. (She will e-mail you details of the recipes you prepared and many others after the event.) She explains the origins of the dishes and where she collected them from.
For me, the highlight was the dinner itself and the conversation around the table. While the main dishes cook you gather around the dinner table for appetisers and the conversation flows freely and easily. Wine and other drinks are served throughout.
I thought this was a great way to spend an evening with fantastic hosts, and it is great value for money - thoroughly recommended.
Written 14 October 2019
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Roger J
1 contribution
Very pleasant evening
Oct 2019
Fotini provided a great evening of good Greek food, plenty of wine and lively discussion. The cooking tuition was basic, but the excellent company and her information about the origins and history of the dishes compensated for it. The evening turned into a fine dinner party. We went away happy.
Written 13 October 2019
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Kathy B
1 contribution
Amazing experience
Aug 2019
Spent almost 5 hours with Fotini cooking 5 fabulous foods and talking about everything under the sun. Both my husband and I agreed this was the best experience and I would highly recommend to anyone spending time in Athens
Written 5 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JakBlak
USA8 contributions
Fotini - Good food, great time
Jun 2019 • Solo
On arriving, Fotini served a bit of uozzo and we got to know each other a bit. She described the dishes we would prepare and the origins of each. In all, we prepared five items. Dinner was very good, and once the coffee and dessert came out, the conversation really took off. Fotini is a pleasure to talk to, and I learned a lot about Greece from talking with her. After this lesson, I could certainly prepare all of the plates she introduced me too, and Fotini also sends you an extensive recipe book in PDF that goes well beyond what you cook with her. I am looking forward to trying many of the recipes, and I would say this was one of my favorite things I did in Athens.
Written 4 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Marlies Swaenepoel
1 contribution
Warm welcome but expensive experience
Jun 2019 • Couples
Cooking experience was rather basic. We would have more fun with a good Greek cooking book. As it was expensive -certainly for 4 persons- our expectations were higher.
Written 31 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your review. We are so sorry that you found this experience expensive and not to your expectations. We are glad that you experienced Fotini's hospitality but it sounds like you did not get the cooking experience you were looking for. Our goal as a company is to provide our travelers with authentic experiences, outstanding cuisine and most importantly a meaningful, cultural and culinary experience. We fell short and take responsibility for you not receiving the experience you expected. Please accept my sincere apologies. We were surprised to read your review as Fotini typically receives wonderful reviews and are in contact with our host to understand what might have happened. We wanted to mention that most of our cooks are home cooks without professional training, and the value of the experience is really about the cultural exchange that comes from meeting a local family, and we hope enjoying delicious food and family recipes. That being said, we are working with our host to improve the experience for future travelers. Thank you again for providing your valuable feedback, we truly appreciate the time you took to give us your thoughts so that we might improve. We hope we might have the chance to make up for it and serve you in the future. Warm regards, Aashi
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bess G
New York City, NY13 contributions
Amazing experience with Fontini - highlight of Athens visit!!!!!
Oct 2018 • Friends
My afternoon and lunch with Fontini was a true highlight of my time in Athens. From the moment I walked into her apartment, I felt right at home. Actually reminded me of my favorite aunt who lives in Florence and is one of the best cooks I know. Fontini is gracious and her smile and personality are captivating. We started with a sip of Ouzo to begin the day:) and from there I learned how to make about amazing traditional Greek dishes from the islands. I won't try to spell the names in Greek, but Fontini followed up the next day with a lovely note and a recipe booklet of all the great things we made. We started with a wonderful parsley/garlic dip like pesto, prepared a delicious tomato based soup with a small wheat pastina and a kick of spice, a delicious beet salad, a potato casserole with mint, garlic, etc and the most delicious yogourt dessert with rose petal honey! I'm not a meat eater so she tailored the dishes to my palate and it was one of the best Greek meals I've ever had. I highly recommend this if you want to learn how to cook in the comfort and warmth of someone's home. I did a lot of the prep work as we went along too! Thank you Fontini for helping me make wonderful memories of my time in Athens!!
Written 23 October 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GreekTraveler62018
Athens, Greece3 contributions
Traveling Spoon experience with Fontini - an absolute must!
Jun 2018 • Solo
I am Greek-American, and last night I enjoyed not only the best meal I've had since I arrived in Greece a month ago, but also I had the pleasure of spending the evening with the warm, welcoming and multi-talented Fontini.

Fontini greeted me with an "ouzaki" and some nibbles of fresh grape tomoatoes and stuffed olives. From there, we began a non-stop conversation, encompassing everything from the provenance of the traditional recipes we were making to the current state of the euro.

While I'm not much of a cook, Fontini gave me just enough to do--chopping vegetables and keeping an eye out on the frying eggplants--that I felt totally comfortable and that I had contributed to our meal. We ate at her elegantly set dining room table and topped off the meal with the most refreshing dessert, strained yoghurt mixed with rose spoon sweet. We lingered over coffee, never finding ourselves at a loss of subjects to converse about.

I was treated to my Traveling Spoon experience by my colleagues on the occasion of my retirement in March. I can honestly say it was one of the most memorable gifts I have ever received in my life.
Written 2 June 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

直子 柏
27 contributions
Wonderful and heart-warming experience
Mar 2018 • Solo
I arrived Fotini's house earlier but Fotini warmly welcomed me who was an only attendee on the evening with home-made organic wine and handmade menu card.
She was wonderful host and shared 5 authentic Greek dishes which were all delicious and home-style cooking!
After we cooked dishes, we had tasting time together at her lovely dinning table and shared lots of stories about our different cultures.
When we all finished, I felt as like we have met before for many years!

Also she sent the recipes by email on the following day attaching other famous Greek dishes' recipe as well.

That was absolutely memorable experience and I'll come back to her again if I visit Athen in the future.
Written 7 April 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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