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Host: Nino and Lia

Tbilisi, Georgia

USD
$40-$86 per person

Learn to cook and experience authentic Georgian cuisine with a local family

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

Meet Nino and Lia

Nino learned to cook from her mother, Lia and is very knowledgeable about the origin and ingredients of Georgian food and its culture and history. Lia is a trained engineer but began cooking in the 90s when jobs were scarce. She cooked food in their home and then sold it at stalls around Saburtalo. She also catered for events and could cook food for 100 people in two days! She enjoys baking and for Easter, she baked more than 120 traditional paska’s (sweet bread), bite-sized khachapuri’s (cheese-filled bread) and lobiani’s (bean-filled bread). Nino grew up watching her mother cook and is well on her way to following in her footsteps. Lia is clearly a master of Georgian cuisine and has taught her daughter Nino well!

“I love meeting new people and sharing experiences, but mainly I am crazy about sharing my love for food, giving out advice on where and what to try.” - Nino

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: (1-4 guests) Nino and her mother Lia live in an old high-rise building in the Soviet-era, in a modest apartment full of vintage family heirlooms, photos and vintage china and glassware. Their home is less than a 10 minute walk from the Technical University Metro. Lia has a small garden on the balcony and you will notice how the window sills are beautifully decorated with African violets that Lia grows from seeds. Lia is from Kutaisi in the Imereti region, so most of her cuisine is Imeruli and she also cooks Megrelian style dishes. At the dining table you will be served traditional, homemade Georgian dishes using recipes that have been perfected over the years by Lia. You might enjoy dishes like mchadi (Georgian cornbread), bazhe (walnut sauce), tkemali (sour plum sauce), sulguni cheese rolls with mint, khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and lobio (a traditional Georgian dish of various kinds of prepared beans, containing coriander, walnuts, garlic and onion).

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) You will join Nino and Lia in their small kitchen for a 1-2 hour hands-on cooking class. You will learn to make gebzhalia (a softened cheese dish in a mint and cream sauce from Georgia’s Samegrelo region), pkhali (a traditional Georgian dish of chopped and minced vegetables) and mchadi (Georgian-style cornbread). As the kitchen is small, you will use the dining area for most of the prep work and will join Nino and Lia in the kitchen only for the final cooking.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) After you meet Nino at home she will accompany you to a local farmers market, which is 15 minutes by subway. There you will learn more about local ingredients used in Georgian cuisine and might buy a few vegetables for your cooking class.

Notes: Nino and Lia can offer vegetarian meals on request. Please note their home is on the 4th floor and the building has a free elevator, however you need to take the elevator to the 5th floor and walk down one floor to get to the 4th floor. The market tour option is only available on weekends.

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.
  • Welcome Drink: Homemade fruit lemonade (called compote in Georgia)
  • Appetizer: Sulguni cheese rolls with mint
  • Salad: Traditional Georgian style tomato and cucumber salad with walnut paste
  • Main: Pkhali, a traditional Georgian dish of chopped and minced vegetables) and Kharcho, meat in creamy walnut sauce
  • Dessert: Pelamushi, Georgian dessert porridge made with pressed, condensed grape juice

Traveler reviews

It was great!! Nino and Lia were amazing hosts and the food was unbelievable. We loved that Lia was verrry picky at the market - every ingredient had to be perfect. and that´s how the dishes were in the end! The atmosphere was very personal an we good long talks!
- Max and Sylvana September 01, 2018

Nino and her mom were so friendly and lovely 😍😍 They were willing to cater to our vegetarian needs and taught us how to make delicious Georgian vegetarian food 🍲 😋 Nino even became our translator and helped us find my lost mobile phone. She was so kind and helpful. She was very eager to tell us about different Georgian cultures and cusinies. We can feel her passion for cooking and food. 😁😁 We love her and her mom💕💕 highly recommend them to everyone who wishes to have an amazing cooking experience in Georgia 🇬🇪!!!
- Cherry September 02, 2018

Phenomenal!! I had a great time with Nino and her mother Lia. Lia is an incredible chef. She uses advanced techniques for a home cook and puts much care into presentation and plating. The meal Lia and Nino prepared was incredible in both breadth and depth of flavor. I love the seasonality of Georgian cuisine! Most traditional “pkhali” is made with spinach, beets, or eggplant, but they made one with fresh peas using the same preparation style and sauce. I also got to try homemade cheese that Nino’s uncle made at his home in western Georgia. It was delicious and so unique. Expect a lesson not only in making Georgian food, but in its history as well. Nino was an excellent interpreter for Lia, who has fantastic stories of how she got her start in cooking. Be prepared to eat a lot!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Maria

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Nino and Lia

$40-$86 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
$60 $40 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $40 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*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 Nino and Lia

Nino learned to cook from her mother, Lia and is very knowledgeable about the origin and ingredients of Georgian food and its culture and history. Lia is a trained engineer but began cooking in the 90s when jobs were scarce. She cooked food in their home and then sold it at stalls around Saburtalo. She also catered for events and could cook food for 100 people in two days! She enjoys baking and for Easter, she baked more than 120 traditional paska’s (sweet bread), bite-sized khachapuri’s (cheese-filled bread) and lobiani’s (bean-filled bread). Nino grew up watching her mother cook and is well on her way to following in her footsteps. Lia is clearly a master of Georgian cuisine and has taught her daughter Nino well!

“I love meeting new people and sharing experiences, but mainly I am crazy about sharing my love for food, giving out advice on where and what to try.” - Nino

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: (1-4 guests) Nino and her mother Lia live in an old high-rise building in the Soviet-era, in a modest apartment full of vintage family heirlooms, photos and vintage china and glassware. Their home is less than a 10 minute walk from the Technical University Metro. Lia has a small garden on the balcony and you will notice how the window sills are beautifully decorated with African violets that Lia grows from seeds. Lia is from Kutaisi in the Imereti region, so most of her cuisine is Imeruli and she also cooks Megrelian style dishes. At the dining table you will be served traditional, homemade Georgian dishes using recipes that have been perfected over the years by Lia. You might enjoy dishes like mchadi (Georgian cornbread), bazhe (walnut sauce), tkemali (sour plum sauce), sulguni cheese rolls with mint, khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and lobio (a traditional Georgian dish of various kinds of prepared beans, containing coriander, walnuts, garlic and onion).

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) You will join Nino and Lia in their small kitchen for a 1-2 hour hands-on cooking class. You will learn to make gebzhalia (a softened cheese dish in a mint and cream sauce from Georgia’s Samegrelo region), pkhali (a traditional Georgian dish of chopped and minced vegetables) and mchadi (Georgian-style cornbread). As the kitchen is small, you will use the dining area for most of the prep work and will join Nino and Lia in the kitchen only for the final cooking.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) After you meet Nino at home she will accompany you to a local farmers market, which is 15 minutes by subway. There you will learn more about local ingredients used in Georgian cuisine and might buy a few vegetables for your cooking class.

Notes: Nino and Lia can offer vegetarian meals on request. Please note their home is on the 4th floor and the building has a free elevator, however you need to take the elevator to the 5th floor and walk down one floor to get to the 4th floor. The market tour option is only available on weekends.

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.
  • Welcome Drink: Homemade fruit lemonade (called compote in Georgia)
  • Appetizer: Sulguni cheese rolls with mint
  • Salad: Traditional Georgian style tomato and cucumber salad with walnut paste
  • Main: Pkhali, a traditional Georgian dish of chopped and minced vegetables) and Kharcho, meat in creamy walnut sauce
  • Dessert: Pelamushi, Georgian dessert porridge made with pressed, condensed grape juice

Traveler reviews

It was great!! Nino and Lia were amazing hosts and the food was unbelievable. We loved that Lia was verrry picky at the market - every ingredient had to be perfect. and that´s how the dishes were in the end! The atmosphere was very personal an we good long talks!
- Max and Sylvana September 01, 2018

Nino and her mom were so friendly and lovely 😍😍 They were willing to cater to our vegetarian needs and taught us how to make delicious Georgian vegetarian food 🍲 😋 Nino even became our translator and helped us find my lost mobile phone. She was so kind and helpful. She was very eager to tell us about different Georgian cultures and cusinies. We can feel her passion for cooking and food. 😁😁 We love her and her mom💕💕 highly recommend them to everyone who wishes to have an amazing cooking experience in Georgia 🇬🇪!!!
- Cherry September 02, 2018

Phenomenal!! I had a great time with Nino and her mother Lia. Lia is an incredible chef. She uses advanced techniques for a home cook and puts much care into presentation and plating. The meal Lia and Nino prepared was incredible in both breadth and depth of flavor. I love the seasonality of Georgian cuisine! Most traditional “pkhali” is made with spinach, beets, or eggplant, but they made one with fresh peas using the same preparation style and sauce. I also got to try homemade cheese that Nino’s uncle made at his home in western Georgia. It was delicious and so unique. Expect a lesson not only in making Georgian food, but in its history as well. Nino was an excellent interpreter for Lia, who has fantastic stories of how she got her start in cooking. Be prepared to eat a lot!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Maria

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $40 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $40 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*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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