Olive Oil Mythologies Dinner Experience



Friday May 20th & Saturday May 21st 2022

Dinner Experience with Nafsika Papacharalampous

Olive oil is a staple and a sacred food for Greeks. It travels from rural to urban Greece and can be found in every Greek household, from small kitchens to luxury upscale restaurants. Olive oil creates the feasting in the fasting, turning a few simple ingredients in memorable dishes. Would you like to experience the mythology, history and culture of the Greek olive oil?

Oliveology and Nafsika Papacharalampous are inviting you to a very unique evening. Inspired by Nafsika’s fieldwork in the delis and restaurant kitchens of Athens, this dinner will play around the myth and journeys of the Greek olive oil. It brings together stories about the Greek olive oil and traditional dishes cooked only with extra virgin olive oil. Over several courses, you will get to savour the simplicity of flavours and the sophistication of rural and urban Greek cuisine and enjoy olive oil in various ways. Oh and did we say there will be moussakas? Yes, there will be!

What to expect:

You will be welcomed with a special welcome cocktail and a tasting of different olives. Nafsika will then give a short talk on the history & culture of the Greek olive oil, guiding you through the various courses that she has cooked for you. You will enjoy an olive oil tasting and a 5-course dinner, prepared with family recipes and recipes collected from rural and urban Greece. Nafsika will join you again over dessert and you will get a chance to talk more about Greek food.

Suggested Menu:

Welcome Cocktail by Metaxa & Olives

First Courses

Olive Oil Tasting with Sourdough Bread
Pea Stew with Lemon & Dill (Arakas Lemonatos)


Yellow Split Peas Dips with Olive Oil (Fava)
-with sourdough bread

Main Course


Oven-baked Aubergines & Courgettes (briam) with Barrel-aged Feta Cheese

Golden Semolina Pudding with Olive Oil (Halvas); Metaxa Cocktail


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Product Description

Oliveology is hosting Nafsika Papacharalampous in Olive Oil Mythologies – Cocktails by Harry Gerakis & Metaxa!

Nafsika is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the SOAS Food Studies Centre. She has a PhD in Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. She researches Greek cuisine, traditional foods and foodways. Nafsika is also a chef and consultant for artisan food companies and restaurants, and the curator of culinary experiences around Greek food. She will create our 5-course dinner and talk about all-things Greek food.

About Metaxa & Harry

Since 1888, Metaxa has been on a journey to offer a one-of-a-kind amber spirit. Harry Gerakis has been behind several of the best bars in London sharpening his mixology skills. He is now the UK’s Brand Ambassador for Metaxa and has been travelling the country spreading the word for the best part of the last 3 years. He will be our guide in the exportation of this distinctly Greek amber spirit, showcasing some easy to make libations to spice up those special occasions!

Menu: Seasonal, Vegetarian options, using Oliveology products and mostly organic produce.

Price: £55 per person (includes welcome cocktail, tasting of olive oil and olives, talk, 5-course dinner. Does not include drinks, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be offered to buy at special prices)

Location: In our Railway Arch at Spa Terminus
Date:  Friday 20th May & Saturday 21st May 2022
Time: 7.30pm

For more information on dates & bookings email us at: workshops@oliveology.co.uk

Dietary requirements:

All menus are finalised two weeks before the date of the dinner. Please contact us directly with any dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.
As our dinners are hosted at a shared kitchen space, we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment.

Cancellation policy:

A minimum of 4 weeks notice is required for cancellation so we can fill your space. You will be given a full refund or we can transfer you to another date. However, no refunds or changes can be made if cancellations are changed in less than four weeks. However, you have the option to give your ticket to a friend or family member.

Covid-19 Health & Safety:

For all of our events we will ensure that all health and safety regulations are upheld and keep guest numbers to a minimum so that you can enjoy the workshops while feeling relaxed and safe.