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Host: Teona

Tbilisi, Georgia

USD
$32-$78 per person

Traditional Georgian meal and cooking class in Tbilisi

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

Meet Teona

Teo is a medical university student and the oldest of six 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!"

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 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 lobio (a traditional Georgian bean medley), a fresh tomato and cucumber salad, chakhokhbili (stewed chicken with fresh herbs), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and sulguni and imereti (Georgian cheese). 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: English

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
  • Lobio
  • Traditional sweets and dried fruits

Traveler reviews

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!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Maria

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Teona

$32-$78 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
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 six 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!"

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 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 lobio (a traditional Georgian bean medley), a fresh tomato and cucumber salad, chakhokhbili (stewed chicken with fresh herbs), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and sulguni and imereti (Georgian cheese). 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: English

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
  • Lobio
  • Traditional sweets and dried fruits

Traveler reviews

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!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Maria

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
FAQ

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    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

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