Sail away to the Mediterranean

The Mayo Clinic says "a Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating, plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine, among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Most healthy diets include fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats."

Head chef Dimitrios Leremias lets his wife Mihaella manage the front of the inn-the reception, dining and bar areas-while he fusses over the kitchen staff. The Leremias' two young daughters have also helped in the inn.

It's no wonder the Fair Haven Inn kitchen staff has been dubbed "the poets of fish". The inn excels in seafood dishes and much of it is prepared in the Greek-Mediterranean way-shrimp a la Greco, salmon exohito, and tsipura are special dishes prepared by Dimitrios; they are worth a long and lingering taste. But even if you prefer turf over surf, there's something that will delight your palette at the Fair Haven Inn.

Dimitrios was born to cook-at age 15 he went to sea aboard Greek passenger liners. There he learned the art of cooking and received his chef's license issued by the Greek government.

While a maritime chef, Dimitrios crisscrossed the world's oceans aboard the luxurious "Pride of Greece", the S.S. Olympia and other Greek Line steamers. Later, when he wearied of ocean crossings, he befriended former Fair Haven Inn owner John Lemnotis. He married, moved to the United States, and later purchased the inn, in 2006, from his friend Lemnotis who still lives in the area. Continuing Lemnotis' tradition at the inn, the Leremias family offer custom catering services, they arrange weddings large or small, set up banquets and host various seminars.

This month, the Fair Haven Inn will celebrate Eastern Orthodox Eastern on Sunday, April 19, noon-4 p.m., with a giant spread of all kinds of Mediterranean delights including Greek pastries to die for. You don't have to be Greek to enjoy this celebration. It's an ideal time to visit the inn and experience the magnificence of Rutland County's best-kept secret . You never know-you may rub elbows with a celebrity or two.

Check It Out: The Fair Haven Inn Restaurant, 5 Adams St., Fair Haven, Vt. Owners Dimitrios and Mihaella Leremias, 265-4907 or 800-325-7074.

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