Vivianna Karamanis comes from a food family with Greek roots. She grew up in New Jersey, the daughter of a wholesale seafood distributor and restaurateur who took his family to Greece every summer. Her paternal grandfather ran the local bakaliko (little market) on the Greek island of Chios, and her maternal grandfather was a mastic farmer. She always returned home from her Greek summer vacations with tins of locally produced products. She decided to follow her heart to Athens, and it was then that she began to notice beautifully packaged, high-quality Greek foods. She tracked down some of their local producers, and decided to start a business to bring their unforgettable flavors home to the US.