Maria Bell
  • 60, Female
  • Radcliff KY
  • United States
  • GyrosExpress
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Personal Chefs
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Maria Bell Mar 10, 2009.

Valentine's Day

Started Feb 12, 2009

Packing home made sauces
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Maria Bell Mar 24, 2009.


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Chef, Owner
What best describes my company
Dating, Discovering new food, Discovering new wines, Making Friends, Networking, Franchising, Finding Investors, Deals, Gaining Knowledge
Personal Quote
Don't trust noone when it comes to your emotions.
I came from Greece in 1997. I opened my Greek restaurant in 2000. I teach Greek cooking classes, I cook the best Greek food, I am a self starter very successful woman and I am divorced, and happy.
Years in the Industry

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At 12:24pm on May 22, 2009, Tony said…
Hi, I noticed that you own a restaurant. Would you be interested in creating a FREE restaurant profile on
At 7:59pm on March 13, 2009, Rick Greene said…

Hello Maria,
I would like to personally invite you to my!! Its a place where you can advertise your business, promote your special events & invite your customers there to blog about food related events. You customers will also be able to exchange recipes, join groups and interact with other food customers from around the world!! It's a different concept, but I think that's the draw. I am very excited about the future of this site. My company (Goins Enterprises) is currently launching a national campaign to promote this website. We feel that as we are promoting nationally, our members should promote to their own customers. I think that this site will give "Ellen Giminski" of Denver, the opportunity to experience your establishment & browse your menu and pictures. This will entice Mrs. Giminski to visit your establishment during her next trip.

We have also designated a place on the Home Page where we will doing "Close Ups" on Restaurants, Chefs & Special Events. Please stop by and take a look. I would love to create a page on our site representing your establishment. All I would need is an email address and a current web address (for pictures and Content). Please contact me with any comments or constructive criticisms.

Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you

Rick Greene
240.691.2068 Link Email
At 8:33am on February 11, 2009, Sarah said…
Hi Maria, I am not in the areas you mention but I have readers of my blog who are. To confirm, are the items you mention without eggs, meat, and fish? If so I will list them on my blog....
At 4:35am on February 10, 2009, Maria Bell said…
Does any one know who to call about packaging?
I have two sauces I want to market and I need help.
Please, let me know.
At 6:08pm on February 9, 2009, Sarah said…
Hi Maria, Could you provide information at what your restaurant serves for vegetarians at my blog? We are interested in anything that you have without eggs, meat, or fish. Dairy products are fine, I eat that....thanks!
At 7:31pm on September 9, 2008, Michael L. Atkinson said…
Hi, so please share some photos from your Ouzo and wine meza event.

At 8:23am on August 26, 2008, Michael L. Atkinson said…
Hi Maria,

With your many years of experience, I am certain other FohBoh members would welcome your advice in managing employee relations, training and motivating. Employee retention is a $22 billion a year problem and I would bet you have some expertise in this area. FohBoh is about sharing, connecting and collaborating online. Your friends in Greece add even more flair, color and a perspective that would also be very welcome. We are an international community of passionate restaurant professionals, vendors, service providers providers, even foodies. Please share FohBoh with your industry friends and visit often.

All the best,

At 10:52pm on August 25, 2008, christos manousidis said…
Μαρία, χαίρομαι που η Ελληνική φλόγα δεν σβήνει ποτέ!
Η ζωή εδώ δεν είναι εύκολη και όσο πάει και δυσκολεύει αλλά έχουμε συνηθίσει να παραπονιόμαστε χωρίς να αλλάζουμε τίποτα. Η Ελλάδα είναι παράδεισος αλλά τρώει τα παιδιά της. Είμαι ευτιχισμένος που ζω εδώ και σίγουρα δεν θα μπορούσα αλλού να έχω το "δεν βαριέσαι βρε αδερφέ" που έχουμε εδώ αλλά τα οικονομικά δεδομένα όσο πάνε και γίνονται χειρότερα. Έτσι είναι η Ελλάδα, όποιος θέλει και μπορεί ας την αντέξει. Εσείς πως τα πάτε εκεί? Το μετανοιώσατε ή είναι καλά?
At 9:32am on August 25, 2008, Chef John Hughes said…
Maria Bell;

Restaurant or celebrity chef? That's an interesting question, as I have not thought that much about it.

My reasons for deciding to sell the restaurant were as follows:
1) My knees and shoulder had both been rebuilt and I felt that my body was taking a toll being on my feet all day long.
2) Our kids are now grown and my wife and I decided it was time for "US".
3) We love to travel and the restaurant business held us in one place for much of the year.

My basic reasons for starting
1) I still LOVE to cook, always have - probably always will.
2) I love to teach people about food and how to cook.
3) It keeps my knive skills plished.
4) It keeps me into the food scene as much as possible.
5) It provides me with something to do which I love.

So, Maria Bell, my suggestion to you would be to do what is best for you. Do what your heart tells you to do. I loved the restaurant business but it is an exhausting, demanding business to do well.

Cooking demonstrations are fun and exciting and can pay well, but do you want to be doing that all the time either - for me the answer is 'NO" - so I only do a few per month.

I really enjoy food writing and hope to improve my skills on that front and do some of that as well.

Maria Bell, please keep in touch and let me know what you are doing.

Remember what Julia Child said : " Life itself is the proper binge."

All the best!

Chef John
At 5:04am on August 25, 2008, Harry Constantinescu said…
Maria, thank you for your comment on my video. I don't think that the Greek wine is more expensive than the Californian wine. Au contraire. One can have a great bottle of Greek wine for under $60, but the same money in a restaurant does not bring him the same quality for an American wine. On the other hand, the soil and climate in Greece is so much different than the one in California, and the wines are a true reflection of the soil. Many of the noble grape varietals are direct descendents from Greek indigenuous varietals. In islands like Santorini, the grapes can ripe at very high sugar levels while having a very high acidity, whereas in California, the more sugar you have, the lower the acidity (because of the climate), and all this without mentioning the volcanic soil, that brings the minerality in to the wine.However, the taste is subjective.




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