Feast of the Mediterranean event to benefit CCR
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The Dionysios Dancers, a Greek dance troupe, will provide entertainment during the Feast of the Mediterranean dinner on March 1. Courtesy photo
The Dionysios Dancers, a Greek dance troupe, will provide entertainment during the Feast of the Mediterranean dinner on March 1. Courtesy photo
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Mediterranean dishes and traditional dancing will be highlighted Saturday, March 1, as Canyonlands Community Recycling hosts its Feast of the Mediterranean fundraising dinner at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West.

The event features a wide variety of authentic Greek, Syrian and Turkish foods and live dance performances by the Dionysios Dancers, a Greek dance troupe made up of college students from the Salt Lake City area.

In the past, CCR has held a yearly fundraising dinner with an Indian menu.

“This year’s event will have many elements of the previous fundraising dinners, including authentic, exotic food that can’t normally be found in Moab and live dance performances, but with a shift of geographic focus,” according to a news release from CCR.

“We’re excited to work with so many great chefs and volunteers to bring fresh, homemade Mediterranean food to Moab, I know that it’s a real treat for people to be able to get delicious food that isn’t served regularly at Moab restaurants.” said Abby Scott, CCR’s program director.

The evening will begin with family style appetizers and an opening dance performance. The main course, which will feature a choice of chicken or vegetarian entrée and a selection of side dishes from Greece, Turkey and Syria, will be served buffet style. The menu includes classic Mediterranean favorites such as hummus, tzatziki, Turkish red lentil soup, fresh Greek salad, Syrian stuffed grape leaves, Greek lemon chicken, batsaria (a phyllo-less spanakopita), baklava and many other dishes, officials said. A second performance by the Dionysios Dancers will round out the evening. 

Tickets are $40 and may be purchased by contacting CCR at ccr@moabrecycles.org or by calling 435-210-4996. A cash bar will also be available.

The Feast of the Mediterranean will be the first time the Dionysios Dancers perform in Grand County. Dimitri Cayias, the president of the Dionysios Dancers, is excited to be bringing his elite Greek dance troupe to perform in Moab. The Dionysios Dancers are regulars at Greek Festivals all over the Mountain West including those in Price, Grand Junction and Salt Lake City. “We at CCR are really looking forward to having such a talented and professional dance troupe perform at this event. I think the Dionysios Dancers will end up being a big highlight for attendees,” said Scott.

All proceeds from this dinner support CCR’s operating costs and programs, which include the monthly paper drives, electronics and battery recycling crives, youth recycling education and event waste help for other local nonprofits. Donations can also be made to CCR by contacting CCR at ccr@moabrecycles.org or PO Box 97, Moab, UT, 84532.

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