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2012 GRECIAN FESTIVAL A Welcome from Reverend Dean N. Paleologos Every two years, for the last 36 years, the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Community opens its doors and welcomes everyone to our grounds, to enjoy a bit of Hellenism with our family as we celebrate the Grecian Festival. We call this “philoxenia,” which literally means ‘friendship to all people’. For three days we open our hearts and welcome you to be part of our Greek experience. The Grecian Festival has been a highlight of Worcester and Central Massachusetts since 1976. It has grown to become the finest and the largest festival of New England, with attendance exceeding 20,000 people. We recognize and commemorate our forefathers, those Greek immigrants who came to the United States and Worcester to create a new life, and in doing so, made lasting contributions to the religious, economic, cultural and political development of Worcester. It’s also a time to join in the festivities of our Hellenic Heritage. I would especially like to express my prayers for the health and preservation of two faithful stewards of our past festivals, Chris Fourkas and Michael Dionis. We ask God Almighty to restore in them sound health. Also for our tireless servants in Christ, Aris Felis and Presvytera Loukia Bitzas, who fell asleep in the Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom this past year. In closing, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all those who have helped make the 2012 Grecian Festival possible. This includes our city and state officials, our neighbors, our wonderful sponsors, the media, and those who have offered “in kind” donations. These supportive commitments reflect a partnership with the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Community as generous stewards of the Grecian Festival. Profound gratitude is in order to the chairman Konstantinos “Gus” Giannakis, all the committee chairpeople, our numerous volunteers, our vendors, our participants, amongst others. A great welcome to all our guests who provide energy and enthusiasm that will make this festival truly special. I invite you all to experience our Hellenic Culture, Heritage and Faith. Most importantly to be embraced by God’s Love “Agape” and our love to all people - “philoxenia”. Very Truly Yours in Christ,

Rev. Dean N. Paleologos 3

It is with sincere love and appreciation that we congratulate

Reverend Dean and P r e s v y t e r a C y n t h ia Paleologos on

30 years Dedicated Service to our Cathedral and the Worcester Community May the Lord continue to bless and guide them in the future


Dedication Sadly in the last year we lost two pillars of our community who had been involved with the Festival every year since its inception in 1976, Aris Felis and Presvytera Loukia Bitzas. Aris and Loukia loved their church, family, friends and took an immense pride in representing the Greek Orthodox community to Worcester and Central Massachusetts. We join their families in their sadness for the loss of these individuals but we take solace in the knowledge that their legacy and memories will be eternal.


FEL I S was an extremely active member of the Cathedral, serving as Parish Council President, long time Parish Council member, member and past president of its Seniors Group, an active member of AHEPA serving as its President and District Governor, member and past President of the Pan-Epirotic Society, Special Events Chairman, Golf Tournament Committee and many more. To many in the Parish what Aris will be remembered for most were his countless fundraising efforts in support of the Cathedral. Aris was the longtime Chair of the Festival Raffle Committee and became synonymous as the Festival’s “Ambassador” to the Parish and the Community. When you entered the Festival grounds you were probably greeted by Aris’ smiling face, a heartfelt hello, and a request to buy a raffle ticket. He had the type of personality that both Parishioners and non Parishioners couldn’t say no to. When asked why he did so much for the Cathedral Aris said “I Volunteer for the Church from my heart, not for thank yous or accolades, only for the Church.” P r e s v y t e r a L o u k ia B i t z a s was a constant presence in the Parish bringing her vast musical talents serving as Choir Director and lifelong Choir member. She was a member and officer of many organizations within the Worcester community including the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Music Worcester, Young Artists Competition, Hellenic Arts Society (founding member), Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Historical Museum, Opera Worcester, Worcester Preservation Society and Mechanics Hall. In 2003 she received the Boston Metropolis Ministry Award and in 2010 she was honored with the Administration in Music Education Visionary Award. Loukia was the longtime Chair of the Festival’s Religious booth in the Agora. Her passion and knowledge of the Religious books and icons was unrivaled, but what we in the Parish miss the most about Loukia was her smile, calming personality, and profound Faith. 5

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This year we have the great fortune to have some of our Greek Celebrity Chef’s of Worcester County collaborate on the food and the menu. You will taste the unique touches offered by the distinctive culinary experts working together to enhance the food we serve. A new feature this festival is the daily special menu item that is showcased each day. This includes: Friday, June 1 - Mediterranean Seafood Stew - a combination of succulent seafood in a broth touched by tomatoes...and created with love by Aliki and Ernie Binici Chef/Owners of Ciao Bella Restaurant, Worcester, MA Saturday, June 2 - Lamb Shank slowly cooked in wine induced beef broth, guaranteed to fall off the bone, created by Paul, Melina, and the newest Barber Chef to join the culinary legacy Myles Barber, Chef/Owners Flying Rhino Cafe, Worcester, MA Sunday, June 3 - Traditional Greek Whole Lamb roasted on a spit with special marinade by Savvas Fotiadis, Chef/Owner The Manor Restaurant, West Boylston, MA. …Our Main Food Line choose from 15 homemade Greek specialty foods and pastries including Lamb Shish-Kebab, Roast Half Chicken, Moussaka, Pastichio, Spinach or Cheese Pita, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Baklava, and many more. …For a quick sandwich try the Fast Food Line and order a Gyro, Loukaniko (Greek Sausage), or Pork Souvlaki Wrap. and don’t forget the Loukoumades, delicious puffed fried dough balls drenched in traditional honey or in the Kafenio you can have them drizzled with chocolate nutela..yumm. …Relax in the outdoor Kafenio and enjoy a Greek Coffee, Iced Frappe, glass of Wine, Beer, or sip on an Ouzo. Sample one of the Meze, (Greek appetizers) or better yet order the Pikilia Assortment Plate. …The Agora-in our newly renovated Cotsidas Cultural Center. The marketplace consists of many vendors displaying their if you are in an open marketplace in Greece. You will be able to purchase Traditional Greek Sweets to eat here or to take home with you from our Bakery Shop. Touch the Treasured Handmade Linens from years ago made with love, which can be found in the Linen Shop. Authentic Handmade Greek Jewelry for children and adults can be found at the different jewelry shops throughout the Agora. View Hellenic books with many titles from which to choose as well as traditional Greek children’s books in our two Book Shops. Traditional Greek statues, plaques, wall art and souvenirs can be found at Makis Place, a festival favorite. Byzantine icons and many other religious items are displayed in our Religious Shop. Contemporary and eclectic clothing can be found at the boutique shops located throughout the Agora. Do not forget to purchase an authentic Choco Freta Chocolate bar and Amita Juice from our very own Periptero, a Kiosk filled with candies, chips and other treats. Also visit our sponsors’ booths as well as the info booths that have valuable information and specials or discount coupons from our community youth organizations. Premiering this festival in the center of our Agora is our Farmer’s Market provided by Laurelwood Farms of Paxton, MA selling fresh local vegetables and fruits. Purchase a raffle ticket and take a chance to win a variety of great items at the Agora raffle. …Take a chance on the Raffle and win $10,000 cash! …Join your children for games and treats at the Kids’ Fest. …Learn a few steps from our Dance Troops...don’t be shy...grab onto someone’s hand dancing and weave through the crowds to our wonderful music. …And most importantly take a Cathedral Tour. It is an experience for the senses and the soul.




Volunteers Honorary Chairs Rev. Father Dean Paleologos Rev. Father Christopher Moody Festival Chairman Konstantinos “Gus” Giannakis Admissions: Demosthenes Kaloudelis Alcoholic Beverages: Dimitrios Vasiliadis Announcer at Opening Ceremony: Nicholas Bazoukas Agora: Evangelia Velentzas Art Gallery: Antoinette Zographos & The Hellenic Arts Society Bakery Shop: Eleni Giannakis & The Ladies Philoptochos Society Baking & Packing: Philoptochos & Dimitra Kimbouris Book Shop: Dr. Matthew Panagiotu, Margaret Dima & Mary Labovites Church Tours: Michael Constantinou Cultural Room: Katerina Singas D.J.’s: DJ Christos Tsigas, DJ Niko Pritsoulis Entertainment: Steve Karantzoulidis Facilities: George Kasidakos Fast Food: Sideris Angelou Finance & Couriers: George Fotiades Finance Advisor: George Fotiades Graphic Design: Sarah Kyriazis Food: George Panagiotopoulos & Chris Liazos Grilling: Sam & Panagiotis Georgiadis Food Line: George Kalogeropoulos Kafenio: Dawn Georgiadis Fruit Cup: Aristea Notidis & Maria Tranaka Kitchen: Peter Gaba & Chris Lekas Licensing/Permits: Konstantinos “Gus” Giannakis Linen Shop: Penelope Kakouros Loukoumades: Jody Athanasiou & Vicky Helali Program Book, Public Relations, & Publicity: Christina Andrianopoulos, Michael Dionis & Sarah Kyriazis Raffle: Angie Douka Religious Shop: Maria Skritakis Salads: Petros Athanasiou Soda: Dennis Dionis Web Design: Panagiota Gertsios


Festival Menu MAIN FOOD LINE

11.75 Lamb Shish-Kebab with rice & string beans 9.75 Roast Half Chicken with lemon roasted potatoes and string beans 5.50 Moussaka: eggplant, ground beef, bechamel 4.50 Pastichio: baked macaroni, cheese, meatless 3.50 Spanakopita: homemade square of layered phyllo with spinach & feta cheese filling 3.00 Tiropita: homemade square of layered phyllo with feta cheese filling 1.75 Potatoes 1.75 String Beans 2.75 Greek Salad 1.75 Rice Pilaf 1.25 Dolmades: stuffed grape leaves, meatless (1/2 dz) 4.00 (dz) 6.00 2.00 (dz) 6.00 (1/2 dz) 6.50 (dz) 9.00 3.00 4.00 4.50 10.00


Loukoumades: honey puffs Baklava: filo pastry with walnuts and honey Koulourakia: braided cookies Melomakarona: honey cookies with nuts Galaktobouriko: custard delight Strawberry Shortcake Fruit Cup Tsoureki: traditional sweet bread

New in 2012


By local Greek Celebrity Chefs from restaurants you love! Friday, June 1 Mediterranean Seafood Stew 6.00 A combination of succulent seafood in a broth touched by tomatoes...and created with love by Aliki and Ernie Binici, Chef/Owners of Ciao Bella Restaurant, Worcester, MA

Saturday, June 2 Lamb Shank 11.75 Slowly cooked lamb shank in wine induced beef broth, guaranteed to fall off the bone, created by Paul, Melina, and the newest Barber Chef to join the culinary legacy, Myles Barber, Chef/ Owners Flying Rhino Cafe, Worcester, MA Sunday, June 3 Traditional Greek whole lamb 11.75 Roasted on a spit with special marinade by Savvas Fotiadis, Chef/ Owner The Manor Restaurant, West Boylston, MA Lamb Shank


6.00 Gyro 6.00 Pork Souvlaki 6.00 Loukaniko: Greek Sausage

If you love our Daily Specials, check out the recipes and Chef Profiles on pages 38-41. Mediterranean Seafood Stew


OPA-Licious kafenio MEZZE (APPETIZERS)

Dolmades: 3 homemade rice filled grapeleaves Tiropita: homemade square of layered phyllo with feta cheese filling Spanakopita: homemade square of layered phyllo with spinach & feta cheese filling Saganaki: Fresh fried Kefalotiri (cheese) Elies: assortment of Greek olives marinated in EVOO, vinegar and spices Cold Pikilia: assorted homemade dips served with pita bread Sofia’s Greek Pantry Fresh Tzatziki, Sofia’s Fresh Xtipiti and Homemade Melitzanosalata 15.00 OPA-Licious Mezze Platter: Homemade Loukaniko, Tzatziki, Homemade Pitas, Elies Domades and a Tomatoe Wedge 4.00 3.50 4.00 6.00 3.00 9.00


5.00 OPA-Licious Loukoumades: homemade puffs with Nutella Drizzle OPA-Licious Custom Cupcakes 3.00 Baklava Cupcake: Karidopita (walnuts) Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and Honey Drizzle 3.00 Ouzo Sokolata Cupcake: Ouzo Flavored Ion Sokolata (Chocolate) Cake with Galaktos Ganache 3.00 Mr. Portokalos Cupcake: Krinos Vanilla Cake with Orange Buttercream and Candied Orange 3.00 Nescafe Cupcake: Nescafe Cake with Italian Creme Frosting & Chocolate Sprinkles 3.00 Baklava: homemade with walnuts and layered phyllo served dusted with cinnamon & sugar 3.50 Galaktobouriko: homemade with egg custard and layered phyllo served dusted with cinnamon & sugar

2.50 3.50 2.00 2.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 (glass) 5.00 (bottle) 20.00 (glass) 5.00 (500 ml.bottle) 10.00

KAFES, KRASIA, K. POTA (COFFEE, WINE AND DRINKS) Elliniko Kafe: Greek Traditional Coffee Frappe: Greek Foamed Iced Coffee American Coffee Assorted Soft Drinks Mythos Greek Beer Ouzo Metaxa Krasia: Anastasi Agiorgifiko (Red) or Moshofilero (White) Wine Malamatina Retsina: Greek Resin Wine



The Orthodox Christian Faith Orthodox Christians hold true to a tradition which has been handed down unchanged from the time of the Apostles. For over one thousand years from the Day of Pentecost, Orthodoxy was the only Christian tradition. Orthodoxy is practiced the same way today as it was in the Church of the catacombs, the Church of the Apostles, the Fathers, and martyrs. While some may find the services, traditions, or practices of Orthodoxy to be “old fashioned”, or “not in keeping with today’s society in America”, it is this very factor that gives Orthodoxy its inherent strength. Orthodoxy has always held true to those values and principles given to mankind by God, and through his Son our savior JESUS CHRIST, rather than mold and change its beliefs and principles to accommodate an ever changing society. While Photo:Christos Souflas it may be practiced in many languages throughout the world, the principles, traditions, and liturgies are the same. In closely watching the Divine Liturgy, visitors can readily see the origins and elements of our worship service, such as the Nicene Creed, the Epistle, Gospel readings and the Lord’s Prayer. Orthodoxy is an inheritance: the Bible, the Creed, the decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, the service books, the worship, and the art have formed the “Tradition” of the Church. History of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral In 1924 construction began on Orange Street in Worcester for the first Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church. On May 3, 1925 the new church was consecrated. As the community grew, the need for a new church was realized. In November 1950, construction began on a new church, on our present site at the corner of Elm and Russell St. On Palm Sunday, April 13, 1952, the doors of the new St. Spyridon Church were officially opened. In 1985, Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church was elevated to a Cathedral. Today our Cathedral has approximately 1,500 families whose Stewardship supports such ministries as The Orthodox Food Pantry, Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Greek Language Program,Youth Activites, among others. In architecture, Saint Spyridon Cathedral is in the Byzantine style, with one or more domed roofs. The domes and their surmounting crosses remind us that Christ is the head of the Church and are symbolic of heaven above. The Church was designed in the shape of a crucifix, which reminds us that we are saved by the Cross of Christ. Saint Spyridon Our Cathedral is named after Saint Spyridon, who died in the 4th century. He was born in Cyprus and is honored in both the Eastern and Western Churches. He was compassionate and loving; a humble shepherd, Bishop of Trimythus, confessor of the faith during times of persecution, and an outstanding teacher of Orthodoxy at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325. Saint Spyridon is noted for the miracles he performed during his life and is known for his great piety, honesty, and gentleness. When you walk into the Cathedral you will enter the Narthex and see a glass display case with the slippers of Saint Spyridon, given to us by the Bishop of Corfu. The body of Saint Spyridon has remained completely intact. The Holy Relics are found in the church in Kerkyra on the island of Corfu, Greece. Each year, on the day of his commemoration, December 12, the slippers are found completely worn out. The serving priests change the saint’s shoes every year, only to find them worn out again the next year. It is the belief of Orthodox Christians that Saint Spyridon continues walking today performing miracles.


Music & Dance Ancient Greek Music The music of ancient Greece was inseparable from poetry and dancing. It was entirely monodic, there being no harmony as the term is commonly understood. The earliest music is virtually unknown, but in the Homeric era a national musical culture existed that was looked upon by later generations as a “golden age.” The chief instrument was the phorminx, a lyre used to accompany poet-singers who composed melodies from nomoi, short traditional phrases that were repeated.

Live Dance Performances Friday

Asteria - Saint Spyridon 8:30PM


Opa Kids - Saint Spyridon 2:00PM Leventia - Saint Spyridon 5:15PM

Antiquity / Origin of Dance Ancient Greeks believed that dancing was invented by the Gods and therefore they had associated it with their religious and worshipping ceremonies. They believed that the Gods offered this gift to some select mortals only, who in turn taught dancing to their fellow-men. Therefore, a Greek Festival is not complete without Greek Dancing...Enjoy our Greek Dance performances by all dancers as young as 4 years to adults...maybe you’ll learn a few steps.. and DON’T BE SHY..grab someone’s hand in the dance line snaking through the crowds...we’ll make you feel like Zorba the Greek!

Cultural Center Hrisohorafiton Groups 3, 4 & 5 3:00


Cultural Center Hrisohorafiton Groups 1 & 2 6:00

Enosis Band - Live Saturday 7-11:30p Sunday 4-8:30p

Asteria - Saint Spyridon 8:30PM

DJ Christos - DJ Niko Friday 5pm-12am Saturday 12p-7pm Sunday 12p-4pm

Cultural Center Hrisohorafiton Group 1 9:00


Opa Kids - Saint Spyridon 2:00PM Cultural Center Hrisohorafiton Groups 3, 4 & 5 3:30 Leventia - Saint Spyridon 5:15PM Cultural Center Hrisohorafiton Groups 1 & 2 6:30 Anna Briggs Photography



The Grecian Festival celebrates our Greek faith and heritage in so many ways. Greek heritage encompasses many aspects of Hellenism including our art and culture, which many believe is our heart and soul. At this festival we hope we can enhance your festival experience by offering many aspects of art and culture for your enjoyment. We also thank our art and culture sponsors for their show of support in the Grecian Festival. This includes, The Worcester Art Museum, The Museum of Russian Icons, The Hanover Theatre, Mechanics Hall, The Ecotarium, and Worcester Love. Through their generous donations we will be offering exciting items for raffle from each one of these venues at our “Agora” raffle.

Cathedral Tours One of the highlights of our festival is the guided tours of our beautiful Cathedral. This is especially poignant for those who have never been inside our Cathedral...During the tour you will leave the excitement and bustle of the festival behind as you step into the inner spiritual sanctum. Allow the flicker of the candles to ignite your soul as the sparkle of the chandeliers reflect the stained glass, opening you up to a full and mesmerizing experience of faith and spirituality. Light a candle, say a prayer for a love one, or just sit quietly and allow the strains of life to leave your body for just a little while.

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Sunday 12:00 - 8:00 pm The Agora-in our newly renovated Cotsidas Cultural Center. The marketplace consists of many vendors displaying their specialties... as if you are in an open marketplace in Greece. You will be able to purchase Traditional Greek Sweets to eat here or to take home with you from our Bakery Shop. Touch the Treasured Handmade Linens from years ago made with love, which can be found in the Linen Shop. Authentic Handmade Greek Jewelry for children and adults can be found at the different jewelry shops throughout the Agora. View Hellenic books with many titles from which to choose as well as traditional Greek children’s books in our two Book Shops. Traditional Greek statues, plaques, wall art and souvenirs can be found at Makis Place, a festival favorite. Byzantine icons and many other religious items are displayed in our Religious Shop. Contemporary and eclectic clothing can be found at the boutique shops located throughout the Agora. Do not forget to purchase an authentic Choco Freta Chocolate bar and Amita Juice from our very own Periptero, a Kiosk filled with candies, chips and other treats. Also visit our sponsors’ booths as well as the info booths that have valuable information and specials or discount coupons from our community youth organizations. Premiering this festival in the center of our Agora is our Farmer’s Market provided by Laurelwood Farms of Paxton, MA selling fresh local vegetables and fruits. Purchase a raffle ticket and take a chance to win a variety of great items at the Agora raffle.

Kids’ Fest Join Us!

Kids of all ages will enjoy our Kids’ Fest in our newly renovated parking lot! Play games, bounce, enjoy treats and meet local mascot Twister!


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The Grecian Festival Committee would like to acknowledge and thank one of our senior volunteers, Demosthenes Kaloudelis. Demosthenes has tirelessly worked every Festival obtaining advertisements for the program book, assisting the raffle committee, as well as being the Admissions Chairman. Demosthenes is also an active member of the Parish and is the official Captain of the weekly Pangari Teams overseeing the Parish Council members and volunteers each Sunday in the narthex of the Cathedral. Thank You Demosthenes!



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Something new at this year’s festival. The best Greek Celebrity Chefs of Worcester County have joined together with their unique culinary expertise and collaborated on the menu and food, giving all the food served and the food line a different more ....gourmet feeling....OPAlicioius! Each day of the festival features a “Chef’s Special” Friday June 1 - Mediterranean Seafood Stew by Aliki and Ernie Binici, Ciao Bella Saturday, June 2 - Lamb Shank by Paul, Melina & Myles Barber, Flying Rhino Cafe Sunday, June 3 - Whole Lamb Roasted on the Spit by Savvas Fotiadis, The Manor Restaurant These featured specials are additions to the wonderful food that is offered in the food line, fast food, and Kafenio!

CHR I S L I A ZOS F o o d / M e n u C h a i r Chris has over 40 years of experience being a chef and operating restaurants, most recently The Webster House with his wife Helene since 1968. Chris loves food and therefore is honored to chair the food and menu with George Panagiotopoulos and to collaborate with the best Greek Chefs of Worcester County, which he guarantees will be the best food ever tasted in the 36 years of the festival.


Lamb Shank 6 Lamb Shank 1 Large Onion .5 Stalk of Celery 3 Large Carrot 1 Bulb Fennel 8 Garlic Cloves

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1 Bottle Red Wine 12oz can Whole Peeled Tomato 1 Bunch Fresh Oregano 1 Bunch Thyme 6 Bay Leaves 1 Gal Veal Stock (Beef Stock)

Dust lamb shanks in seasoned flour and sear on all sides until golden brown. Take out of pan and add next 5 ingredients and lightly saute. Once vegetables are soft add red wine and reduce by half. Next add all other ingredients and loosely cover pan then throw in a 325 degree oven for about 2 1/2 hrs or until fall of bone tender. Once cooked remove shanks from pan and keep warm. Place pan on stove top and reduce sauce for a thicker consistency then add over shank and enjoy.

P A UL , MEL I N A & MYLES B A R B ER Flying Rhino Combining their culinary expertise and love of Greek food, Paul and Melina gladly accepted the offer to collaborate on this year’s food and menu. Having operated the Flying Rhino Café for 12 years, Paul and Melina are thrilled to have their son Myles take an interest in cuisine. After graduating from Boston University, Paul and Melina were married at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral and made Worcester home. Myles is entering the International Culinary Institute in Manhattan studying both French classical and Italian techniques. In addition to Myles, they also are blessed with two daughters Victoria and Madeline. Pappou and Yiayia Capsalis are very proud of their grandchildren.


D I MO P OULOS F A M I LY Zorba’s Taverna The Dimopoulos’ and Zorba’s Executive Chef Ethan Kramer are thrilled to have collaborated with the best Greek Chefs of Worcester County on the Grecian Festival food and menu. Ethan began his culinary journey by attending Southern New Hampshire University, he continued to gather experience by working in some of the finest kitchens on the east coast. Ethan is thrilled to now be delighting the palettes of Worcester’s discerning diners, especially at 2012 Grecian Festival.

Mediterranean Seafood Stew 12-14 8 oz cups

Ciao Bella

20 oz Seafood stock or Clam juice (see below) 10 oz of tomato sauce prepared ahead of time 2lb of red bliss potatoes diced 2 stocks of fresh leeks (cut ends off, quartered the long way & sliced half inch thick ) 1 oz chopped fresh garlic 8 oz white wine ¼ tsp thyme 1 teaspoon celery salt 2 bay leaves 1 tsp fennel seed chopped 1 tsp of basil dry 1 Pinch of saffron 8 oz baby shrimp 90+ count /lb or 1Lb shrimp pealed 16-20 count/lb 16 oz count necks or steamers, or 8 oz Fresh Chopped clams. 16 oz fresh mussels 8 oz dice firm fish (swordfish, salmon, tuna) (optional) 1 whole lobster, claws pulled & cut in quarters (optional) 16 oz scallops SEAFOOD STOCK Pick up FRESH fish bones, skin, heads, tails, shrimp shells. 2lb total. Rinse well in cold water, add about one quart of water per pound of bones, add a couple of carrot, one stock of celery without leaves, one medium onion. Salt & pepper lightly. Bring to a boil & simmer without cover until reduced by half. RECIPE In a saucepan, heat dash of extra virgin olive oil & add, leeks, garlic Sauté until leeks wilted Add 8 oz white wine Simmer with wine for five minutes until the alcohol evaporates. Add: Seafood broth or Clam juice, thyme, celery salt, fennel seed, basil, bay leaves, Tomato Sauce, Salt & pepper to taste Slowly bring to a boil & simmer until diced potatoes are almost soft to the bite. Add Seafood Simmer for 15 more minutes or until the diced potatoes, lobster meat is done & the mussels are open. Taste & season with salt & pepper before serving.


ERNEST & A L I K I BINICI Ciao Bella Combining ours and our staff’s 100+ years of food experience, we are honored to participate with the Best Greek Chefs of Worcester County on the 2012 Grecian Festival food and menu. We are proud to serve our family’s long time recipe of Mediterranean Seafood Stew as the featured daily special for Friday.



Joseph Cancelmo has been cooking for 38 years starting in a delicatessen in the south of France at 12 and progressing since using his French Italian and Greek heritage as the basis of his cooking - he’s guest Cheffed with Todd English and has catered many private parties in Florida and around the world.

S A VV A S FOT I A D I S The Manor As General Manager of The Manor, Savvas leads the management and culinary team with his lovely wife Janet, his sister Katerina and his brothers. He is living his Mama’s and Baba’s life long love of food through the restaurant and by continuing their legacy in the many Greek specialties on The Manor’s menu.


We are honored to participate with the Best Greek Chef’s of Worcester County on this festival’s food and menu

“It’s an honor to collaborate with all the Greek Chefs” Executive Chef/Owner “Joey Dimitriou Cancelmo”

Kali Diaskedasi 402 Grove Street Worcester, MA 01605

We are honored to participate with the Best Greek Chef ’s of Worcester County on this festival’s food and menu!

With Best Wishes!

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Our newly located Worcester office has convenient onsite parking. Both locations now offering iTero® optical impression scanners; no impressions for records or invisalign®.

Proudly serving the Greek Community for 60 years

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Fisher Contracting Corporation has historically provided demolition, dismantling, interior renovation, abatement, site remediation and asset recovery services to owners, developers, municipalities and state and federal agencies both as a prime and a subcontractor. Fisher Contracting Corporation is currently SOMWBA certified as an M/WBE and DBE in the categories of demolition, site work, dumpsters, trucking, masonry, rebar and waterproofing. In addition, we are actively pursuing 8(a) General Construction projects through our SBA certification.

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GREEK CORFU With more rainfall than any other Greek Island Corfu is the greenest and in the eyes of many the most beautiful island in Greece. Corfu’s six-month olive season is the longest of any island in Greece and lush vineyards cover the island. The patron saint of the island is Saint Spyridon whose relics are entombed there.

KEF A LON I A This largest of the Ionian islands was a best kept vacation secret until the filming and release of the movie Captain Corellis Mandolin. The islands inhabitants are mainly fishermen, farmers and an increasing number who are now in the tourism trade. The Island includes the most spectacular caves in Greece.

Z A KYNTHOS Zakynthos boasts the most photographed beach in Greece, Shipwreck Bay. It also has a reputation for the arts, especially literature. Dionysios Solomos wrote the poem that became the national anthem of Greece, Hymn To Liberty here.

CRETE The largest of all Greek Islands Crete was the home of the Minoan culture that historians believe was the first European civilization dating back to 3,000 BC. Cretans are fiercely proud of their island and customs and still use a dialect not found elsewhere in Greece.


ISLANDS S A NTOR I N I Visually the most spectacular Island in Greece and probably the world. Entire towns are built along the walls of the Caldera cliffs left after the ancient volcano eruption. The most spectacular sunsets on the planet .

MYKONOS The “Jet Set�Island; expensive, decadent, with an intense nightlife that never stops and some of the finest restaurants and hotels in Greece. Juxtaposed with sleepy windmills and access to the uninhabited ancient island of Delos with some of the best and extensive ruins in Greece.

RHODES The most popular island in the Dodecanese Islands rivaled only by Santorini and Mykonos in popularity. At the harbors entrance once stood The Collossos of Roads, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.

T I NOS Perhaps the most spiritual island of all, the wonderworking icon in the church of the Panagia Evangalestria (Our Lady of Good Tidings) attracts people from all over Greece. On the 15th of August , the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the island is so crowded with pilgrims from the mainland that people sleep on the streets.


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36 Years of Festivals!

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Best Wishes for a Successful and Enjoyable Grecian Festival SAINT SPYRIDON GREEK AFTERNOON SCHOOL OF WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS Registration will take place in September 2012, on Wednesday, September 12th and Thursday, September 13th from 4:00p.m to 5:00p.m. Classes will begin with Agiasmo on Monday, September 17th at 4:00p.m. The students 6 or 7 years of age who speak little Greek or none at all, Preschool class, will be attending school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To register as Beginners new students must be at least 7 years old. GROUPS: Advanced A & B, Intermediate A, will be attending school Mondays & Wednesdays. GROUPS: Beginners, Beginners B, and Beginners A will be attending school on Tuesdays & Thursdays.



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On Behalf of the Renaissance Family, we wish Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral a very Successful Festival Bill and Sylvia Kiritsy

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Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Family Center Function Hall is now available for All Your Celebration or Business Affairs Our Inaugural Gala launched our spectacular function facility. The beautiful Byzantine-style architecture sets us apart from other local reception halls. When entering, you are greeted by a gorgeous mosaic-designed foyer that has breathtaking cathedral ceilings and a graceful chandelier. The function hall can comfortably hold as few as 25 guests to a grand event of over 300 seated guests. It is perfect for weddings, baptisms, graduations. or celebrating any special occasion. Our facilities can also accomodate your business meeting, conference, fund raising event, wine tasting, mercy meal or performance. The west side of the facility is graced by a beautiful view of the historic Elm Park, an ideal backdrop for your wedding with amazing photo opportunities. With all this to offer, there’s no question that we are one of the best and affordable reception halls in Worcester County. Let us host your function and tailor it for you. Whether you require us to do all the party planning or you have all the details already, we will work within your budget and your special occasion requirements. Please contact our Event Planner James Economou at 508.791.7326 for details on how we can make your event the most memorable you can imagine.

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