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GastroVINO: The Naughty Greek Edition
February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education proudly presents the next edition of GastroVINO!
THE NAUGHTY GREEK on University and Raymond, just around the corner from our new headquarters!
GastroVINO is back. Find a great local restaurant that we feel deserves more attention, take it over for a couple hours on a Saturday, drink a bunch of great wine, learn from the owners and operators, laugh with new friends, and be home before the sun sets. We love GastroVINO events!
The Naughty Greek does it right. From top-notch slow roasted meats to the best fries around, to amazing sauces and salads, they are my new go-to spot for grabbing high-quality delicious food and supporting local business.
In her glowing “First Bite” review of the first location (on Snelling and Selby), local reviewer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl waxed poetic:
“Angelo Giovannis opened [his first location] on Snelling and Selby, with pork gyros made from scratch. He layers Minnesota pork with herbs, garlic, olive oil, and citrus in a mighty tower, then puts the whole thing in the classic gyro-turning magic situation and lets it roast until the meat is crackly and crisp in parts, and meaty and tender in others. Order a gyro, Giovannis slices it off and places it in a warm pita with a thick and excellent tangy yogurt tzatziki sauce, thinly sliced tomatoes, onions, and extra crisp French fries. Tear into it, and you have the ultimate street food—garlic and herbs and tangy, oh my! The Greek salad is just as good, thick cut cucumbers and a fat plank of feta with good olives and plenty of red onions—salad power for the win! I can’t say enough good things about the beef souvlaki (tender, medium rare beef when I tried it) and the “salacious eggplant spread,” with roast eggplant and chopped sweet peppers. It is worth buying by the quart. The mezze platter of three spreads and a warm appetizer is a very nice option for vegetarians—the little spinach pie is adorable and light as a feather. “
In a Pioneer Press interview with owner/founder Angelo Giovannis, he discussed the integrity of the food and his new restaurant:
“The menu is small and everything on it is stuff that I miss from home. It’s important to educate my guests on what is truly Athenian street food. We use Greek virgin olive oil. Greek yogurt. Feta imported from Greece — no cutting corners. I love the pork gyros. In Greece, gyros are with pork or chicken and that is what we offer here. While there are lamb dishes on our menu, you won’t find a lamb gyro here. I also love our Yia-Yias Orange Filo Cake. It’s my grandmother’s recipe.”
We hope you can join us for this fantastic GastroVINO event at The Naughty Greek. Get ready for loads of great food, three incredible Greek wines, tons of learning and inspiration, and more. After the event, all are invited to continue the afternoon at Dual Citizen Brewing, right around the corner.
A GastroVINO event has three key goals:
1) To introduce you to some of the best under-the-radar restaurants in the Twin Cities. We are blessed with a diverse cultural melting pot in Minnesota, and some of the most interesting food I’ve had in the last ten years has come from these establishments. They deserve attention.
2) To show you that the world of wine goes far beyond having a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a steak at Manny’s (though I’m all for that!). For the GastroVINO events, I intend to bring out obscure varietals that will (if all goes well) pair beautifully with the food.
3) To support the little guys, both in regards to the restaurants and the wines. There are so many restaurants that deserve more attention than they get, so a GastroVINO event is a great way to build a bridge and introduce you to some of these amazing under the radar gastronomic gems.
We will gather at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 16th at The Naughty Greek’s University Avenue location just off Raymond Avenue.
Seating is limited! If you are into food and wine pairing, don’t miss out!