[MGSA-L] Clean Monday celebration to benefit the Gennadius Library

The American School (ASCSA) jgoble at ascsa.org
Wed Feb 16 08:27:16 PST 2011


The Board of Overseers of the Gennadius Library of
the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Cordially invites you to celebrate
CLEAN MONDAY - KATHARA DEFTERA

The 11th Annual Benefit for the Gennadius Library

With Honorary Patrons
Ambassador of Greece to the United States
Mr. Vassilis Kaskarelis and Mrs. Anna Kaskarelis

March 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

871 Seventh Avenue, New York City

Enjoy unique Lenten Cuisine prepared by

Chef Partner Jim Botsacos

Music performed by

Grigoris Maninakis and the Mikrokosmos Ensemble

The Gennadius Library is one of the national treasures of Greece. It is a
world-renowned center for the study of Hellenism from antiquity to the present,
holding some 120,000 rare books, archives, manuscripts and research volumes
illuminating all the periods of Greek history and civilization.  It draws a
public from around the world to use its collections and to attend its numerous
lectures and conferences.  The Board is comprised of distinguished women and
men from the United States and Greece, and its fine staff consists of the best
of American and Greek academia and librarianship. Visit [1]www.gennadius.gr for
further information on this unique institution.

[2]Please click here to download the invitation.

Here is a sample of some of the dishes you will enjoy!

Octapodi Lathera, slow cooked octopus, potatoes, eggplant, extra virgin olive
oil and oregano. Foods that are cooked “lathera style” are slow cooked under
cover using olive oil and the moisture that is created during the cooking.  All
the ingredients are cooked until fork tender.  You’ll see a variety of
different dishes done throughout Greece; everything from legumes to seafood.
This is a great dish to eat during the Lenten period as the richness of the
olive oil is quite satisfying.

Garides Sto Fourno, Roasted jumbo prawns, hot pepper & spiced tomato saltsa.
During the period of Lent, when Greeks abstain from meat, poultry, dairy and
any fin fish, you will see a large consumption of crustaceans along with
vegetables and legumes.  This dish combines the sweetness of the onion and the
contrast of the spiciness from the spice mixture that is sprinkled on the
prawns.  The prawns are then layered over the sweet onions and baked all
together in a casserole.  The end result is a luscious head-on prawn with
spices atop the sweet melted onions.

The dinner will be complemented by wines from selected vineyards of
Hatzimichalis Estate in Atalanti Valley in Central Greece (2009 Lefkos blend of
Robola, Malagousia and Sauvignon Blanc and  2006 Cabernet Sauvignon).

RSVP (609) 683-0800 Ext. 14 or jgoble at ascsa.org.
Space is limited. Please purchase your tickets early.  Guests will receive a
gift bag with a copy of the new edition of The Athenian Agora Site Guide edited
by John McK. Camp II, a gourmet bottle of extra virgin olive oil from Greek
Farm International's Terra Medi collection,  a bottle of Estate Hatzimichalis
wine (represented in the U.S. by Athenee Importers), and a copy of  Greek
America magazine.

References

1. http://www.gennadius.gr/
2. http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/gennadius/clean-monday-2011-invitation

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