Join us for a wonderful interview with a talented group of friends and business partners that are truly making waves in Boston. Demetri Tsolakis, Stefanos Oungrinis, and Brendan Pelley of Xenia Greek Hospitality sit with us to discuss how they came to be, where they are today, and what the future holds for this team that has created and is continually creating a fantastic Greek scene in Boston, and hopefully beyond!
Join us in welcoming Aggeliki Konstanti to the godcast! Aggeliki is a young Greek singer-songwriter and violinist based in Athens, Greece. She grew up in South Africa where she was exposed to the arts from a young age. She started playing the violin when she was 5 years old and her curiosity in music continued to evolve, later exploring songwriting and the guitar. Her music combines the romance of traditional and older Greek influence with modern undertones having been inspired by both Greek artists such as Konstantinos Argiros and Giannis Ploutarchos as well as American artists such as Taylor Swift. Her debut single, "Se Latrevo", is available on all online platforms.
Say hello to the awesome Tina Karras! It's amazing how one dream can give birth to another. Tina moved to Los Angeles with literally one guitar and two suitcases to pursue her dream of being a singer-songwriter. She paid rent by working in restaurants and eventually music venues. Little did she know that these day jobs would lead to the creation of Tina's Vodka.
We chat with Modern Lusso founder Niko Kokkinos. Born in America but of Greek descent, Niko grew up in Annapolis, MD and frequently travels to Greece to visit friends and family. The Modern Lusso collections combine his love for the Greek summer lifestyle with his personal streetwear style.
Join us for a great chat with Nick Livanos of the Livanos Restaurant Group. Nick grew up working in the family’s restaurants during the school year and spending his summers in Greece. Coming from a family of talented cooks and a long line of commercial fishermen, it didn’t take long for him to fall in love with food; the concepts of freshness and quality were the foundation of his culinary expertise. Nick graduated from Adelphi University with a bachelor’s degree in management, and his life changed when, on a whim, he decided to visit the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and later enrolled. Today, Nick oversees the business of all Livanos restaurants.
What an amazing episode! We got to meet the absolutely awesome guys of KI Legal (not to mention Marathi Restaurant NYC) and took a deep dive into their collective story and how they got to where they are today. Join us as we hang out with Andreas Koutsoudakis & Michael Iakovou!
Nick was born in Hollywood Florida and spent his childhood training to be Batman and planning his next big adventure. He grew up on the move and lived in 5 states by the time he was twelve. This only made him more adaptable and comfortable with integrating into any environment.
Ari & Foti were fortunate enough to spend some time with the wonderful Evelyn Bakinta, founder of the amazing Chic Greek Gifts brand. Evelyn joined us directly from Crete, Greece to tell us her story of creating this wonderful line of Greek gift products. Join us!
Our new jewelry collection comes from two amazing designers in Mykonos, George and Aristos of Annima Concept. We catch up with them to learn more about their journey from architectural and interior design to master jewelry designers. Join us as we get to know these fascinating gentlemen and their amazing jewelry collection, available now on Greekazon!
We chat with Christos Sourligas about his amazing cookbook inspired by and including his late mother's incredible cooking! Christos joins us from Greece to tell us a little bit about his journey to cookbook author. Join us!
A great chat with Yiayia's Kitchen series creator Brianna Midgley. Each story in her series was inspired by her beloved Yiayia (grandmother) and the impact she had on her life. For those from Greek heritage or love of Greek culture, you may relate to some of the experiences, traditions and food mentioned in the books. Others may find nostalgia in celebrating the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren.
We were so excited to meet and get to know Ntina Skoteiniadis, co-founder & CEO of the amazing Meltémi Yogurt company. Ntina began her career at Salomon Brothers, Inc. in New York in Sales and Trading. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing, capital raising, and operations management, primarily in the financial services industry. She has worked in global banks, family offices, start-ups and mature companies in London, NY and Athens. Ntina has a B.S. in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Ntina now runs Meltémi Yogurt and we are so happy to have discovered this truly wonderful Greek yogurt!
We hang out with restauranteur extraordinaire Spiro Pappadopoulos. Spiro grew up in Andover working in his family's restaurant while attending Andover High School. After attending Boston College, Spiro moved to New York City and dove into the restaurant business for seven years before moving back to Massachusetts.
Join us in learning about the incredible journey of Theia Brands founders Peter & Despina Sarianides. Their goal is to set the bar for a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. Their products are made with fresh, natural ingredients and they believe that their customers deserve a product that they can enjoy and feel good about serving to their families.
We talk all things health and fitness with WBFF Pro competitor Stephania Tsimikas. We learn about her past, her life, her motivations, and how she became a pro athlete in the highly competitive world of strength training. Join us in getting to know Stephania!
We had the pleasure of catching up with the amazing Demetri Tsolakis. For those that don't know, his footprint in Boston began with Committee Ouzeri + Bar and has extended to fast-casual Greco, and, most recently, Krasi Meze & Wine. Except for the fact that each concept is rooted in Greek culture, they are all very distinct from one another, with almost zero menu overlap. If that link to Greek culture forms the fabric of the restaurants, it’s Tsolakis’s deft touch as a restaurateur along with his creativity and his passion for all things Greek that are the threads tying them all together.
We hang out with the amazing Olympia Papageorgiou! We learn more about her background history, and life. Olympia is an international singer and recording artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her music is a mix of multiple styles, such as R&B and International Pop. Her first single, Falling Apart, a reggeaton hit, was released in September of 2017. She then released her second single 8th Day, an R&B love song, on her 24th birthday in 2018. Releasing her biggest single, SALUD, in May 2019, she followed with her first music video for the international bop. Los Angeles-based blog, BuzzMusic, reviewed SALUD only weeks after its release, which led to Olympia being named “Top 10 Artists of 2019” by the popular blog. She has now released her single “No Titles” and it will have you dancing! Join us!
Check out an amazing chat with one of our favorite Greeks - Kalomira! The beautiful, talented, and awesome Kalomira chatted with us about all sorts of topics from music to parenting to life in general, and we had a great time listening and learning more about her! Join us!