Shotas experience includes makret visit, cooking experience and in home meal.
Market visit: (1-6 guests) Visiting a local market is always interesting, fun and educative. After you meet Shota at his home he will walk you to one of the oldest, traditional markets in Tbilisi. The place is huge, colorful and has a characteristic smell of old Georgian bazaars. Here you can find any ingredient used in traditional Georgian cooking. Walk through the market with Shota and learn about fresh, seasonal, regional produce, sample a few new ingredients and buy some to take back for your cooking class (only if you have selected a market + cooking + meal experience).
Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) During your cooking class you will learn to cook traditional Megrelian recipes passed down from Shota's grandmother to his family. Sofia and Shota are great teachers, and in your 1 hour hands-on cooking class they will guide you through the entire cooking process, step by step. First you will start by preparing the bahze (a traditional creamy walnut-based sauce), grandma’s secret recipe! Shota and Sofia will explain every step of making bahze. Then put on gloves and help mix spices and squeeze fresh walnut oil from ground walnuts. Next learn to make ghomi, a traditional dish made from coarse cornmeal and a traditional Georgian salad of tomato, cucumber, onion, herbs, and fresh sunflower oil or lobio, a kidney bean stew.
In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Shota's home is in the heart of of Tbilisi's oldest neighbourhoods – Mtatsminda, which overlooks all of Tbilisi. He lives there with his father, mother, sister and grandmother. Hospitality is their business — literally! The family owns and operates a restaurant in Tbilisi and a hotel in the ski resort town of Bakuriani. They are natural hosts, very welcoming and curious. Shota’s father, David has been in the restaurant business since 1996 and his mother, Sofia enjoys home decor and designing - her artistic touch is visible all around the home.
Shota can also offer vegetarian and vegan meals - 3 kinds of different pkhali (a traditional Georgian dish of chopped and minced vegetables) and salads. Please let him know in advance if you'd like this option.
Price does not include :
Transport - 24$ per car (3 person)
Alcohol - 4 $ per person