Master Class: Greek with Kapnos George Pagonis
A Cooking Class. Join Chef George Pagonis in the kitchen for a Master Class in Greek cuisine. Menu:
Melitzanosalata made with roasted eggplant, feta cheese and walnuts
Charred Octopus served with shaved fennel, kalamata olives and grapefruit
Kolokithokeftedes made with zucchini, mint and kefalograviera
George Pagonis is executive chef and partner at Mike Isabella s regional Greek restaurants, Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna and Kapnos Kouzina. DC s Kapnos put mainland Greek cuisine, including daily whole animal roasting, on the map in the nation s capital when it opened in 2013. Kapnos Taverna expanded the brand to Arlington, VA and added a maritime flair to the menu with dishes exploring the cuisine of the islands and coastal regions of the Aegean. Pagonis opened Kapnos Kouzina, a home-style take on the Kapnos concept, with Isabella in spring 2016.
Outside the kitchen, Pagonis was a finalist on Season 12 of Bravo s Top Chef. He was recognized as Rising Culinary Star of the Year at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington s 2015 RAMMY Awards.