The History of Greektown’s Parthenon

Presented by
Yanna Liakouras, partner, The Parthenon restaurant, and
Camille Stagg, author, “The Parthenon Cookbook”

“Long may its fine traditions flourish, and long may its saganaki flame to the ebullient cries of ‘Oooppa!’”–Harry Mark Petrakis

Podcast courtesy of WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified

Don’t try this at home,” cautions Yanna Liakouras as she ignites a platter of Saganaki, traditionally melted cheese over which she has poured Metaxa. “The flaming doesn’t affect the taste of the cheese–it’s just for show” she says of the searing tradition started by her father, Chris, who co-founded the beloved Parthenon in 1968. 

Join us to hear Yanna discuss her special childhood memories about The Parthenon, the oldest restaurant in Chicago’s Greektown. She’ll give her personal perspective on Greektown, The Parthenon’s glorious expansion, her trips to Greece and her family there. She will offer a brief Greek culinary history, and will explain the Greek specialties she will serve that day. (Sorry, no Saganaki allowed in the Museum!)

Sharing the podium with Yanna will be longtime family friend, Camille Stagg, former food editor for Cuisine magazine and for the Chicago Sun-Times. “The Parthenon Cookbook” was Camille’s brainchild, and the Liakouas family commissioned her to create the cookbook to celebrate its 40 year history. Camille will give a behind-the scenes look at composing the book, and offer entertaining tips and wine pairing suggestions.

Program hosted at the Chicago History Museum.