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Why is the Georgian Table so distinguished in the world?

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Why is the Georgian Table so distinguished in the world?

You might have heard about Georgian hospitality, cuisine and its remarkable dishes. And if not, then our blog will help you to understand what makes the Georgian table so distinctive.

Culinary and the guest occupy the important place in Georgian culture. The guest's arrival and holidays are always celebrated around the table. The Georgian table with its traditions is a social activity and a way of showing respect to the guest.

What makes the Georgian supra unique? Tamada, various dishes and drinks, Georgians or Georgian dances and songs? - We think all together.


1. Tamada – a leader of the table

The Georgian table is unthinkable without Tamada. Tamada is the leader of the table that manages it, utters toasts and is responsible for entertaining guests. Toasts have a symbolic meaning and other members of the table after the Tamada have their versions of toast. It’s not easy to be Tamada, you need talent and skills.


2. Variety of Georgian dishes

Georgian cuisine is affected by both western and eastern influences, which has been reflected in various dishes. The most famous Georgian dishes are: Khachapuri, Khinkali, Mtsvadi, Satsivi, Chakapuli, Kharcho and Churchkhela, which is a classic dessert. 

The method of preparation of dishes varies by the regions of Georgia. For example, one of the most popular Georgian dishes - Khachapuri - is presented in 6 versions - Imeretian Khachapuri, Megrelian Khachapuri, Adjarian Khachapuri, Lazian Khachapuri, Meskhetian Khachapuri and Ossetian Khachapuri. You have to choose the best of them by yourself.

Georgian cuisine is presented by  meat and fish, vegetarian dishes, different soups, baked goods and cheese, salads and desserts. So, if you are at a traditional Georgian table, we are sure you’ll find the dishes you want. Yeah, and do not forget about the magnificent Georgian wine.



3. Georgian wine (homeland of wine, with 8000 years of experience)

Has anyone counted how many kinds of wine are there in the world? We really haven’t. However, Georgian wine is special, we do not even doubt it.

One is that local vine varieties are hardly ever found elsewhere, and the other is the traditional method of making wine, which involves putting the wine in a Kvevri (clay vessel). The traditional Georgian method of making wine was given the status of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage because of its uniqueness.

Georgian wine making technology varies by regions of Georgia. In Kakheti it will be boiled together with the total amount of chacha, and in Imereti after grape juice is poured into the kvevri, maximum a third of chacha is added.

It is better to talk about it with wine, so let's continue later. Until then, I will tell you that wine is a drink with which Georgians will drink your toast many times.



4. Hospitable Georgians (part of the tradition)

The attitude towards the visitor in Georgia was formed many centuries ago, long before tourism became one of the leading areas of the country.

We love guests and consider them the gift from God. Many ancient Georgian sayings express the attitude and respect of Georgians towards guests, although this is most obvious around the Georgian supra.
Every tourist is a guest of Georgia and we want to open not only the door of our country, but also the doors of our houses.

Visitors of Georgia often do not have the opportunity to visit Georgian families and get acquainted with Georgian traditions of hospitality. The goal of creating GuestMe is to give every guest of Georgia the opportunity to experience it.

Our mission is to create an unforgettable experience of Georgian supra and hospitality for every traveler in Georgia. You can already spend your own unforgettable dinner in a penthouse in the city center, in small flat located in the old town or in a traditional house in a quiet village.


Georgian Dishes: From A to Z

The Georgian alphabet consists of 33 letters and is included in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. We want to introduce our alphabet through Georgian cuisine and choose 34 Georgian dishes. Yes, 34. We could not choose between Khachapuri and Khinkali. Meet the Georgian culinary alphabet: ა [A] – Ajapsandali (A summer dish made from stewed vegetables) ბ [B] – Bazhe (Smooth Georgian walnut sauce) გ [G] – Gozinaki (Sweet bomb made of nuts and honey) დ [D] – Dambalkhacho (It is made from buttermilk cottage cheese that remains after churning butter) ე [E] – Elarji (Cornmeal with Sulguni cheese) ვ [V] – Varia  (Megrelian chicken dish) ზ [Z] – Zutkhi (Sturgeon with coriander and vinegar sauce) თ [T] – Tatarberagi (Boiled cured dough, onion) ი [I] – Ispanakhi’s borani (Spinach dish) კ [K] – Kupati (Offal Sausage) ლ [L] – Lobio (Georgian Bean dish) მ [M] – Mchadi (Georgian Cornbread – without Cheese) ნ [N] – Nazuki (Georgian Spice Bread) ო [O] – Ojakhuri (Baked Pork and Potatoes) პ [P] – Prasi nigvzit (Leeks with nuts) ჟ [Zh] – Zhipitauri (a type of alcoholic drink, vodka) რ [R] – Rachuli Lobiani (Bean Stuffed Bread from Racha) ს [S] – Satsivi (Chicken Walnut Stew) ტ [T] – Tolma (Stuffed Vine Leave) უ [U] – Unabi (Jujube) jam ფ [Ph] – Phelamushi (The glutinous grape based coating used in Churchkhela is turned into a big gel block and served in                                           chunks) ქ [Q] – Qababi (Minced Meat Georgian Kebab) ღ [Gh] – Ghomi (Traditional Georgian dish from western region of Samegrelo. It is made with cornmeal and slices of                                          cheese put in the hot portions to melt before tasting) ყ [K] – Kaurma (Delicious Georgian dish made with beef) შ [Sh] – Shkmeruli (Chicken in Milk and Garlic sauce) ჩ [Ch] – Churchkhela (Georgian Snickers) ც [Ts] – Tskhvari (Lamb) with quince ძ [Dz] – Dzrokhis ena arazhnis sousit (Beef Tongue in Sour Cream Sauce) წ [Ts] – Tsandili (Traditional Georgian dessert prepared with cereal seasoned with raisins and walnuts) ჭ [Ch] – Chvishtari (Cheesy Cornbread) ხ [Kh] – Khachapuri (Cheese-filled bread) & Khinkali (Georgian dumpling) ჯ [J] – Jonjoli (Staphylea with onion and vinegar) ჰ [H] – Hasutha (Adjarian dessert)
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