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    Greek salad made from a recipe in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church cookbook 'Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More!'

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    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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    The Greek-American Festival at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Toledo.

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• Greek cooking classes at Holy Trinity

If you love Greek food, then you’ll want to sign up for the upcoming Cooking Class and Dinner Series being hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

On Tuesday, the menu will be yemistes (stuffed peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant) for $40. On Oct. 2, Andreas and Maria Petros will teach about Oregano Chicken, rice pilaf, and green beans with tomato sauce; the cost is $40. And on Oct. 9, chef George Kamalaris, the owner of Georgio’s Café International, will offer a four-course dinner for $60: shrimp appetizer, Greek salad, lamb shank, liver paté, bread, and ouzo cheesecake (the meal will be paired with red and white wines). Each session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church, 740 Superior St., and includes a full meal.

To register online or to download a registration form to mail in, go to For more information, call 419-243-9189.


• Sweet Shalom pie contest

Fall is the perfect time for both tea and pie. So at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Sweet Shalom Tea Room, 8216 Erie St. in Sylvania, will combine these two favorites at its annual pie contest.

Contestants are encouraged to enter their favorite fall dessert pies, and a team of judges and guests at that afternoon’s tea will taste all the treats to find their favorites. Entrants must attend the tea and be present for the presentation of prizes.

The judges’ first prize winner will be awarded a vintage-inspired apron and a $25 gift voucher; second place will win a ceramic pie plate and a $20 gift voucher; and third place will receive a vintage silver pie server and a $15 gift voucher. The people’s choice winner will get an award certificate suitable for framing along with a $10 gift voucher.

For more information, to make reservations or to register as a contestant, call Sara Velasquez at 419-297-9919.


• Wood County Throwdown

It’s time for the 6th annual Wood County Throwdown, hosted by the Wood County Committee on Aging, at which five area chefs will show off their cooking chops. The competitors will represent local facilities that serve older adults: Brookdale of Bowling Green, Perrysburg Commons, St. Clare Commons, StoryPoint Senior Living, and Wood Haven Health Care.

Local celebrity judges will choose the Throwdown champion of 2018, while attendees will get to vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Samples will include appetizers, entrées, and desserts.

Tickets cost only $10, and the fun will also include live music by James Askins. The event will take place at the Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg; doors open at 11 a.m.

For more information or to register, call the Wood County Committee on Aging at 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or email


• Cookbook round-up

Fall has brought some new cookbooks: How to Cook Without a Book: Recipes and Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart by Pam Anderson, The Ultimate One-Pan Oven Cookbook: Complete Meals Using just Your Sheet Pan, Dutch Oven, Roasting Pan and More by Julia Konovalova, The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook: Fun One-Pot Meals Your Whole Family Will Love! by Tiffany Dahle, and Cook Slow: 90 Simple, Chilled-Out, Stress-Free Recipes for Slow Cookers & Conventional Ovens by Dean Edwards.

Contact Mary Bilyeu at 419-724-6155 or, and follow her at

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