Greek Treats Tasting Experience

It’s a tradition steeped in sweetness and we’d like to offer our guests from around the world a chance to enjoy it with us!

Whether it’s an evening of wine tasting or a leisurely coffee session, we at Cinque invite you to partake in the quintessential Greek experience, complete with sweet confections that embody the warmth and generosity of Greek hospitality. 

This time, it’s a bit more personal, and this Cinque Experience ties in to family history. As son and grandson of a pastry chef and confectioner from the historic town of Lamia, cinque’s founders grew up immersed in the sights, smells, and flavors of traditional, handmade Greek confectionary. Drawing inspiration from grandfather’s legacy, we’ve curated a selection of sweet treats that pay homage to a more neglected part of greek culture, they may lack the luster of the more extravagant dishes and concoctions but has a lot of heart.

At Cinque Wine & Deli, we pride ourselves on curating experiences that transport our guests to the heart of Greek culture, where every sip and every bite is combined with the coziness of greek hospitality.

In this Cinque Experience, three traditional, handmade greek sweet treats tell you the story of how simple, easily stored, easily served flavorful and distictly elegant confections would solve an age-old problem. How do you satisfy the constant crowd of (as is the custom) uninvited guests that show up at your doorstep as a greek housewife? What can you offer, besides coffee, to elevate the evening?

In our case, trying to simulate the situation, we’ve ome up with an intereting combo of traditional, handmade and locally sourced confections. A dense, crumbly piece of halva with almonds, a serving of intense, sour cherry preserve and a handful of colorful loukoumi bites with almonds. 

Halva, a beloved dessert in Greek cuisine, is a confection made from ground sesame seeds, sweetened with honey or sugar, and often flavored with nuts or spices such as cinnamon. Its dense, crumbly texture and nutty, not too sweet flavor make it a delightful treat to enjoy alongside a cup of coffee or as a satisfying dessert after a meal.

Sour cherry preserve, known as “vissino glyko” in Greek, is a traditional sweet preserve made from ripe sour cherries cooked with sugar until thick and syrupy. Bursting with the natural tartness and sweetness of sour cherries, this vibrant preserve adds a burst of fruity flavor to desserts, breakfast spreads, and even savory dishes.

Loukoumi, is a confection made from starch and sugar, flavored with rosewater or other essences, and often coated in powdered sugar or chopped nuts. Soft, chewy, and delicately scented, loukoumi comes in a variety of flavors, including rose, lemon, and pistachio. It’s a classic treat enjoyed throughout Greece and the wider Mediterranean region, often served alongside coffee or as a sweet indulgence during festive occasions.

As mentioned, these delectable treats are meant to be enjoyed with coffee or as a dessert.  So at Cinque we decided to complement this holy trinity of greek confectionery with our selection of 3 different premium, professional espresso blends. Let in the robust flavors of an intense 100% Arabica blend sourced from Central and South America, boasting rich notes of chocolate and caramel with a velvety smooth finish. Savor a velvety blend of Arabica and Robusta beans from Guatemala, delivering an elegant bitterness with hints of toasted cereal. Lastly, a more delicate extraction of 100% Arabica blend from Brazil that offers a fruity sweetness that also pairs harmoniously with the subtle flavors of our loukoumi bites. 

At Cinque Wine & Deli, we’re passionate about celebrating the rich tapestry of Greek gastronomy and sharing it with friends from around the globe. There’s always more to discover with us, and we’re very happy to guide you through our Cinque Selections in person, tell you more about our curated collection of greek deli and share our knowledge.

Of course, we’d be elated to guide you through our curated selection of greek delicacies in person. After all,  Cinque Wine & Deli is all about creating connections over a glass of good greek wine, discussing the sensory extravagaza over rows of glasses ready for wine flights and answering your questions with our expertise and experience!

Visit us today and let us whisk you away on a gastronomic adventure through the treasures of Greece. Cheers to good food, good company, and unforgettable memories! Yamas!

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