An Evening with Chef Maria Loi and Dr. Stefanos Kales

Join us for an evening with Chef Maria Loi, Greek food ambassador, restaurateur, author, healthy lifestyle expert, and Dr. Stefanos Kales, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where they will discuss the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle as featured in Chef Loi’s book The Greek Diet.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos charities.

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
Location: St. Demetrios Orthodox Church, 57 Brown Street, Weston, MA
Event Admission Donation: $65

At 6pm there will be a reception featuring a wine tasting and boutiques, followed by a presentation and book signing at 7:30pm.

For inquiries about the event please contact Theresa Nibi at theresanibi@gmail.com or (617) 519-5010. Tickets and Event Sponsorships may be purchased online at the event's EventBrite page or download the Sponsorship and Registration Form. Learn a little bit more about our special guests.

Chef Maira Loi


Chef Maria Loi’s warmth and huge smile are your first welcome. Her table’s colorful bounty is fresh, festive, healthful and reminiscent of her days growing up along the seaside in Greece. When Chef Loi chooses ingredients and creates recipes, she considers the ancient grains and flavors that continue to flourish millennia later. This is an area of expertise; her book on ancient Greek dining was the only official cookbook of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. These ingredients, as respected as the great Greek minds of Plato, Socrates and Hippocrates, are the pillars of a healthy, tasty Mediterranean diet: olive oil, Greek yogurt, grains, beans and freshly picked greens. Chef Loi’s food is about truth in flavor. Hers is a philosophy derived from the warm, scented Greek air and the sounds of loved ones around the table.

Her mischievous grin, sparkling eyes, and culinary prowess have made Chef Loi a food superstar; she is a popular television chef in Greece and author numerous cookbooks and articles. She shares her expertise and knowledge with American audiences and is the author of the 2014 publication of The Greek Diet a guide to weight-loss and the health benefits of the Greek Diet. She quickly earned a reputation as the U.S. leader in authentic Greek cuisine and ingredients: In March 2012, she was invited to cook for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and 250 honored guests at the White House. She owns an exquisite gourmet restaurant in idyllic Nafpaktos and and brought her unique approach to the heart of Manhattan with her flagship restaurant Loi Estiatorio in 2015.

Chef Loi is deeply involved in Greek and American causes that care for children in need. She is a founder of Elpida, the Greek word meaning “hope”, a foundation to support children with cancer. She oversees a fund that grants university scholarships to underprivileged students. Chef Loi also works closely with The Center for Discovery and their Department of Nourishment Arts as a DaVinci Master Chef. In June of 2015, Chef Loi received the prestigious Women’s Award from the Women Together Foundation at the United Nations, honoring her for the philanthropic accomplishments over the years, focusing on her time since moving to the United States. In May of 2016, Chef Loi received the Leadership Award from Save Latin America Inc. for her work empowering women across multiple fields. Chef Loi was inducted in September 2016 into the New York Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the pre- eminent global women’s organization in the areas of food, wine, and hospitality.

Ultimately, her mission in life is simple, subscribing to the Loi motto – tasty, healthy, easy – Chef Loi wants to change the world - one healthy, Greek bite at a time.

Stefanos N. Kales, MD

Dr. Kales is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Professor & Director of the Occupational Medicine Residency at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). He is co-director and co-founder of the Initiative for Productivity and Health Management, which organized and hosted the groundbreaking 2014 Mediterranean Diet and Workplace Health Conference and he was the Scientific Chair of the landmark 2017 Mediterranean Diet & Health Conference in Greece. Dr. Kales is also the Chief of Occupational & Environmental Medicine/Medical Director for Employee Health at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard-affiliated hospital system.

Dr. Kales grew up around traditional Greek foods prepared by his beloved grandmother in the family kitchen and expanded these formative experiences through extensive travels in Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy. As a health educator, he seeks to lead by example; following a Mediterranean diet, practicing regular physical fitness and good sleep hygiene. Based on his combined medical and public health training, his research and clinical practice, he is convinced that lifestyle measures like Mediterranean nutrition are the most accessible, effective and valuable means of chronic disease prevention and control. Dr. Kales’ ultimate goal is to use innovative approaches to disseminate healthy Mediterranean eating in schools, workplaces and hospitals. He is working on expanding the “Survival Mediterranean Style” initiative to law enforcement and other professions. For example, as a scientific member of the “Healthy Company” committee at SEAT, the Spanish automobile producer, he is collaborating on a Mediterranean diet intervention at one of SEAT’s Barcelona plants.