We had the good fortune of connecting with Konstantinos (Kostas) Katsaros and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Konstantinos (Kostas), we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
I can imagine my family and my self on a small Greek island, running a small eco-tourism outfit. Of course there will be a restaurant involved, where fresh seafood is served with veggies picked from the backyard. Home-grown greens and fruits, fresh milk from the goats, daily fresh eggs and wild herbs from the mountainside will be regular staples. Of course there will be a moment when I will retire, but I will never stop cooking and taking care of friends and family.
What should our readers know about your business?
Inspired from the abundance of amazing fruits and vegetables of southern California, I founded Calamaki 2 years ago. The climate here is very similar to the mediterranean, especially the sun and the heat. Products like olives, figs, watermelon, grapes, herbs and many more made me to want to cook and create something connected to my greek roots. I wanted to combine greek dishes using local ingredients. My passion for grilling on charcoal made me decide to put skewers on the menu as well as slow cook meats on the rotisserie. I want to provide my community with tasty and healthy food. My philosophy is to make something simple and let the product shine! In the last two years I have learned so much, met many people in the industry, worked with amazing teams, and received a lot of positive feedback from customers. This is what motivates me to move forward and always try to be a better chef and person!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Maybe a week time sounds a lot, but in reality it is very little time fulfill the task of exploring Los Angeles! First, I would ask my friend for his priority top 10 things to do. Then, I would add in my ideas so we could make a plan. It would involve lots of food, drink and fun. We would start in downtown Los Angeles and visit the Grand Central Market, the Bradbury building, the Broad Museum and Little Tokyo. Then we would head to the San Gabriel Valley for some authentic asian food, I’d be sure to show my friend El Matador beach and Corona del Mar tide pools. East LA should not be missed for her tacos, nor Korean town for dumplings and karaoke or Eaton Canyon for a hike. We might even hit up a few farmers markets to bring food home for grilling. Then it’s off to Hollywood for food and drinks at iconic hotspots like the Rainbow Bar. Venice and Santa Monica would finish our day for the gorgeous sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout to my beautiful wife, Leia. First of all she is an amazing mother. Also, her support and love have made Los Angeles feel like home so fast. She encourages me to move forward and realize my dreams. Lots of credit also to my family-in law here in Los Angeles for all the amazing help since day one of our operations.
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