Gardens of Salonica presents SYMPOSIA: A Series


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If you missed some of our most popular podcasts with artist Jim Denomie, honey man Brian Fredericksen, urban planner Antonio Rosell, baker and bookmaker Steve Nelson, and many others – it’s not too late, listen here:

 Zoran Mojsilov

Zoran Mojsilov

January 8, 2014

Local stone sculptor with swagger, Zoran will share a series of short movies that highlight his latest projects in Serbia, France and the U.S.

Robyne Robinson

Robyne Robinson

November 13, 2013

How does the economic and political situation of Greece today dovetail with jewelry design and marketing? Local personality and former Channel 9 news anchor, Robyne Robinson weaves her tale at our 26th Symposia. A self-taught lapidary artist, Robyne’s jewelry line was discovered by former Ralph Lauren and Macy’s executive Frank Guzzetta in 2005. ROX is sold in the U.S., Greece, Vietnam, Kenya and the Virgin Islands.  

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Susan Thurston, My Trip to Greece

August 21, 2013

Spend an evening with just-returned-from-European-Travels-with-family, Guest Presenter, Susan Thurston, who shares her candid impressions, poignant moments, and highlights of her month long trip through England, Paris, Italy and Greece. Interspersed with mouth-watering commentary by Anna on the four-course, wine-paired meal that you missed. 


Hazel Belvo, The Art of Trees

April 17, 2013

More portrait than landscape, Belvo’s trees move and transform, suggesting human states: anguish, solitude, and attitudes of ecstasy. Hazel Belvo’s work can be found in collections around the world and locally including the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center and the Bockley Gallery. Download: Hazel Bevlo Artist Talk

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Clare Ochry, Pathways to Creativity

March 20, 2013

Growing up in Detroit Lakes, Clare felt that she was missing something in life, but when she discovered Yoga and it’s benefits she discovered a passion for helping others that even she was surprised by. Learn to identify and respond to your inner creative self. Clear your pathways and be the genius that you were intended to be with Yoga! ROOM TO BREATHE

Brian Fredericksen Bee Man

Honey Man Brian Fredericksen

February 20, 2013

A real Minnesota Beekeeper discussing real Minnesota honey.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Brian credits his Master Gardener and Naturalist grandmother to be the chief influence in the eventual course his life has taken.

A graduate from UVW Stout with a MS in Engineering, Brian worked in R&D for 3M for twelve years, before he took the past time hobby from 500 apple trees and 2 bee hives to his more-than full time occupation of harvesting 2,000 trees and 450 hives. Visit Ames Farm


Wine and Politics with Dr. Basil Janavaras

January 16, 2013

Born in Corinth, Greece, Dr.Basil Janaveras has made the Midwest his home. He is a celebrated professor, lecturer and author of economics, business and culture.

Recently, the Janavarases have started an import business, Janavaras Enterprises LLC, and bring to Minnesota table some of the best hand-picked wines from Greece! Tonight he talks about the global economy and Greek culture. Geia mas!


Gardens of Salonica Symposia XX The Secret Life of Bee Keepers

The Secret Life of Bee Keepers

November 11, 2012

Anna describes a feast dripping with honey, and an impromptu panel of bee keepers moderated by Edie French of, share their journey and impact of environment on bees – including Marge Ostroushko, (Minneapolis), Dan Donnelly (Afton) and Pam Arnold (Salt ‘n Pepper Farms, Scandia) all devotees of Marla Spivek (MacArthur Genius Award).


Kathleen Reilly

Kathleen Reilly, Activist, Retired Social Worker & Three Time Tourist To Greece

August 29, 2012

Kathleen’s witty, and spot-on commentary will accompany Anna’s best plates discovered on the islands of Corfu, Lefkada, Zakynthos, Santorini & Sifnos.


Pawel Stachowicz, Doctor of Plastic Surgery

May 16th, 2012

Listen to this months podcast with Pawel Stachowicz, doctor of plastic surgery. The title, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Plastic Surgery and Were Afraid or Embarrassed to Ask” says just about all. With an added bonus of Anna’s mouthwatering descriptions of the feast you could have enjoyed if you had joined us in person.


Symposia: A series

is a project of the Gardens of Salonica, Guests are invited to join Symposia while enjoying a Chef driven, four course, wine-paired, family style dinner celebrating the ancient foods of Greece. Every 4th Wednesday of the month at Gardens of Salonica in NE Minneapolis. Call for reservations, speaker of the month and event times. Podcast services provided by IMAGES an award winning multimedia company in Minneapolis, MN.

Antonio Rosell, Urban Planner & Civil Engineer

April 25th, 2012

Listen to this months podcast with Antonio Rosell, an engineer with more than fifteen years of planning and engineering experience, as he talks about Minnesota’s bike-share program Nice Ride. Learn more at his website.

Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson, Baker & Bookmaker

March 28th, 2012

Listen to this months podcast with Steve Nelson a baker, traveler, pilgrim and co-founder of Collegeville Artisan Bakery, as he talks about his experiences and plans for a breadmaking book featuring monastaries around the world.


Jim Denomie, Artist

February 29th, 2012

View Jim Denomie’s work as he walks you though each slide with this Gardens of Salonica podcast. To see more visit his website. Artist Jim Denomie, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe, inspired and intrigued a full house of appreciative guests at the February Symposia. In 2005, Denomie completed a task of painting at least one painting a day, for one year. Much of the work was showcased in the exhibition New Skins at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2007, and he was named one of City Pages Artist of the Year for 2007. In 2008, he was awarded a Bush Artist Fellowship and in 2009, an Eiteljorg Native American Fine Art Fellowship. Join us next month and enjoy the meal as well.


Bonnie Fournier

January 25th, 2012

The Girl Photographer of the Smooch Project describes her challenges and successes of her effort to gather 10,000 images from around the world to support the cultivation of peace, kindness, generosity, compassion, forgiveness and joy within human hearts throughout the world.


Susan Thurston

November 30th, 2011

Susan Thurston, who is a poet, cook and educator, has challenged Anna to create a dish inspired by her favorite poem, “I Would Like to Describe.” Challenging her own Muse, Susan has promised to create a personal poem inspired by Anna’s “reading” of each guests’ coffee grounds!


Zoran Mojsilov

October 26th, 2011

A food tour of Northern Greece with guest artist Zoran Mojsilov and musician Steve Brantseg.

Tim Hall, Music Building | Podcast

Music Building with Tim Hall

September 28st, 2011

Hall, a certified Luthier, will articulate the process of guitar and violin building with a slide show and a display of the luthier’s tools.


Traveling Greece

August 31st, 2011

Learn about traveling to Greece with world traveler Katerina Karter and Besse Marangos of Schilling Travel. And of course Anna’s mouth-watering descriptions of the scrumptious meal made from recipes collected on her most recent trip to Greece.


Rural Issues For an Urban Audience

May 25th, 2011

Brett Olson is co-founder and Creative Director for Renewing the Countryside, President of Green Routes, and hosts Local Food Hero radio. Brett discusses his effective strategies for building sustainable rural economies and enhancing the quality of place for the people who live in them.

Mary Jo Thompson - Poet

Poetry with Mary Jo Thompson

April 27th, 2011

Learn about the life of a poet and the “how to’s” of writing the poetry hiding in your soul. Celebrated poet, Mary Jo Thompson (Best American Poetry 2011) leads this engaging and interactive Symposia.

Greek Dancers of Minnesota

Greek Independence Day

March 25th 2011

Celebrate with Greek Dancers of Minnesota. Clap along with traditional songs by Niki Stavrou of Victor’s 1959 Cafe and find out why Jeremy Iggers thinks you should support the award-winning Twin Cities Daily Planet.

photo courtesy TC Daily Planet

Television News & the Changing Face of Journalism

February 23rd 2011

Rena Sarigianopoulos & Jana Shortal from KARE 11 join this Symposia to share their experience and perspective of the ongoing joys and challenges of their profession.


Benefits of Yoga

Guest speaker, Nancy Erickson demonstrates the healthy benefits of yoga – everyday for everyone.


Cancer Prevention through Healthy Food Habits

Author of Avoiding Cancer One Day at a Time, Lynne Eldridge, MD, speaks about Cancer Prevention through Healthy Food Habits