Zealous Stories

In this blog, we want to share with you stories of people and places and things that reflect zēlos, that Greek energy and enthusiasm that characterizes all we do. We hope you enjoy finding out more about this small, resilient, fascinating country and all it offers and inspires.

Tomato-baked eggs, aka “strapatsáda”

Tomato-baked eggs, aka “strapatsáda”

Memories of childhood summers in Greece led Maria to make this simple, tasty egg and tomato dish.

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Panos Tsikas

Chef Panos Tsikas - an island boy comes home

Maria talks to Panos Tsikas, chef at Santorini’s gourmet restaurant, Selene, worth a detour on any vacation.

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Easy Appetizer: Spinach Filo Shells

Easy Appetizer: Spinach Filo Shells

Here’s a fast and easy appetizer that’s perfect to offer with a glass of wine or champagne  for that last-minute visitor!

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Oven-Baked Fish with Sea Fennel - "plakí"

Oven-Baked Fish with Sea Fennel - "plakí"

Just in time for Father’s Day, a tasty one-dish lunch from Panos, a friend and supporter!

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Spring Peas & Mint Risotto

Spring Peas & Mint Risotto

We love fresh peas in Spring. Elli & Manos' Peas and Mint spread is just perfect to create an easy, flavorful, and refreshing risotto.

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meatballs with tomato and thyme

Bison Meatballs with Tomato & Thyme

Dinner at the lake? Easy and flavorful recipe using the oh-so-versatile Elli & Manos Greek Flavor Bursts.

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Maria's Feta and Capia Peppers Mousse

Maria's Feta and Capia Peppers Mousse

Just in time for your Memorial Day parties, here’s Maria’s Feta & Capia Pepper Mousse!

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Jose Salazar

José Salazar’s Sea Fennel Ceviche

Read about his wonderful fusion of Latin American and Greek cuisine.

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Sylvia's veggie flatbread

Sylvia's Veggie Flatbread

When our friend Sylvia sent us a scrumptious picture of what she did with her Tragano Capia Peppers and Kalamata Olives, we just knew we had to share it!

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Meet Philippe, Our Olive Oil Connoisseur

Meet Philippe, Our Olive Oil Connoisseur

Meet Philippe, our olive oil connoisseur (in yellow) - Read about his journey from Lausanne to Aegina and his obsession with quality and “εΰ ζην”.

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Easy Stovetop Shrimp Youvetsi

Easy Stovetop Shrimp Youvetsi

A faster and lighter version of Greek youvetsi to serve family style and share with the ones you love.

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Easy Appetizer: Spinach and Feta Pinwheels

Easy Appetizer: Spinach and Feta Pinwheels

Spinach & Feta Pinwheels - Enjoy an easy alternative to the Greek “spanakopita", thanks to Elli & Manos’ Spinach and Feta Greek Flavor Burst.

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The REAL Greek Salad!

The REAL Greek Salad!

THE “REAL” GREEK SALAD - Inspired by Elli Nikolaou, we bring you the secrets to this true summer staple.

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The Elli behind Elli & Manos

The Elli behind Elli & Manos

Meet Elli Nikolaou, one of the intrepid Greek entrepreneurs that Zelos Greek Artisan is so proud to work with.  

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Greek Clafoutis a recipe with olives and roasted red peppers

Clafoutis, Greek Style

Don’t know what to do with your leftover roasted red peppers and Kalamata olives?  Here is a neat idea, Clafoutis, Greek Style!

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Cuisine Art Cocktails book

When food meets art, a lot of great things happen

The fascinating story of how design, art and food were combined into a one-of-a-kind book called Cuisine Art Cocktails.

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Family photo

Food as an act of love... Why I started Zelos

What happens when food both fuels your body and nurtures your soul? It becomes an irreplaceable ingredient of health and happiness. For me it also became the motive to start Zelos.

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