[Hollywood On The Potomac] A new kind of dining has come to Washington, DC in which each meal is spiced lightly with some history and culture. This blending of history and culture to highlight a memorable meal is the brainchild of Dr. Zoe Kosmidou. For some, Zoe is a new face in the city – the recent founder and president of Ancient Dinners; for others, she is a world-traveler who has for many years represented Greece at its embassy in Washington.
Ancient Dinners is for Zoe a blending of two loves – travel and food – and each Ancient Dinner highlights a different country around the world gastronomically with family-style food, based on ancient recipes and created with original ingredients that are indigenous to the country.
Chefs Luigi Diotaiuti and Amy Riolo
The December dinner was the third Ancient Dinner in a series that will continue next year. It was held at Aperto Restaurant in Washington, DC, and it was billed as a Roman Cena. For the select diners, it was an educationally enriching experience, in which the ancient foods of Rome were introduced by two engaging personalities, Chefs Amy Riolo, author and television personality, and Luigi Diotaiuti, proprietor of Aperto and Al Tiramisu.
In the spirit of Virgil and Apicius, two famous Roman devotees of fine food, the charming duo of Luigi and Amy lifted the evening to Olympian heights, and filled it with their intimate knowledge.Ancient Dinners began this fall to celebrate the traditions and the cultures around the world; its goal is to offer guests a cultural experience that goes beyond just food. Like the ancient Greek symposia, or Deipnosophistaí, “Let us all eat, drink, and engage in learning tonight under the guidance of two prominent historians and gastronomists,” Zoe told guests as she lifted her wine glass in a toast to the moment. “Thank you all for coming. Alla salute!”