olives

Ancient Greek golden olive wreath, dated to the mid 4th century BCE. The wreath originates from the Bosporan kingdom in the northern Black Sea region and is currently located in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A spread of traditional mezes photograph by Peden & Munk

  • “Meze, which is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers before a main dish.  A big part of the dining experience in Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Arab countries. The word “meze” means “taste” and/or “snack.” The concept is very similar to the tapas of Spain,”