If you go
What: Greek dinner and bake sale
When: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: St. John Greek Orthodox Church, 3512 MacCorkle Ave.
Cost: Dinners are $14; baked goods also available separately
Chris Bennett gave up her Greek last name when she married 40 years ago. Laura Brown Konstantinakos took one on.
Bennett retained her heritage, of course, along with the wonderful traditional Greek recipes passed down on her side of the family. And Konstantinakos acquired a rich heritage.
The two members of St. John Greek Orthodox Church have joined the church's other expert cooks in recent weeks to prepare components of the church's annual fundraising dinner, from flavorful meatballs called soutzoukakia and lemony chicken to rice pilaf, green beans (yiahni), grape leaf rolls (dolmathes), spinach pies (spanikopita), sweet bread and dozens and dozens of assorted pastries, including time-consuming baklava made with many layers of phyllo dough.
Last year's dinner, held on just one day, served more than 300 meals. The volunteers are expecting to serve 600 to 700 over two days this year, between diners who eat at the church and those who have dinners prepared to go.