One of the season’s most anticipated events is less than 30 days away. The National Hellenic Museum’s 6th annual KOUZINA event just gets bigger and better each year. The event will take place on November 5.
Last year, more than 500 people attended the extravaganza of food and wine. The same level crowd is expected this year. Often, the museum staff is asked if they will move it to a bigger venue, and continue to grow it.
“KOUZINA will always be at the National Hellenic Museum. Not only is it a great way to showcase the museum, but it’s also allows us to put our efforts into making it better each and every year. We want this to be the event everyone wants to attend,” said Klea Miho, NHM’s Rental & Events Manager.
Chicago’s Top Chefs
To date, 13 of Chicago’s top chefs (and counting!) have been confirmed. The chefs love to showcase their work and connect with the community, but it also provides them the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles. Some present their take on a classic Greek dish; while others re-imagine traditional Greek recipes or invent a brand new dish based on typical Greek ingredients. It’s fun for those that attend, as well as the chefs. If you’re a foodie, you will not be disappointed!
The list of chefs is growing. Plan on sampling dishes from these top chefs:
Louie Alexakis of Avli Estiatorio
Jimmy Bannos Sr. of Heaven on Seven
John Boudouvas of Mia Figlia
George Bournas of Psistaria Greek Taverna
Kostas Chaidaropoulos of Stetsons Modern Steak and Sushi
George Engel of City Gate Grille
John Gatsos of Tavern on Rush
Dimitrios Kallianis of Lonely Tree Olive Oil
Tom Mitropolis of (the newly opened!) Plateia Mediterranean Kitchen
Jorgina Pereira of Sinhá
Doug Psaltis of RPM
Devon Quinn of Paramount Events
David Schneider of Taxim
Last year, NHM introduced a Dessert Lounge. There’s a lot of excitement here, and more creators of luscious, sweet treats are signing on. Currently, Athena Manolakos of Pan Hellenic Pastry Shop, Danielle Papakanelou of Le Café and Rich Labriola of Stan’s Donuts have already committed.
“Last year, we kept the main chefs in the Calamos Hall, and set up a Dessert Lounge in the Special Events hall. We brought in lounge seating and creating an intimate setting that fostered conversation and interaction. We’ll do this again,” Klea explained. “We’re excited to see what kind of treats they will create.”
NEW! Premium Wine Tasting
New this year is a premium wine tasting. Several top distributors of Greek wine donated some of their best wines for a special wine tasting, Guests will be able to critique and rate the wines.
“It will be an interactive tasting. People won’t just take a glass of wine. Guests will have a chance to share their thoughts, impressions, and experience,” Klea revealed.
Look for wines from these distributors:
… and more.
NEW! Two Raffles
There will be two different raffles this year, allowing more chances to win great prizes. There will be a fish bowl-style raffle, manned by Kendra Scott jewelry store. This fine retailer is new to Chicago, but operates stores in 30 cities around the country.
“We’re so pleased to partner with Kendra Scott.They’re bringing 50 items, ranging in price from $50-200. Buy a ticket, and place it in the bowl for the item you want to win. This way, you try to win the prize you want,” Klea said. “All proceeds come back to the museum.”
The second raffle is something new. All items will be packaged similarly. Purchase a ticket for $50 and choose a box containing a mystery prize.
Enjoy Exhibits, Check Out the Rooftop View
The entire museum is open to guests, including the exhibits. The rooftop deck will be also be open. If you haven’t been up there, be sure to check out the spectacular view of downtown Chicago. Although the Anthony Quinn exhibit will have closed and been moved out of the Calamos Hall, select pieces will be on display during KOUZINA. And don’t forget to grab something cool from the gift store on your way out. There’s always something new in there.
One of the Best Events of the Year
If you love food and wine, then KOUZINA is the place to be. It’s one of our favorite events of the season, and we look forward to it every year. Chef’s Stations open at 6:30 pm, and the Dessert Lounge and Premium Wine Tasting open at 8:30 pm. WindyCity Greek is a media sponsor for KOUZINA. Join us for a food and wine lover’s delight! See you on November 5!