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Amy Pappas Loli Says ‘Yiayia’ Inspired Her Greek Food Catering Business

She’s a dental hygienist but it’s cooking Greek food in her catering business Amalia Culinary Art in St. Louis that Amy Pappas Loli is drawn to, opening it when she was furloughed from her job and turned to remembering what her grandmother cooked.

She used her Yiayia’s recipes from the Pindus Mountain region in Northern Greece, delivering first to friends and neighbors, said the site Feast.

“I have been drawn to cooking since I was a little girl, always sneaking into the kitchen on Saturday mornings to watch my Yiayia bake bread and make her pitas. This loving space provided warmth and comfort. From a very young age, I learned the true meaning of family and tradition,” she said.

She’s still making those same classic dishes: rizogalo, keftedes,  dolmades, and one of her favorites, tomato crostini with whipped feta, a party treat.

She’s gotten rave reviews and lots of business and focuses on private events and dinners. “People trust me enough to enter their space,” she said.

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