Buying the Best Olive Oil

A staple of the Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is rich in antioxidants and health benefits. Not all varieties are created equal. Whether you are shopping in the grocery store or at a local olive oil market, there are a few things to consider when purchasing oil. Expiration Date Olive oil is perishable; therefore, each bottle should have an expiration date. Older olive oil doesn’t contain as many polyphenols, meaning it doesn’t have the same health benefits as fresh oil. In adherence to the Mediterranean Diet, it is best to consume the oil in the same year in which it was…Read More

Tips for Choosing the Best Caterer

Selecting a caterer is arguably one of the most important decisions when planning a special event. Great food can leave a lasting impression on your guests and make your event one to remember. With a wide variety of caterers and foods, it can seem like a daunting task to select the one best suited for your event. With decades of restaurant and catering experience, we’ve put together a few recommendations to help selecting a caterer a little easier. Responsiveness The overall interest and responsiveness in the early stages can be a strong indicator of the future relationship. High interest and…Read More

Wine 101: A Pairing Guide

Not only does wine pair well with food, it enhances the dining experience. Whether you highlight the similarities or emphasize the differences, pairing food and wine provides a memorable dining experience. Here are a few of our favorite pairings that will leave you hungry and thirsty for more. Sparkling Wines The light fizz of champagnes and sparkling wines pair well with caviar, shellfish, smoked fish and cream cheeses. Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio Rich in herbal character, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are crisp, dry wines. These aromatic, often fruity flavors are well suited for fish, shellfish, green vegetables or…Read More

6 Reasons to Add Hummus to Your Diet

In addition to being one of America’s tastiest and favorite snacks, hummus is filled with vitamins, minerals and health benefits. Unlike fried, carb based appetizers, this Middle Eastern chickpea spread is as flavorful as it is good for you. Here are just a few reasons you should be adding more hummus to your diet. Aids in Weight Management Rich in nutrients and protein, hummus can aid in weight management. The abundance of fiber curbs overeating and prevents weight gain, especially around the organs. The spread also balances blood sugar levels, fights off cravings and excess snacking. The high iron content…Read More

The Link Between Healthier Brains and the Mediterranean Diet

As we all have come to learn, aging plays a significant role on our bodies. Wrinkles appear, metabolisms slow, hair greys and brains shrink. Along with the physical changes we experience, we are also faced with the increased risk for diseases, strokes or dementia. For decades, research has indicated that regular exercise, healthy diets, mental stimulation and decreased tobacco use are all contributing factors in healthy brains. However, recent studies have now indicated that the Mediterranean Diet is also beneficial for brain health. A study published in the journal, Neurology, tracked the diets of 400 Scottish seniors ages 73 to…Read More

Vasilopita: A New Year’s Tradition

For Greeks, a New Year’s celebration isn’t complete without Vasilopita. Similar to the King Cakes of Mardi Gras, Vasilopita contains a gold coin or trinket, which is said to bring luck to the receiver. Each New Year’s Day families cut the cake, blessing the house and bringing luck to the family for the coming years. Cake is sliced and given to all those present, in order from oldest to youngest. Depending on the culture and family, bread can also be sliced in order to symbolize God, saints, the poor, and the household. Vasilopita is often associated with St. Basil’s Day,…Read More

Our Message Has Crossed Seas

At Acropolis, we are families serving families. Not only do we serve rich and flavorful dishes, but we strive to also serve our community. As owner, Betty Kyriakidis says, the restaurant is a ministry. It is a means to feed guests both spiritually and physically. We recently learned that our mission had spread beyond Chattanooga. It had made its way back to our roots in Greece. Ms. Betty’s granddaughter, Alexandria George, had been in Greece with The Salvation Army helping Syrian refugees when she met Major Maria Galinou Polis. While they were talking, Alexandria began telling her about her family’s…Read More

Craft Beers at Our Hamilton Place Restaurant

After a long, hard day there are few things more refreshing than an ice cold beer. Our Hamilton Place restaurant offers a wide variety of rotating local and regional craft beers. From light summer wheats to rich stouts and hoppy IPAs, there is sure to be a brew to please your palate. Whether it’s a frosty brew for happy hour or a pairing with a meal, these brews are sure to please. Stella Artois Belgium’s original Stella Artois is a European Pale Lager. This premium lager has a clean, crisp taste and a full flavor. Using the original Stella Artois…Read More

Summer Sangria Recipes

After a long, hot summer day nothing beats a crisp, refreshing beverage. From cookouts to a quiet evening at home, sangria is always a crowd pleaser. Whether you are a fan of red, white or blush wines, we have the sangria to please your taste buds. Mixed Berry Sangria 1lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and washed 6 oz. fresh blueberries, washed 6 oz. fresh blackberries, washed 2 bottles white wine ½ c. ginger ale In a large pitcher, add fresh fruit and wine. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight. Mix in the ginger ale before…Read More

The Benefits of Chattanooga Patio Dining

There are few things better than enjoying company and laughter while dining on fresh flavors and sipping wine on the patio. Not only is outdoor dining relaxing, eating al fresco is filled with health benefits. Enjoying the warm sunlight can be a significant mood booster- which is no surprise. Boost your mood and make your meals more enjoyable when you join us for lunch or dinner on the patio. It’s more than just breathing in the fresh air and soaking in the sun. When you enjoy a meal outside your body enjoys an extra dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D…Read More

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