Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Table traditions are built up over centuries. They are the “best practices” that give shape to a culture, born in a time when meals brought a family together to tell stories and pass on knowledge.

A feast is a meal with all the stops pulled out.

Feasts are different all over the world, but they’re strangely alike, too. They’re a time for celebration and camaraderie, but also a time when the cooks get to show off, to display what they can do with a limited palette of raw materials, as has been the case in Russia. Or with an abundance of raw materials, as in Georgia.

MIR specializes in showing off the table traditions, cooks and cuisines in two of our favorite destinations, Russia and Georgiaon these two small group tours:

 

A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture
Attend a hands-on cooking class with one of the most famous chefs in St. Petersburg, Russia <br>Photo credit: Katya Boyarskaya

Attend a hands-on cooking class with one of the most famous chefs in St. Petersburg, Russia
Photo credit: Katya Boyarskaya

MIR’s delectable journey (and 2014 National Geographic Traveler Tour of a Lifetime), A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture, is led by a passionate local foodie and lets you eat your way through Russia’s greatest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, while taking care to touch on all the definitive cultural sites. You will learn that Russian cuisine goes far beyond borscht and blini. (more about this tour)

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A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture
A performance at the Georgian Table <br>Photo credit: Michel Behar

A performance at the Georgian Table
Photo credit: Michel Behar

On MIR’s small group tour, A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture, discover the history and living traditions of this ancient country through its chefs, winemakers, artisans and musicians, as you taste your way from the mountains to the sea. (more about this tour)

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(Top photo: A lunch at LavkaLavka, where a meal of seasonal classic Russian ingredients is served. Photo credit: LavkaLavka)

PUBLISHED: November 25, 2014

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