Side Orders: Cooks prepare for annual Greek Bake Sale

In this 2007 staff file photo, Baklava sits on a table at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. / Staff file photo

It's that delicious time of year again, when lovers of baklava and spanikopita ready their tastebuds for the annual Greek Bake Sale.

Sponsored by members of the Ladies of Philoptochos, the philanthropic arm of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, the bake sale has changed a little through the years. When it began in 1960, women of the church worked tirelessly in a tiny kitchen to make pastries. There was only one oven, and it took months for the pastries to be made. Pastries were set up in a booth at Eastgate Mall, which at that time was the only mall in town.

"They were meticulous to detail with everything that they made," says bake sale chairman Thea Ballas.