Head of the Greek Office E.C.A. in San Francisco (Economic and Commercial Affairs) Mr. Marios Belibasakis organized a 3-day event on Greek gastronomy, that gathered thousands of people.
The event was hosted at a West Coast hotel and included among others the presentation of traditional products and wines, lectures on the therapeutic attributes of olive oil and the Chios mastic, a demonstration of cooking Greek recipes by Greek chef Elias Skoulas, who has travelled to the USA especially for the occasion, and a Greek cuisine lunch with gourmet Greek delicacies.
The opening gala was attended by representatives from companies importing food products, distributors and several experts on food issues. During the gala, Greek delicacies and wines were offered, as well as informative material and gifts with sample of traditional Greek products, such as mastic and olive oil.
General Consul of Greece to San Francisco Mr. Ioannis Andreadis delivered a welcoming speech, while composers Minos Matsas and Alex Grapsas performed classic Greek songs on the piano.
Furthermore, Greek researchers from the UC Davis University Mrs. Eleni Melliou and Mr. Prokopis Magiatis presented the findings from recent studies on the important role olive oil and mastic from the island of Chios can play in human health.