Go Greek: Greece the focus of new Tarpons Springs cooking classes

Tarpon Springs' Gulf Coast Folklife Center is set to host two upcoming Saturday cooking classes.

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Two upcoming Saturday cooking classes, hosted at Tarpon Springs' historic Safford House, plan to dish out a combination of food, culture and fun. Locals will make homestyle dishes from the Balkan land of Macedonia and other regions of Greece.

From noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 21, Terry Bles will take students’ taste buds on a three-course excursion through Macedonia. They'll learn how to prepare roasted eggplant and red pepper salad, a fish and potatoes lemonata, and bougatsa, a custard-filled phyllo dough dessert.

The class returns to the kitchen after Thanksgiving for a New Year's Day meal noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Roast pork and winter cabbage salad — plus vasilopita, or St. Basil's cake — will be on the menu. Traditionally, the cake has a coin or small trinket baked inside, and whoever finds the hidden item is believed to have good luck the rest of the year.

Once all the food makes it to the plate, students gets to enjoy their hard work. Each $20 class is limited to 12 seats, and those who are interested should call 727-942-5605 to reserve their spot.

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