Vefa, the ‘First Lady of Greek Cuisine’ Charmed a Sold-Out Audience at the Metropolis of Detroit Philoptochos Fundraiser Benefiting the Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society’s Project to Establish a National Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy
TROY, Mich., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — In an exclusive personal appearance, internationally renowned authors Vefa Alexiadou, the “Grande Dame” of Greek Cuisine, and her daughter, Alexia Alexiadou, traveled from Greece to present their Greek Cuisine Traditions at a major benefit appearance for the National Philoptochos with all proceeds earmarked for the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy.
Vefa and daughter delighted the audience with their colorful, imaginative and informative culinary commentary and personal book signing. Included in the festivities were two days of delightful “behind the scenes” cooking/baking sessions with the authors that welcomed participation by local and national Board Philoptochos members. All items (breads, Easter eggs, koulourakia, racks of lamb and more) prepared by “Vefa’s kitchen team” were donated to a local women’s shelter after the event.
An important component of the week long activities was the Spring National Philoptochos Board Meeting held prior to the benefit luncheon. Other activities included a visit to the women’s shelter, a cooking demonstration press conference and participation at Services at St. John’s Church in Sterling Heights, MI followed by a Lenten Supper offered by the Philoptochos of the parish.
The Benefit Luncheon was sponsored by the Metropolis of Detroit Philoptochos, part of the 485 women’s Philoptochos Chapters nationwide, totaling 27,500 members. The Metropolis of Detroit encompasses parishes in seven states including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.
“It was an amazing afternoon. We had attendance drawing over 400 people and sold out of all of Vefa’s cookbooks. Vefa took the time to speak with our attendees when she personally signed her books that afternoon. We were so appreciative of her visit and the outstanding support and tremendous hospitality of the women of the communities the Detroit Metropolis serves,” noted Luncheon Chairman, Maria Stavropoulos.
National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas thanked His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas who welcomed the National Philoptochos and all the attendees with open arms and heartfelt messages about Philoptochos membership and its mission to help those in need.
President Skeadas continued, “To realize our mission to establish our Center of Philanthropy, we are reaching out to our Chapters across the country. The Center will be more than a home but a Center of our social welfare outreach, the Center for resources to assist our membership and our Chapters nationwide, the Center for young and old to gather to continue the tradition of providing care, support and aid throughout the nation and the world.”
Founded in 1931, the Ladies Society seeks to enhance and expand its role of assisting those in need through its ministries and programs. With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the Philoptochos Society has now begun its campaign to establish a permanent home in New York where the organization is incorporated. Its mission is to aid the poor, to provide high quality assistance through social services and to expand educational resources and leadership programs to Philoptochos Chapters, members and parishes nationwide and throughout the world wherever there is need.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society’s special project, The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy, will serve as the National Philoptochos Headquarters and house its administrative operations. It will also serve as an Advocacy Center for children/women/families/seniors, an Archives Library and a Conference Facility Center. The Center will offer Emergency Financial Assistance and provide an Information and Referral Hotline. In addition, the facility will house the Social Services Office. For additional information concerning the Center, please phone Christine Karavites at 508-982-4276; to donate please visit www.Philoptochos.org.
EDITORS’ NOTE: Vefa appears frequently with her daughter, Alexia, who joined her for the benefit. The luncheon, An Afternoon with Vefa Alexiadou, took place at the Somerset Inn; Troy, Michigan, where Executive Chef Mark Kuzma prepared items from Vefa’s cookbooks and made them available on the hotel dining room menu.
Prolific author, scholar as well as charming television personality, Vefa Alexiadou, received her degree in chemistry from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. She combined her culinary talents with scientific principles to modernize Greek Cooking without sacrificing authentic character and flavor of the traditional cuisine. For the past 30 years, no kitchen in Greece was considered complete without a cookbook by the country’s most loved and respected culinary expert. Her 14 cookbooks have sold more than five million copies in over 35 countries.
Alexia Alexiadou shares the family passion for cooking and is also a prolific author. Her bestseller “Christmas Dreams” has sold 25,000 copies to date. She is a popular contributor to several Greek magazines and her monthly publication Real Food. In March 2011 Vefa and Alexia attended the Gourmand International Cookbook Fair in Paris where they received the “world best cooking series” award for their 24-volume publication, The ALPHA BETA OF COOKING by Alexia and Vefa. Beloved writers and dynamic culinary personalities, mother and daughter focus on the Greek kitchen where recipes are handed down from generation to generation.
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SOURCE National Philoptochos Society