Why it's Chic to be Greek November 27, 2013 00:00

I am busy getting ready for the holidays and preparing for orders to come in, as we are always busier around this time of year. I started to think about attracting non-Greek customers, which we often do, and why my culture should appeal to them. I started brainstorming and came up with some fun facts about Greece, the culture and 8 reasons why I think it’s Chic to be Greek.

  1. Actress and producer Nia Vardolos is Greek. She is talented and wrote and starred in My Big Fat Greek wedding. A film that showcased Greek culture and traditions at its best.
  2. Greek Yogurt is more popular ever. It’s the best and outsells regular yogurt. Need I say more?
  3. Come summer time, the Greek culture will be celebrated through festivals all over the country. Here in Chicago there are close to half a dozen Greek themed festivals held every year.
  4. Tzatziki sauce is a staple at any bar/restaurant serving pita bread and more importantly it’s the signature sauce for the Gyro, a traditional Greek dish dating back to the 19th century and is now famous all over the world.
  5. You can’t walk by the freezer section at any grocery store without seeing several different brands of a Greek favorite, Spanakopita.
  6. Approximately 16.5 million tourists visit Greece each year. Greece has more international airports then most countries to accommodate for the high number of tourists.
  7. Next time you’re drinking that dirty martini, remember that Greece is the world’s third leading producer of olives. Some olive trees planted in Greece in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.
  8. About 12 million people around the world speak Greek. Greek has been spoken for more than 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest languages in Europe