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Host: Mzia

Tbilisi, Georgia

USD
$40-$54 per person

Cook traditional family recipes from different regions of Georgia

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Mzia

Mzia hosts this experience with her two children, Nanuka and Giorgi. While Mzia will do all the cooking, Nanuka or Giorgi, will be translating. Mzia learned to cook from her mother and grandmother as a child. Her father was a winemaker, and as a result, Mzia’s parents regularly hosted customers who were buying wine. So, she is exposed to entertaining from a young age - sometimes they’d entertain guests five times per day! Mzia is excited to share her culinary secrets, culture and Georgian hospitality with travelers from all over the world. As she enjoys meeting new people and learning about new countries and cultures, while sharing her own.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Mzia lives in a spacious, family home in a residential district, in central Tbilisi. She lived in Moscow for a while and now the family is back home in Tbilisi. Mzia's daughter, Nanuka, is an immigration attorney who loves international travel and her husband, Thomas, is a winemaker, ensuring the tradition is carried on in the family. They will join the experience, whenever they're available.

Join Mzia in the kitchen to learn family recipes and cook dishes from different regions of Georgia. Learn to make 3 dishes from scratch in your 2-hour hands-on cooking class. Learn to make nigvziani badrijani (fried eggplant filled with a walnut paste), lobio (slow-cooked beans) and mchadi (cornbread) or khachapuri (cheese-filled bread). Later sit down with the family at the dining table to share the dishes you helped prepare. Which will be served along with condiments, such as ajika (a spicy red pepper sauce), satsivi (a walnut sauce), tkemali (a plum sauce) and pickled peppers. End your meal with pelamushi, a dessert made with grape juice and corn flour, topped with walnuts.

Languages spoken: English, Russian

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Lemonade
  • Nigvziani Badrijani (fried eggplant filled with a walnut paste) or Pkhali (spinach blended with a walnut paste)
  • Lobio (slow-cooked beans) or Khinkali (a Georgian dumpling)
  • Mchadi (cornbread) or Chvishtari (cornbread with cheese) or Khachapuri (cheese-filled bread)
  • Pelamushi (a dessert made with grape juice and corn flour, topped with walnuts)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

We enjoyed a fabulous feast with Mzia (the cook extraordinaire) as well as her adult children, Giorgi, and Nanuka (who both helped translate). Nanuka’s husband and son joined us for the meal too, making for a fun afternoon. When we arrived at the family’s home, Giorgi offered us glasses of amber wine made by his uncle. The wine was produced in a Georgian earthenware vessel called a qvevri. Giorgi later showed us the family’s pantry, which was filled with homemade pickled / jarred items. They were stored in glass jars, wrapped with twine and snippets of fabric. Seeing this, we could tell that Mzia took cooking seriously! As we prepared the food, Giorgi explained that hospitality has long been an important part of his family’s life. Giorgi also explained that in Georgia guests are “gifts from god,” and that the most important thing to hosts is to hear guests laughing and having a good time during a meal. Mzia showed us how to cook a number of traditional Georgian dishes. We only eat poultry and fish, and one of us is gluten-free, but this didn’t seem to challenge Mzia’s ability to plan a tasty meal. We’d spent a few months in Tbilisi before this experience and had already tried a lot of Georgian dishes. Mzia’s cooking was much spicier and flavorful than the restaurant cooking, and we loved that about her food. Toasting is an important part of Georgian hospitality, and Giorgi did a great job as toastmaster, personalizing toasts throughout the afternoon. Mzia presented the food in a beautiful way, using garnishes like pomegranate seeds and sprigs of cilantro. It also seemed like all the family’s serving dishes had some kind of story. The pretty vintage cutlery, for example, dated back to Soviet times. We ended up having a super time! This was the most flavorful Georgian cuisine we’ve ever eaten! Mzia has a great way of incorporating fresh herbs and spices into her dishes.

Tricia and Shawn, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Tbilisi Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
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Mzia

$40-$54 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $46 $40
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$30 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $46 $40
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$30 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Mzia

Mzia hosts this experience with her two children, Nanuka and Giorgi. While Mzia will do all the cooking, Nanuka or Giorgi, will be translating. Mzia learned to cook from her mother and grandmother as a child. Her father was a winemaker, and as a result, Mzia’s parents regularly hosted customers who were buying wine. So, she is exposed to entertaining from a young age - sometimes they’d entertain guests five times per day! Mzia is excited to share her culinary secrets, culture and Georgian hospitality with travelers from all over the world. As she enjoys meeting new people and learning about new countries and cultures, while sharing her own.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Mzia lives in a spacious, family home in a residential district, in central Tbilisi. She lived in Moscow for a while and now the family is back home in Tbilisi. Mzia's daughter, Nanuka, is an immigration attorney who loves international travel and her husband, Thomas, is a winemaker, ensuring the tradition is carried on in the family. They will join the experience, whenever they're available.

Join Mzia in the kitchen to learn family recipes and cook dishes from different regions of Georgia. Learn to make 3 dishes from scratch in your 2-hour hands-on cooking class. Learn to make nigvziani badrijani (fried eggplant filled with a walnut paste), lobio (slow-cooked beans) and mchadi (cornbread) or khachapuri (cheese-filled bread). Later sit down with the family at the dining table to share the dishes you helped prepare. Which will be served along with condiments, such as ajika (a spicy red pepper sauce), satsivi (a walnut sauce), tkemali (a plum sauce) and pickled peppers. End your meal with pelamushi, a dessert made with grape juice and corn flour, topped with walnuts.

Languages spoken: English, Russian

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Lemonade
  • Nigvziani Badrijani (fried eggplant filled with a walnut paste) or Pkhali (spinach blended with a walnut paste)
  • Lobio (slow-cooked beans) or Khinkali (a Georgian dumpling)
  • Mchadi (cornbread) or Chvishtari (cornbread with cheese) or Khachapuri (cheese-filled bread)
  • Pelamushi (a dessert made with grape juice and corn flour, topped with walnuts)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

We enjoyed a fabulous feast with Mzia (the cook extraordinaire) as well as her adult children, Giorgi, and Nanuka (who both helped translate). Nanuka’s husband and son joined us for the meal too, making for a fun afternoon. When we arrived at the family’s home, Giorgi offered us glasses of amber wine made by his uncle. The wine was produced in a Georgian earthenware vessel called a qvevri. Giorgi later showed us the family’s pantry, which was filled with homemade pickled / jarred items. They were stored in glass jars, wrapped with twine and snippets of fabric. Seeing this, we could tell that Mzia took cooking seriously! As we prepared the food, Giorgi explained that hospitality has long been an important part of his family’s life. Giorgi also explained that in Georgia guests are “gifts from god,” and that the most important thing to hosts is to hear guests laughing and having a good time during a meal. Mzia showed us how to cook a number of traditional Georgian dishes. We only eat poultry and fish, and one of us is gluten-free, but this didn’t seem to challenge Mzia’s ability to plan a tasty meal. We’d spent a few months in Tbilisi before this experience and had already tried a lot of Georgian dishes. Mzia’s cooking was much spicier and flavorful than the restaurant cooking, and we loved that about her food. Toasting is an important part of Georgian hospitality, and Giorgi did a great job as toastmaster, personalizing toasts throughout the afternoon. Mzia presented the food in a beautiful way, using garnishes like pomegranate seeds and sprigs of cilantro. It also seemed like all the family’s serving dishes had some kind of story. The pretty vintage cutlery, for example, dated back to Soviet times. We ended up having a super time! This was the most flavorful Georgian cuisine we’ve ever eaten! Mzia has a great way of incorporating fresh herbs and spices into her dishes.

Tricia and Shawn, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Tbilisi Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $46 $40
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$30 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $46 $40
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$30 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
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