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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 December 2018
LIFESTYLE 14 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER 2018 Noosa to get its first ever Greek restaurant It's been a long time coming, but thanks to owner and head chef Alexandros Vasileiou, Sunshine Beach is about to experience Greek cuisine for the first time. Apollonio, the only Hellenic eatery in Noosa just opened its doors on Thursday, offering scrumptious food and great service right out of Duke Street, in the heart of the busy area. "This is the only Greek Apollonio owner and head chef Alexandros Vasileiou. restaurant in the Noosa area. All of the food will be authentic and fresh - this is what I pride myself on," chef Vasileiou said, explaining that he wanted his restaurant to have a homey feel with a laid back, inviting style - more suitable to the bustling everyday rhythms of Sunshine Beach. "I want people to enjoy themselves here in traditional Greek style," he added. "We offer delicious food and an inviting atmosphere. Come, eat, drink, share and laugh." For Vasileiou's family the food and hospitality industry has developed into a familial tradition, with their experience spanning three generations. He himself, succeeding a long line of acclaimed chefs, has headed the kitchens of some of Greece's most prestigious five-star resorts, from the Blue Palace in Elounda Beach and Costa Navarino in the Peloponnese, to the Kaldera Palace in the heart of Heraklion, Crete. Moussaka, souvlaki, slow- baked lamb, haloumi and loukoumades are only a few of the classic Greek flavours he plans to introduce to the region while he has also prepared a wide range of mouth-watering Mediterranean delicacies that will satisfy even the most demanding customer. A selection of Greek and local wines will also be available. It is worth mentioning that Vasileiou has previously worked at Sydney's awardwinning Greek restaurant 1821. "I couldn't be more excited to be bringing my flavours to to Sunshine Beach," he said. "Everyone loves Greek food. Whether they have been to Greece or not, we will make them feel like they are there." A night of Greek music and nostalgia In Oakleigh this Sunday night audiences will have the chance to relive Greek music favourites of the 1940’s right through to the 70’s T his weekend The Pearl in Oakleigh will come alive with a night of nostalgic Greek music, featuring live performances of muchloved songs from the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's. Taking place on Sunday 9 December, hitting the stage will be veteran singer George Malliaros together with Anthea Sidiropoulos and her six-piece band Anthea's Rubies. The show was inspired by a sentiment of nostalgia for a bygone era, that Anthea realised she shared with her fellow band members; if they felt this way, then surely others were yearning to relive the music of the past too. They approached George to join them in a program paying homage to musicians of the past, and after a great turnout earlier this year at The Bank in Brunswick have decided to put on one last show to see out the year. Well-know for his vocal talents across Melbourne's Greek community, he is remembered most for his performances at Cosmopolitan Tavern during the 80's. Located at the Cypriot Community's former building in the CBD, George ran the popular venue himself together with his business partner Chris, offering upand-coming musicians a platform, while giving the thriving Greek and wider Australian community a space to venture out, eat delicious food and let their hair down for over 10 years. Since then, George has gone on to have a successful career singing in his native adopted homes of Greece and Melbourne respectively. On Sunday night audiences will be treated to a catalogue of favourites performed by George and Anthea, including songs by Parios, Dalaras, Mitropanos, Kazantzidis, Tsitsanis, Marinella, Glykeria and Alexiou to name a few. New Year’s Eve with Efi Thodi DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM M elbourne is getting ready to welcome famous demotic Greek singer Efi Thodi and acclaimed klarino player Angelos Stathopoulos for an epic New Year's Eve Party at Grand Star Reception in Altona North. The duo, along with local support singers Doukisa and Dimitris Kavadas under the musical direction of Christos Nikolaidis, promises to deliver a show to remember with people expected to hit the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning. After all, Thodi is known across Greece for keeping party spirits high with her performances. The Karditsa-born singer has been active professionally in the country's music scene since The much-loved George Malliaros will be performing on the night. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Anthea Sidiropoulos and band Anthea’s Rubies will be joining George. PHOTO: ANTHEA.COM.AU 1984, establishing herself in the demotic and folk genres, while she even managed to build a growing youth fan base in recent years through the hits Ãëýêá Ãëýêá and Åßóáé Íéíß. Stathopoulos will be on her side to entertain crowds with his klarino sounds and demonstrate the wide repertoire that gained him the reputation of covering Greece's diverse music traditions. The artists will perform on New Year's Eve, Monday 31 December at Grand Star Reception (499 Grieve Pde, Altona North VIC). Tickets start from $100 p.p. the price including food, vasilopita, champagne and soft drinks (alcohol charged extra). For more information, call 0422 472 006. For bookings call 0410 947 474 or (03) 9369 4446.
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