Hot From The Kettle ™: Get Your Greek On

Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 24th) Greek Taverna, located at 292 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, is hosting it's Second Annual Open House Anniversary Party. Owners, Peter Hajiyerou and Wei Chen, will be serving up a free buffet, from 6-9 pm featuring skordalia, tangy Greek salad, spanakopita, lamb stew with orzo, pastitisio, and moussaka.

The preparation that goes into this party is serious business - the feast costs over an estimated $18,000.00. The chefs will be preparing 1800 meatballs, 15 trays of moussaka, 15 trays of pastitisio,15 trays of lamb giuvetsi, 15 trays of salad, 1800 pieces of spinach pie,and 10 trays of dips. Of course, if the hungry masses finish all the food before 9 p.m. the very generous Greek Taverna owners will provide more.

You must go to the Greek Taverna website to print an admission ticket. Without this ticket, you will not be admitted. There will also be live Greek Music from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Remember, Greek Taverna, Montclair, does not have a liquor license, so BYOB.

I visited Greek Taverna yesterday afternoon, when preparations for the big feast had already begun. Chefs, Harry and Emilio, let me in on the secret to their enormously flavorful Greek Meatballs. Want to know what it is?

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