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Opa! Healthy Greek Cooking with Chef Christina Xenos

  • Pacific Food and Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States (map)

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary demos, talks, and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in Los Angeles. A wide range of culinary professionals, cookbook authors, PacFAB curators, and others deliver lively lectures and lead tastings and hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

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Greek food, the product of a highly localized yet globally recognized culinary culture, is closely associated with the good life. On Saturday, April 27, at LA's Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, Chef Christina Xenos demonstrates how one might extend that good life by preparing dishes from—and signing copies of—Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook: Modern Mediterranean Recipes for Living the Good Life. After the program, enjoy samples of Chef Christina's work, prepared with fresh fare from Melissa's Produce, and sip a selection of fine Greek wines.




When you don’t have a Mediterranean breeze behind you, finding local ingredients for complex recipes can make it difficult to integrate Greek food into your lifestyle. With Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook, by Greek chefs Theodora Stephan & Christina Xenos, you can spare yourself the odyssey of traveling just to eat fresh and flavorful food. Featuring easy-to-find ingredients for simple recipes, plus a regional overview of Greek food, Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook leads you on a culinary journey towards an appetizing and healthy lifestyle.

Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook contains:
- 90 Recipes for popular Greek dishes made with easy-to-find ingredients
- Greek Kitchen Tips including how to stock your pantry and kitchen with the right ingredients and equipment, plus cooking techniques
- A Regional Overview explaining Greek food from ancient times to modern day

Recipes include: Kalamata Olive Spread, Greek Potato Salad, Spinach Rice, Vegetable Moussaka, Shrimp Santorini, Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Greek Yogurt Brandy Cake, and many more.

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Christina Xenos is a professional chef, cookbook author, and journalist based in Los Angeles, California. Her company, Sweet Greek Personal Chef Services, tantalizes palates throughout the city with full culinary services, cooking classes, and Greek-themed pop-up dining experiences, which have been featured in Food & Wine magazine and other outlets.

Christina recently co-authored Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook: Modern Mediterranean Recipes for Living the Good Life (Rockridge Press, Nov. 2017), a collection of 90 Greek recipes which offer a creative new voice in the canon of Greek cooking. She was also one of five members of the prestigious Les Dames d'Escoffier International to be featured chefs with master chef and “First Lady of Greek Cuisine” Argiro Barbarigou at Aegean Secrets, a dinner honoring the cuisine of the Southern Aegean Islands at the James Beard House in March 2018. She has also been featured as a culinary expert on the Cooking Channel’s television program Food: Fact or Fiction?

Xenos is Greek-American, having family roots on the islands of Crete and Milos. Her culinary career began at an early age, baking Greek delicacies for Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio, for its annual festival. She honed her chef skills in professional cooking and baking at the New School of Cooking in Los Angeles and often returns to Greece—especially her family’s home on the south coast of Crete—to indulge in the local offerings.

As a journalist, Xenos worked as a travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide and as the online editor for in Southern California for over a decade, documenting the thriving restaurant scene in and around Los Angeles. She continues to write for their suite of publications and also pens freelance food and travel pieces for a number of other publications.