In ancient Greece, the symposium was a part of a banquet that took place after the meal, when drinking for pleasure was accompanied by music, dancing, recitals, or conversation.

On Nov. 5, 2018, the Seattle Bailliage new Vice Conseiller Gastronomique, Betty Sasenick, started her second event with the idea of creating a theme – the Greek Symposium! The scene took place at Omega Ouzeri on Capitol Hill. Omega is unique in its approach; the owners Thomas and Rebecca Soukakos wanted to bring traditional Greek recipes around the long-standing tradition of “meze” when exceptional food to be shared by everyone around the table with ouzo and wine, in a more upscale setting.

Diane Roberts Birkeland, Conseiller Gastronomique Etats-Unis Hon. Mel Sturman
Diane Roberts Birkeland, Conseiller Gastronomique Etats-Unis Hon. Mel Sturman
Ecuyer Cheung, Queena Vice Conseiller Gastronomique, Betty Sasenick
Ecuyer Cheung, Queena Vice Conseiller Gastronomique, Betty Sasenick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At its roots, ouzeris were the place for the workmen to gather and share small bites of simple fare with ouzo but today these Greek meze have become more elaborate. At Omega Ouzeri there are small tables for intimate conversation as well as communal tables for lively connections. There is a dynamic open-air kitchen, uniquely Greek spirited bar, a private party mezzanine space where the Symposium was held, and a large outdoor area, the perfect place to showcase Rebecca and Thomas’ passion for redefining traditional Greek recipes.

Omega Ouzeri Authentic Greek food breaks the barriers to Greek wines. A wonderful time for all, Via La Chaine!

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Starter
Stridia: Chilled Oysters (Plated)
Champagne (Chaine Supplied, Free Corkage)

Appetizer
Psomi: Grilled Columbia City Bread (Family Style)
Tzatziki
Fava Santorini
Melitzanosalata
Octapodi: Grilled Octopus
Lyraralis Liatiko Rose, 2017

Salad
Dakos : Tomato Salad
Folio or Kallisto from Mercouri Estate

Fish
LAVRAKI: Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass
Horta Salata: Braised Greens
Lyrarakis Assytiko

Meat
ARNI FOURNOU: Roasted Lamb
Xinomavro, Hedgehog, Alpha Estate

Desserts
LOUKOUMADES: Greek Donuts
LADO TOURTA: Olive Oil Cake
Chortais, Mercouri Estate

Photos by Robin Du Brin