Greens and fresh ingredients from the Kokotsakis family farm
During our programs and seminars, you will have a chance to eat with us and have a taste of the most healthy Cretan diet that is based on our biological family farm. The Kokotsakis farm raises biological, authentic Crete sheep and Petros is using the sheep milk to churn fantastic cheese, both the fresh and soft local white cheese called mizithra and aged hard yellow cheese graviera. There is no table laid without cheese, olives and olive oil.
The land and the seasons support us to maintain a sustainable lifestyle all year around. Our large, biological vegetable garden providing vegetables, fruits, greens and herbs is abundant enough to serve the family as well as the guests at Orizon Center and Akrimios Café & Restaurant. Orange, mandarin and lemon trees round out the farm to give the juice of our dishes and our life. Tasty mushrooms are gathered on the farm or locally and used in delicious Cretan recipes and wild mushrooms grilled on the stove is undoubtedly an all-time favourite delicacy for all.
Being faithful to the Cretan dietary traditions Ingrid Margarita has also a reputation for her exceptional vegetarian soups that is a manifestation of her love for spices combined with her Austrian heritage brought in to the Cretan family. She likes to combine chick peas and ginger, and has her own syrup recipe to make the most incredible honey-like grape balsam cooked for long hours out of wine juice.
Depending on the weather, each year from November to January Petros Kokotsakis, his two sons and various helpers are working hard to drop, clean and collect the olives that are turned into delicious, biological and healthy olive oil and used all over the year. Exceptional high quality olive oil as well as their hand crafted organic wine are the golden liquids of the family and naturally offered to visitors during the meals.
The place where relentless taste rules...
Petros Kokotsakis and her wife Ingrid Margarita are supervising the cooking to make sure visitors get an unforgettable experience while enjoying the food Orizon Center and Akrimios Restaurant has to offer. They are the beating heart of the kitchen to take care of fresh produce from the farm coming in just right on time, ingredients being cooked the way they needed to be cooked traditionally and finally, abundant plates are served with love, smile and true desire of sharing with their beloved guests.