Sweet tooth tales
1907. Panagis Kappatos transferred milk from Dilinata to Argostoli. 3 years later, “Voskopoula” opened its gates as the first pastry shop in Kefalonia. Today, the fourth generation of the family, faithful to pure raw materials, continues to offer traditional local sweets.
It was in 1907 when Panagis Kappatos transferred milk from Dilinata to Argostoli, and it was the year 1910 when “Voskopoula” opened its gates as the first pastry shop in Kefalonia. Today, the fourth generation of the family, faithful to pure raw materials, continues to offer traditional local sweets, whereas the new artistic packaging with figures from the Italian Commedia dell’ Arte proves their constant effort for improvement. Raised in the island, the youngest members of the Kappatos family consider their homeland as a paradise on earth, but they miss its Eptanisian character which was stronger in the past.
We spoke with Dionisis Kappatos, to get the insider’s look about the rich history of Voskopoula and also to discuss about the popularity of the tradional Kefalonian sweets in the foreign visitors’ hearts.
OWNER OF VOSKOPOULA
1) Tell us a few things about the story of your business and how you decided to employ yourself with bakery
Our story starts in 1907, when the first generation of our family, having as its head Panagis Kappatos, starts purchasing the surplus milk of the households, moving it in special vessels from Dilianata, the place the family lived, to Argostoli. In 1910, and having a permanent seat in Argostoli, the Kappatos family establishes the first bakery in Kefalonia, “Voskopoula” (Shepherdess). Starting as a dairy shop, the business grows and establish itself in the heart of the town, expanding its creations and including the traditional sweets of our homeland. During the years, we stayed focused and with determination in our goals, so we are the 4th generation. We have specialized the production to creating quality traditional sweets, while we try to keep alive and to carry on to the next generations the gastronomic history of our island…
We are proud to be the ambassadors of the gastronomic history of our Kefalonia. My occupation with the family business is based on my love for it, a love which was obviously influenced directly by the images I had through all the years of my adulthood in the venues of our business, and of course there are subsistence reasons.
2) In which way do Greek products satisfy the international market?
In our days, Greek products have their place in the international market, since in their majority they are of great quality and they come with packages of impressive aesthetics, while the production standards are austere and fully harmonized with the international standards, thus securing their competitiveness in a very difficult environment. There have been great steps of progress, since a few years ago the reference of pushing Greek products to the international market would be just a good joke.