Bits and Bites: Greek delicacies for sale at annual pastry sale


Greek pastry sale

Just in time for Easter, St. George Greek Orthodox Church will hold its annual Greek pastry sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by the Greek Ladies Philoptocos Society, the sale will feature Greek goodies like kataifi, rolls of shredded filo, filled with chopped walnuts and topped with a honey simple syrup; ravani, a farina cake with almonds and coconut in an orange syrup; kourabiethes, shortbread cookies, dusted with powdered sugar; saragli, chopped nuts and spices rolled in filo and twisted into swirls and bathed in syrup; and ahlathakia, a pear-shaped, orange-flavored shortbread cookie dipped in syrup and dusted with cinnamon sugar.

The church is at 73 Bradford St., Pittsfield.


Stop by Zucchinis Restaurant on North Street in Pittsfield and pull up a chair in the Italian restaurant's newly remodeled dining room. New industrial light fixtures and sleek wooden tables give the warm space an updated look. But don't worry, they still have booths for you to slide into too.

For local fans of the Neighborhood Diner on Main Street in Great Barrington, Tuesday marked the first day of the family favorite's new look and new menu. According to the restaurant's Facebook page, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee at their new full coffee bar.

Get baking

Strolling of the Heifers — a Vermont farm and food advocacy non-profit organization — along with King Arthur Flour and Red Star Yeast, announce the national "Great American Bread Recipe Contest." Entries will be accepted now through May 18.

Amateur bakers of all ages can submit one original recipe for a yeasted bread that includes King Arthur Flour and Red Star Yeast online at or by mail (Strolling of the Heifers, 105 Partridge Road, E. Dummerston, VT 05346).

The website includes detailed rules and additional information.

Judges will evaluate how easily and consistently the recipe can be replicated by others; they will also take into consideration flavor, texture, appearance, shape, and originality. Up to 15 finalists will be selected. Winners do not have to provide actual loaves of bread and do not have to be present to win.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 cash, a $250 gift certificate to the King Arthur Flour Catalogue, plus a year's supply of both Red Star Yeast and King Arthur Flour.

"Strolling of the Heifers started as a small-town parade and then grew into a regional movement focused on sustainable agriculture, food systems, and economic sustainability," says Orly Munzing, Strolling of the Heifers Founder and Executive Director. "Now we're taking our movement national by announcing this recipe contest. We want to know who will 'rise' to the challenge."

King Arthur Flour is America's oldest flour company and has been operating since 1790 as the premier baking resource for amateur and professional bakers. Committed to delivering baking success through innovative and consistent quality products, the Red Star brand has been a tradition in family baking and preferred among baking professionals baking since 1882.


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