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Host: Zviadi and Lali

Tbilisi, Georgia

USD
$44-$70 per person

Traditional Georgian cooking class with a mother-son duo in Freedom Square

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

Meet Zviadi and Lali

Your hosts for this experience are a mother-son duo - Lali (the mother), a home chef and Zviadi (the son) who enjoys entertaining guests and acts as a translator. Lali has been cooking for her family every since she was a young child. Lali has always loved cooking and has decided to now teach others how to create traditional Georgian dishes. Lali and Zviadi run a small guest house in Tbilisi, and have been sharing their passion for traditional Georgian food for many years now. They even make and sell a home-made, traditional Georgian plum sauce, called Lali's Tkemali! “She is an amazing cook and a real guru of traditional Georgian food”, says Zviadi as he fondly talks about this mother.

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) Zviadi and Lali’s home is walking distance from Freedom Square in the heart of Tbilisi. Their home is bright, with a lot of natural sunlight. Zviadi and Lali aim to share their knowledge of Georgian history and culture through its traditional foods with guests. A few signature dishes that you might enjoy with Zviadi and Lali at their dining table are khinkali (meat-filled dumplings), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), beetroot salad, and eggplant with walnuts.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Lali and Zviadi in their kitchen for a 1-2-hour hands-on cooking class and learn to make 2-3 dishes from scratch. While you help prepare the dishes that you will later eat, Zviadi will explain in detail the history of the food, where it came from, and the right methods to prepare it. The dishes you will learn to make depends on the menu that you choose. A few examples of what you might cook together are badrijani (fried eggplant with walnuts), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and spinach pkhali (spinach salad with walnut) or khinkali (a Georgian dumpling) and beetroot salad.

Notes: Please note that alcohol is included in the price, you shall be served 1-2 glasses of local wine with your meal. Zviadi and Lali can also offer vegetarian and vegan meals on request. A few of Zviadi and Lali's close relatives will also be part of the experience, to help out.

As Zviadi and Lali run a guest house, you may see other travelers in their home, while you're there. However, your Traveling Spoon cooking experience shall be private.

Languages spoken: English, Russian, Georgian

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.
  • Badrijani (fried eggplant with walnuts)
  • Khachapuri (cheese-filled bread)
  • Spinach pkhali (spinach salad with walnut) or beetroot salad
  • Pelamushi (a Georgian dessert porridge made with flour and pressed, condensed grape juice)
  • Georgian wine
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

We had such a great time learning how to make Georgian food with Zviadi and his mother Lali! They were both so kind, warm, welcoming, and hospitable, and we truly felt at home. The class was hands on, and we both had a chance to practice making each of the dishes. All of the ingredients were fresh and locally sourced, most of which were produced in the family's nearby village. The food was extremely delicious. Our favorite thing that we ate with our hosts was the Khachapuri and the Eggplant with Walnuts. Both Lali and Zviadi are knowledgeable in the dishes they are preparing and they execute them with good technique and great flavors. We also really enjoyed learning about Georgian customs and traditions from Zviadi during the meal. We would be so happy to participate in another of their cooking experiences!

Lena and Jay, 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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Zviadi and Lali

$44-$70 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $44
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $44
Alcohol
$0 per person
*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 Zviadi and Lali

Your hosts for this experience are a mother-son duo - Lali (the mother), a home chef and Zviadi (the son) who enjoys entertaining guests and acts as a translator. Lali has been cooking for her family every since she was a young child. Lali has always loved cooking and has decided to now teach others how to create traditional Georgian dishes. Lali and Zviadi run a small guest house in Tbilisi, and have been sharing their passion for traditional Georgian food for many years now. They even make and sell a home-made, traditional Georgian plum sauce, called Lali's Tkemali! “She is an amazing cook and a real guru of traditional Georgian food”, says Zviadi as he fondly talks about this mother.

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) Zviadi and Lali’s home is walking distance from Freedom Square in the heart of Tbilisi. Their home is bright, with a lot of natural sunlight. Zviadi and Lali aim to share their knowledge of Georgian history and culture through its traditional foods with guests. A few signature dishes that you might enjoy with Zviadi and Lali at their dining table are khinkali (meat-filled dumplings), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), beetroot salad, and eggplant with walnuts.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Lali and Zviadi in their kitchen for a 1-2-hour hands-on cooking class and learn to make 2-3 dishes from scratch. While you help prepare the dishes that you will later eat, Zviadi will explain in detail the history of the food, where it came from, and the right methods to prepare it. The dishes you will learn to make depends on the menu that you choose. A few examples of what you might cook together are badrijani (fried eggplant with walnuts), khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and spinach pkhali (spinach salad with walnut) or khinkali (a Georgian dumpling) and beetroot salad.

Notes: Please note that alcohol is included in the price, you shall be served 1-2 glasses of local wine with your meal. Zviadi and Lali can also offer vegetarian and vegan meals on request. A few of Zviadi and Lali's close relatives will also be part of the experience, to help out.

As Zviadi and Lali run a guest house, you may see other travelers in their home, while you're there. However, your Traveling Spoon cooking experience shall be private.

Languages spoken: English, Russian, Georgian

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.
  • Badrijani (fried eggplant with walnuts)
  • Khachapuri (cheese-filled bread)
  • Spinach pkhali (spinach salad with walnut) or beetroot salad
  • Pelamushi (a Georgian dessert porridge made with flour and pressed, condensed grape juice)
  • Georgian wine
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

We had such a great time learning how to make Georgian food with Zviadi and his mother Lali! They were both so kind, warm, welcoming, and hospitable, and we truly felt at home. The class was hands on, and we both had a chance to practice making each of the dishes. All of the ingredients were fresh and locally sourced, most of which were produced in the family's nearby village. The food was extremely delicious. Our favorite thing that we ate with our hosts was the Khachapuri and the Eggplant with Walnuts. Both Lali and Zviadi are knowledgeable in the dishes they are preparing and they execute them with good technique and great flavors. We also really enjoyed learning about Georgian customs and traditions from Zviadi during the meal. We would be so happy to participate in another of their cooking experiences!

Lena and Jay, 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
$70 $60 $44
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $44
Alcohol
$0 per person
*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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