Taste the Silk Road

For this installation of Salt & Pomegranates, I’m gleaning inspiration from two recent cookbooks: Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus and Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. The cuisines of these regions reflect the diversity of their populations as well as the unity of their ingredients (lamb, pomegranates, saffron, warming spices, bright…

Learn to Make Khachapuri!

On October 9th at 1pm, I’m collaborating with Court Tree Collective to give you an introduction to Georgian Cuisine. Khachapuri is a cheese-filled bread found throughout the Republic of Georgia. Though it takes on many forms, Americans are probably most familiar with Ajaran khachapuri — a boat-shaped yeasted bread, filled with cheese and topped with a runny egg and butter…

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Odessa Recap

The Odessa Dinner was great! We had a cozy group of 10, including Stephen Lipuma from Court Tree Collective. He joined us for dinner and took some photos of the event, as you can see below. I was quite happy with how all the dishes came out, but I have to say that the pièce de résistance was the Russian…

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Ah, Odessa!

On June 12th, Salt & Pomegranates will present a dinner inspired by the Ukrainian city of Odessa. An international port, Odessa has historically attracted a lively mix of international characters from Greece, Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey, among others. The city’s cuisine reflects the population’s diversity in spades. The evening’s menu*, served family-style, will reflect the some of the best of Odessa: crepes…

Valentine’s Day Vareniki

Dumplings, the ultimate comfort food on a cold winter’s night. . . Join me on Valentine’s Day to learn to make vareniki (Ukrainian pierogies) and two luxurious toppings to go with them. In this class, you’ll learn how to make savory vareniki filled with potato and onion, as well as sweet ones filled with sour cherries. I’ll also demonstrate how…

Khachapuri for the Holidays

Temperatures are dropping… warm up with a hearty, cheesy bread bowl. On December 13th, I’m collaborating with Court Tree Collective to give you an introduction to Georgian Cuisine. Khachapuri is a cheese-filled bread found throughout the Republic of Georgia. Though it takes on many forms, Americans are probably most familiar with Ajaran khachapuri — a boat-shaped yeasted bread, filled with cheese…

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Georgian Supra with The Georgian Table

“Every Georgian dish is a poem.” -Alexander Pushkin On August 22nd, I am collaborating with Jenny Holm of The Georgian Table to bring you a feast highlighting the poetic dishes of Georgia. This is the first event I’ll be hosting at Court Tree Collective in Carroll Gardens. August’s installment is a family-style supra, a Georgian Feast. The meal centers around…

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Sunday’s vegetarian feast was a smashing success! While I write up a brief summary, why don’t you check out this article in the Washington Post about the glorious food of Georgia.

 

Back to Brooklyn!

After a delightful micro-feast in my home, I’m holding a bigger feast on March 1st — this time, in Brooklyn. I’ve once again partnered with the great people at 3B: The Downtown Brooklyn Bed & Breakfast to host a feast, highlighting the poetic dishes of the Republic of Georgia. March’s installment is a three-course, family-style vegetarian feast. We start with a…

Happy New Year!

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m relaunching the series with a sort of micro-feast on Sunday, January 25th. I have 4 seats available for a three-course Georgian dinner at my home. I’ll be offering samples of Georgian wine, and we’ll finish off with strong Russian tea. You can purchase your tickets here. I hope to see you there! MENU First…

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