Imagine being a child and growing up in a Greek town where each neighbourhood had its butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer. Where a trip to buy fruit and veg would turn into a magical walk full of colours and the scent of fresh, ripen produce. Where a quick visit became a 15-minute chat with the shop owner, because he knew you and everyone else in the area in person and by their first name – and because of that he could point you towards the perfect cut of meat, fish, ingredients to make the required recipe.
Imagine a visit to the grandparents turning into a tree-climbing game to pick up those delicious apples, those sweet oranges, those juiciest of mandarins, the deepest purple of cherries. Where helping grandma with cooking meant you got to sneakily try the new cheese she made, or the succulent olives she picked up from her olive grove, or the tastier tomatoes in the world she cultivated in her back yard.
Imagine getting the flu and drinking the most aromatic mountain tea your mum has made, from the dried herbs she picked up during one of her country walks. Or being told off for eating that ‘rubbish’ from a fast food restaurant.
Those memories, and even more, from my childhood still stay with me. And when I moved to the UK back in the late 80s, as a teenager, they ensured I kept eating food made from fresh ingredients. Away from the ready-made meal alleys, the freezer and the chemically induced flavours. I remember when, on occasion, I would take a small container with leftovers to work for lunch. My colleagues would look and say ‘Healthy food. Good!’. I always smiled at that term. For me it was normal food, rather than healthy.
This year, with the help of some friends, I finally decided to bring those childhood memories of mine to my home away from home: Liverpool. Greekosophy has been created in order to bring together that combination of delicious Greek food, made from fresh, organic ingredients, to support the local producers and community, and create that familiar feeling you get when it seems you’ve known the people behind the counter forever. Greekosophy is not just about good, Greek food. It’s about being passionate for what you do. It’s about experiences. It’s about learning the story behind everything we sell, everyone we do business with. It’s about people.
For me, it is a way of bringing back my childhood memories and seeing you experience first-hand what I experienced. For you, it will be a place where you know the food is normal (“healthy”) and the staff are not there to just serve you but to also have a friendly chat and a banter.
I hope you enjoy the experience.
Stam (founder of Greekosophy)