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Honoring a culture

Kara Fox
Sierra Sun

Mary Mourelatos has been cooking Greek food since April to prepare for tonight’s cultural party at her family’s resort in Tahoe Vista.

“It takes time, the Greek cooking,” said the matriarch of the Mourelatos family, which owns the Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. “I’m exhausted.”

This is the second year for the Greek glendi, which is also the annual meeting for the North Tahoe Business Association. Nearly 60 people attended last year’s glendi, which means “party” in Greek, and more are expected this year.

On the menu is a plethora of homemade Greek food, which includes Greek meatballs, moussaka (eggplant, cheese and meat sauce), pastichio (macaroni, meat and cheese with pasta sauce), dolmades (stuffed leaves) and lamb shish kabobs, as well as other Greek specialties.

“We’re extremely grateful for the warm Mediterranean hospitality that the Mourelatos family is offering to us and the community,” said Pan Jahnke, executive director for the North Tahoe Business Association. “They will share the Greek way of life, which is all about celebrating food, music and drinks with friends and family. Mary is amazing. She is an inspiration to our community.”

While most of the evening will be centered around food and dancing, the business association will also hand out awards, which include volunteer of the year, best window display, best building and property improvement, best customer service and most promising new business.