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Host: Teona

Tbilisi, Georgia

USD
$32-$78 per person

Traditional Georgian meal and cooking class in Tbilisi

Host offerings
  • House
  • In-home meal
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit + Cooking class + Meal
  • Food tour

Meet Teona

Teo is a medical university student and the oldest of seven children. She learned to cook from her mother Tinatin and still uses her grandmother’s recipes. Outside of studying and cooking, Teo teaches skiing, works at a spa and wellness center, and sells her famous wraps and crepes at the Tbilisi flea market. Her activities allow her to meet new people and enable her to constantly learn new things. Teo has a big family - she lives with parents and six siblings. You can usually find Teo in the kitchen preparing a big meal for them. Join Teo and her mother Tinatin in their modest, family home to experience Georgian cuisine - a melting pot of a variety of flavors and new ingredients that you may never have tasted before. You may even get to meet her siblings but if not you will still see their artistic scribbles on the walls!

"I love hosting people from different countries and showing them the best part of my city, which I love very much!"

On days that Teo is not in town, her mother Tinatin will host you.

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.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Teo and her family live in a traditional Georgian two-storey brick home with a decorated metal gate in the Vake neighborhood. After entering the leafy inner courtyard, you will go up one flight of stairs to the main living and kitchen area. There is a breezy balcony looking over the courtyard with views of the green hills behind the house and Mtatsminda Park in the distance. The home was built in 1961 and exudes warmth and love. It is modestly furnished in a traditional style - filled with books, antiques, maps, and artwork created by the family (her younger sister is an artist). Traces of the family history can be seen throughout their home, from photo collages to paintings on the walls.

You will be greeted warmly with smiles from Teo, her mother, and her siblings (if they are around). Teo (or her mother when Teo is not available) will serve a traditional Georgian meal from the Lechkhumi and Samegrelo region where her parents grew up. A few dishes that you may taste at Teo’s dining table are, a fresh tomato and cucumber salad, chakhokhbili (stewed chicken with fresh herbs), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and sulguni and imereti (Georgian cheese) and also best of georgian kitchen- Khinkali(Georgian dumpling). Your meal will conclude with the sweet churchkhela, a traditional candy made by repeatedly dipping a long string of nuts in tatara – a mixture of flour, sugar and badagi (concentrated grape juice).

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Teo offers a hands-on cooking experience - you will get to cook along with her in her kitchen. You will learn to make 2-3 dishes such as lobio (a traditional Georgian medley of beans), chakhokhbili (stewed chicken with fresh herbs) and khachapuri (cheese-filled bread). Teo will share the recipes and preparation method throughout the cooking process so be ready to take a lot of notes! Your class will last about an hour and a half after which you will join Teo at the dining table to share the meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Teo will take you to the local market, a 10-minute drive from her home. If you would like to walk, it will take about 30 minutes and Teo will be happy to guide you through the many interesting lanes en route to the market. This traditional food market is stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, and other groceries. Discover regional produce as Teo gives you a tour of this local market - you may even purchase a few fresh ingredients that you will use in your cooking class.

Notes: If you choose the optional transportation add-on, you will be picked up and dropped off from your Tbilisi hotel.

Languages spoken: Georgian,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.
  • Homemade lemonade (Georgian compote)
  • Khachapuri
  • Chakhokhbili
  • Khinkali
  • Traditional sweets and dried fruits
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Teo and her family are the personification of Georgian hospitality. IT WAS FANTASTIC! I had already tried almost all of the dishes she prepared, but she had her own unique take on them. She sent me home with leftovers! Teo is so warm, welcoming and a true global citizen - open-minded and inquisitive. We talked well beyond our meal and even made plans to walk around the city together. We shared our travel stories and favourite places, books, and music. Her entire family was completely charming and welcoming as well. A special culinary moment was cooking with Teo’s younger siblings (including her 8-year-old brother) who helped prepare almost everything. Stirring over the stove, poking air holes in the khachapuri, and sharing the meal together was very special. Family is the most important thing in Georgian culture, and guests are considered a gift from God. They really made me feel part of the family — and already invited me back!

Maria, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

Best cooking class EVER!!! I've just come back from shopping buying walnuts. Why? Because I want to make this tasty & easy Georgian dip which I was introduced to by a very lovely lady during my stay in Tbilisi.I am making this dip for the second time now because friends & guests LOVE it ! It was taught to me while attending a cooking class. I was very reluctant to taste it at first because I am not crazy about anything with nuts.The nice Georgian lady ( Tina ) however convinced me otherwise...... She said that I "MUST " taste it seeing that it is a special,old Georgian recipe. The course was originally supposed to have been given by Tina's daughter , Teona ...however she was not available that day. One of the first things that we did was shopping at some near by local markets.Before we left we studied some recipes to decide what to cook.We decided on 2 chicken dishes made in typical Georgian fashion which were both delicious ! Whilst shopping Tina treated me like a family friend & even introduced me by name . Shopping is done differently there and one can still do shopping like in earlier times where one goes through the markets taking their time & examining the chickens very closely. I still do not know how they find out if a chicken is fresh or not but Tina certainly knows ! When we returned home we recuperated with a nice glass of homemade red wine made by Tina's husband. It is not surprising since Georgia is known for really good wine. . I loved it. We started cooking. I was cutting all kinds of vegetables, onions and garlic. Tina was preparing the chicken telling me in between how it has to be done. I had to do that with supervision .... think I did it right. We were a good team! The result was excellent and it tasted delicious !After finishing eating I was about to help clear the table. That is when Tina stopped me and said : " Just enjoy the moment and leave it there.... Let's chat !,.. We can clear the table later." And that is what we did! I learned a lot about the early and late history of Georgia since I could talk to a very highly educated friend. Yes,now I would say that because I truly felt like being part of the family. Instead of leaving at 13:00 I left at 16:00 ! That should tell you everything! I tried the chicken dishes back home... they tasted good but not as good as Tina's ! I will try it again. At the end ,Tina said that I had to try that walnut dip. " This is what we Georgians always have in the fridge. Believe me it tastes good! " So I accepted ... and I am glad that I did.... this dip is sensational! It tastes good with a piece of bread or with a piece of vegetable or as a side of a normal dish . You can combine it with everything! I am so glad that I had it and learned how to make it .... it takes only a couple a minutes . It is heavenly... but you really have to know how to make it. And there is only Tina who will tell you, NOT ME! To everyone who enjoys great Georgian cuisine...THIS is the course I would recommend ! I would certainly do this again in a heart beat. Not just because Georgian food is so rich and diverse, but because I would love to meet up with a friend again, Thank you / მადლობა Tina! Thomas
- Thomas August 29, 2019

If you are looking for an authentic georgian cooking class, here's were you'll find it! Tina and her family were warmly welcoming us into their home. The day started with a tour to the big market, which was an experience on its own. We were strolling around the market with all the beautiful fruits and veggies, interacting with the locals and even try the food we would later use for our meals. Spontaneusly we then went to Tina's holiday home where we learned to cook several georgian dishes: Chakhopili, Shkmeruli, Ghomi, Lobio, Chadi, Corn and different Khachapuris. The meals turned out very well and it was delicious together with the their own house wine. My boyfriend and I enjoyed the whole experience and had a lot of fun. We would definitely do it again, if we come back to Georgia one day and can recommend it to anyone else!
- Nelly July 31, 2019

Teo and her mom were amazing hostesses! I felt like I was walking into a dear friend's home when I arrived. I enjoyed a little snack of bread and cheese while Teo and I got acquainted with each other and she finished a little prep. We made a few traditional dishes together, all while discussing culture and sharing personal experiences. In the end, I realized so many of my favorite Georgian dishes are actually not as difficult to make as I had imagined. I will certainly take what I learned with me to recreate in my own kitchen. Best of all, you will leave Teo's home truly feeling like part of the family!
- Kanani

We learned how to cook delicious local food, but also met a delightful, warm woman who was open and sharing in her home and her thoughts. We're so glad we've found The Traveling Spoon.
- Six Scotts August 28, 2018

Even though Teo wasn’t there for our visit, her mother Tina took really good care of us. Highly recommended!!
- Jessica August 16, 2018

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Teona

$32-$78 USD

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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
In-Home Meal
$58 $40 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $70 $60
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$30 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $40 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $70 $60
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$30 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Teona

Teo is a medical university student and the oldest of seven children. She learned to cook from her mother Tinatin and still uses her grandmother’s recipes. Outside of studying and cooking, Teo teaches skiing, works at a spa and wellness center, and sells her famous wraps and crepes at the Tbilisi flea market. Her activities allow her to meet new people and enable her to constantly learn new things. Teo has a big family - she lives with parents and six siblings. You can usually find Teo in the kitchen preparing a big meal for them. Join Teo and her mother Tinatin in their modest, family home to experience Georgian cuisine - a melting pot of a variety of flavors and new ingredients that you may never have tasted before. You may even get to meet her siblings but if not you will still see their artistic scribbles on the walls!

"I love hosting people from different countries and showing them the best part of my city, which I love very much!"

On days that Teo is not in town, her mother Tinatin will host you.

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.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Teo and her family live in a traditional Georgian two-storey brick home with a decorated metal gate in the Vake neighborhood. After entering the leafy inner courtyard, you will go up one flight of stairs to the main living and kitchen area. There is a breezy balcony looking over the courtyard with views of the green hills behind the house and Mtatsminda Park in the distance. The home was built in 1961 and exudes warmth and love. It is modestly furnished in a traditional style - filled with books, antiques, maps, and artwork created by the family (her younger sister is an artist). Traces of the family history can be seen throughout their home, from photo collages to paintings on the walls.

You will be greeted warmly with smiles from Teo, her mother, and her siblings (if they are around). Teo (or her mother when Teo is not available) will serve a traditional Georgian meal from the Lechkhumi and Samegrelo region where her parents grew up. A few dishes that you may taste at Teo’s dining table are, a fresh tomato and cucumber salad, chakhokhbili (stewed chicken with fresh herbs), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and sulguni and imereti (Georgian cheese) and also best of georgian kitchen- Khinkali(Georgian dumpling). Your meal will conclude with the sweet churchkhela, a traditional candy made by repeatedly dipping a long string of nuts in tatara – a mixture of flour, sugar and badagi (concentrated grape juice).

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Teo offers a hands-on cooking experience - you will get to cook along with her in her kitchen. You will learn to make 2-3 dishes such as lobio (a traditional Georgian medley of beans), chakhokhbili (stewed chicken with fresh herbs) and khachapuri (cheese-filled bread). Teo will share the recipes and preparation method throughout the cooking process so be ready to take a lot of notes! Your class will last about an hour and a half after which you will join Teo at the dining table to share the meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Teo will take you to the local market, a 10-minute drive from her home. If you would like to walk, it will take about 30 minutes and Teo will be happy to guide you through the many interesting lanes en route to the market. This traditional food market is stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, and other groceries. Discover regional produce as Teo gives you a tour of this local market - you may even purchase a few fresh ingredients that you will use in your cooking class.

Notes: If you choose the optional transportation add-on, you will be picked up and dropped off from your Tbilisi hotel.

Languages spoken: Georgian,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.
  • Homemade lemonade (Georgian compote)
  • Khachapuri
  • Chakhokhbili
  • Khinkali
  • Traditional sweets and dried fruits
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Teo and her family are the personification of Georgian hospitality. IT WAS FANTASTIC! I had already tried almost all of the dishes she prepared, but she had her own unique take on them. She sent me home with leftovers! Teo is so warm, welcoming and a true global citizen - open-minded and inquisitive. We talked well beyond our meal and even made plans to walk around the city together. We shared our travel stories and favourite places, books, and music. Her entire family was completely charming and welcoming as well. A special culinary moment was cooking with Teo’s younger siblings (including her 8-year-old brother) who helped prepare almost everything. Stirring over the stove, poking air holes in the khachapuri, and sharing the meal together was very special. Family is the most important thing in Georgian culture, and guests are considered a gift from God. They really made me feel part of the family — and already invited me back!

Maria, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

Best cooking class EVER!!! I've just come back from shopping buying walnuts. Why? Because I want to make this tasty & easy Georgian dip which I was introduced to by a very lovely lady during my stay in Tbilisi.I am making this dip for the second time now because friends & guests LOVE it ! It was taught to me while attending a cooking class. I was very reluctant to taste it at first because I am not crazy about anything with nuts.The nice Georgian lady ( Tina ) however convinced me otherwise...... She said that I "MUST " taste it seeing that it is a special,old Georgian recipe. The course was originally supposed to have been given by Tina's daughter , Teona ...however she was not available that day. One of the first things that we did was shopping at some near by local markets.Before we left we studied some recipes to decide what to cook.We decided on 2 chicken dishes made in typical Georgian fashion which were both delicious ! Whilst shopping Tina treated me like a family friend & even introduced me by name . Shopping is done differently there and one can still do shopping like in earlier times where one goes through the markets taking their time & examining the chickens very closely. I still do not know how they find out if a chicken is fresh or not but Tina certainly knows ! When we returned home we recuperated with a nice glass of homemade red wine made by Tina's husband. It is not surprising since Georgia is known for really good wine. . I loved it. We started cooking. I was cutting all kinds of vegetables, onions and garlic. Tina was preparing the chicken telling me in between how it has to be done. I had to do that with supervision .... think I did it right. We were a good team! The result was excellent and it tasted delicious !After finishing eating I was about to help clear the table. That is when Tina stopped me and said : " Just enjoy the moment and leave it there.... Let's chat !,.. We can clear the table later." And that is what we did! I learned a lot about the early and late history of Georgia since I could talk to a very highly educated friend. Yes,now I would say that because I truly felt like being part of the family. Instead of leaving at 13:00 I left at 16:00 ! That should tell you everything! I tried the chicken dishes back home... they tasted good but not as good as Tina's ! I will try it again. At the end ,Tina said that I had to try that walnut dip. " This is what we Georgians always have in the fridge. Believe me it tastes good! " So I accepted ... and I am glad that I did.... this dip is sensational! It tastes good with a piece of bread or with a piece of vegetable or as a side of a normal dish . You can combine it with everything! I am so glad that I had it and learned how to make it .... it takes only a couple a minutes . It is heavenly... but you really have to know how to make it. And there is only Tina who will tell you, NOT ME! To everyone who enjoys great Georgian cuisine...THIS is the course I would recommend ! I would certainly do this again in a heart beat. Not just because Georgian food is so rich and diverse, but because I would love to meet up with a friend again, Thank you / მადლობა Tina! Thomas
- Thomas August 29, 2019

If you are looking for an authentic georgian cooking class, here's were you'll find it! Tina and her family were warmly welcoming us into their home. The day started with a tour to the big market, which was an experience on its own. We were strolling around the market with all the beautiful fruits and veggies, interacting with the locals and even try the food we would later use for our meals. Spontaneusly we then went to Tina's holiday home where we learned to cook several georgian dishes: Chakhopili, Shkmeruli, Ghomi, Lobio, Chadi, Corn and different Khachapuris. The meals turned out very well and it was delicious together with the their own house wine. My boyfriend and I enjoyed the whole experience and had a lot of fun. We would definitely do it again, if we come back to Georgia one day and can recommend it to anyone else!
- Nelly July 31, 2019

Teo and her mom were amazing hostesses! I felt like I was walking into a dear friend's home when I arrived. I enjoyed a little snack of bread and cheese while Teo and I got acquainted with each other and she finished a little prep. We made a few traditional dishes together, all while discussing culture and sharing personal experiences. In the end, I realized so many of my favorite Georgian dishes are actually not as difficult to make as I had imagined. I will certainly take what I learned with me to recreate in my own kitchen. Best of all, you will leave Teo's home truly feeling like part of the family!
- Kanani

We learned how to cook delicious local food, but also met a delightful, warm woman who was open and sharing in her home and her thoughts. We're so glad we've found The Traveling Spoon.
- Six Scotts August 28, 2018

Even though Teo wasn’t there for our visit, her mother Tina took really good care of us. Highly recommended!!
- Jessica August 16, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $40 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $70 $60
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$30 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $40 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $70 $60
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$30 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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