Ari is a true connoisseur, a visionary chef and nothing short of an artist in the kitchen. There is nothing he creates that is not entirely mouth-watering. He always pushes the bar and sets the highest standard for the culinary scene in Greece. We absolutely love both his Athenian restaurants Vezene & Birdman Pub and appreciate not only the food but the amazing energy they have. We are always eager to see what he will do next. We'll be the first ones there that's for sure!
Here's what Ari's been up to:1. NEW HOBBY OR PAST TIME?
Daily strolls at Zappeio gardens with my 3-year-old son
2. WHAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
Hugging and kissing people I care about
3. FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD
OmuRice – A Japanese omelet with fried rice from yesterdays left overs.
4. CURRENTLY READING?
The Invention of the Restaurant by Rebecca L. Spang
5. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR NEWS FROM?
kathimerini.gr , eater.com, nytimes.com
6. VIRTUAL GYM APP?
Zappeio Gardens run...no app
7. ONE GOOD THING THAT HAS COME OF THIS PANDEMIC?
Spending time with my family and connecting with friends much more frequently…no phone calls, facetime only.
8. FINISH THIS SENTENCE “I FEEL POSITIVE THAT WHEN THIS SITUATION IS OVER _____” Individualism and Greediness will cease to exist. We will finally start realizing the every minute matters and we should not only cherish it but become a better person as our actions affect others.
9. BIGGEST FEAR ABOUT LIFE AFTER CORONA?
More evolved Coronas to follow but I am very optimistic that we will not be caught off guard. I believe will be more prepared and adaptive.
10. VIRTUAL HANG OUT APP?
11. FIRST THING I WILL DO WHEN I “GET OUT”
12. HOW DO YOU THINK CORONA WILL AFFECT YOUR INDUSTRY IN THE LONG RUN?
Interesting and challenging, maybe more private. People will redefine how they envision their culinary experience. I am curious to see whether sushi masters will fold nigiri with gloves.
13. CURRENTLY WATCHING (MOVIE OR SERIES)
Reruns of Between 2 Ferns
14. FINISH THIS SENTENCE “I FINALLY FOUND TIME TO GET AROUND TO DOING _____”
Putting my son to sleep while reading him Elmer the Elephant
15. WHERE ARE YOU SPENDING THE QUARANTINE & WITH WHOM?
Central Athens, right by Zapeio Gardens, with my wife Sonia and our son Dionisi.