Monday, May 28, 2012

Graduation Party Pop - Catering Ideas For Special Events

Graduation time is upon us, whether it is a High School graduation or a college graduation -
and with both come parties and celebrations. While this time is super-exciting for graduating seniors, it can be a stressful, emotional and a sad time for parents. One of those stressful things about a graduating child, is planning their celebration.

Of course, the Greeks celebrated EVERYTHING in a grand way, and certainly, this is a monumental time in your, and your child's life. Celebrate GRANDLY by going Greek for your celebration! You can either throw your party at Ziziki's with our private dining and events rooms, or opt for some Greek deliciousness with our catering.

Make the most out of every memory; celebrate your graduate's accomplishments and
have Ziziki's cater your special occasion. Focus on rounding up family and long-lost
friends and leave the rest to Ziziki’s with our wonderful catering menu. Just choose
some of your favorite dishes from the Ziziki’s like the Greek lasagna – Pastichio or some
wonderfully tasty Greek meatballs – Keftedes. Download our catering menu here.

Ziziki's offers new-age Greek cuisine as well as traditional dishes that will have you and
your entire party saying "Opa!" (oh, and Good Luck Grad!)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fun Greek Games To Play WIth Your Family

We recently had a family visit one of our Greek restaurants for a little Greek Heritage. Turns out this cute little family recently started a fun tradition called ‘Explore the World’ where every month or so they research a new culture. They dive right in with a bit of historical research and then proceed to bring some of their research into their lives. They dress up, they eat common foods and they play games. What a fun, budget friendly, way to bring the big wide world into your home.

In honor of this idea we thought we’d share a few fun Greek games you can share with the kids in your life.

1. Ephedrismos was a popular game whose name is derived from the Greek word for “sit upon.” Two
players place a stone upright on the ground and throw other stones at it from a distance. The player
who fails to knock over the upright stone then carries the other player on his back while the winner’s hands cover his eyes. The pair runs around in this fashion until the losing player touches the stone.

2. Morra is a game still played in some parts of Europe, particularly southern Italy. Two players make a fist behind their backs and at a signal extend their hands, displaying a certain number of fingers. The first player to call out the correct total number of fingers shown wins the game.

3. Greek children also loved to play a game called ostrakinda. The name of the game is derived from
that of the shell that is used during play. Greek children would take a shell and smear one side black.
They referred to this side as “night,” while the blank side was “day.” The children then drew a line,
divided into two teams, and decided which team was night and which day. One player would toss the shell, and the side whose color came up chased the other team. Anyone caught was forced to carry his pursuer on his back. Plato is likely making an analogy based on this popular game when he writes, “So this, it seems, would not be the whirling of a shell in the children’s game, but a conversation and turning about of the soul from a day whose light is darkness to the veritable day.” Variations of ostrakinda are still played in Europe. English children play a version called “Crusts and Crumbs,” French children one called “Le Jour et La Nuit,” and Austrian children a game called “Schwarz-Weiss.”

4. Greek children enjoyed playing episkyros, also known as ephebike—a sort of rugby-football type game. The players divided into two teams. Each team stood on one side of a line drawn on the ground. A goal line was drawn behind each team; the two sides then fought to reach the other side’s goal line.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ziziki's Taverna Nominated For Favorite Mediterranean Restaurant With Addison Magazine

Ziziki's Taverna has once again been nominated Favorite Mediterranean restaurant in the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards!

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A special thank you goes out to our Addison patrons, who have nominated and voted for us - to victory - last year for this great honor! We' ve been nominated as Favorite Mediterranean restaurnat with Addison Magazine Reader's Choice Awards! Now, we need your votes to seal the deal and launch us into first place. Thank you for making Ziziki's Taverna - Addison's Best Mediterranean Restaurant!

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Story of Greek Migrations To America

With the Olympics approaching we’re finding ourselves reflecting on our Greek Heritage. It’s a well-known fact that America is considered a melting pot. And as Greeks, we're glad to be one big ingredient in the pot!

Greeks began to settle in America at the end of the 19th century. By the outbreak of the First World War there were about 300,000 Greek immigrants in the United States. The main reason for leaving Greece wa unemployment, low wages and high prices. Most Greeks settled in cities where they tended to find menial, unskilled work.

Greek communities were often self-sufficient with their own churches, coffee house, mutual benefit societies and political clubs. Greek Orthodox religious festivals and traditions were strictly observed. By 1910 both New York and Chicago had Greek-language newspapers. Since 1820 over 655,000 people have emigrated to the United States from Greece.

The 1980s can be characterized as the start of a return to historical memory, a review of the path taken by Greeks in America. This was yet another opportunity for Greek-Americans to honor their unique heritage.

Today Greeks are found in every aspect of American culture far beyond restaurateurs. In fact, here are a few Greeks you might be familiar with:

  • Tina Fey (S&L and Thirty Rock)
  • Melina Kanakaredes (CSI NY)
  • Michael Chiklis (The Shield)
  • Yanni (famous musician)
  • Telly Savalis (Kojak)
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends)
  • Michael Dukakis (80s presidential candidate)
  • Olympia Dukakis (actress)
  • Nia Vardalos (Big Fat Greek Wedding)
  • Billy Zane (Titanic)