It started at Klaffs. I was invited to do a cooking demo at the best kitchen appliances store in Danbury, CT. After some thinking, I decided to make some Georgian dishes for the presentation since Georgian food represents me as a person and is the cuisine I know best; it’s in my blood. I made eggplant ratatouille, khachapuri (cheese bread) and gozinaki (walnut and honey candy). I had set up, brought the food out and was baking fresh cheese bread as I was getting ready to serve the customers. that’s where I met Sonal and Vikram, who took my business card after trying my food. I didn’t really expect any calls from them but few months ago Sonal contacted and asked me to cook for her daughter’s graduation party in June for 150 people. That amount of people scared me a bit because the largest party I’ve done was for 75 people and I cooked in an industrial kitchen for that event. This one was even more challenging because I had to cook it somewhere else and deliver the food to the museum kitchen which was small and almost impossible to work at even with extra help. I hated to turn them down, as they seemed so eager to serve their guests my food. I didn’t know how to tell them that I wouldn’t be able to handle that, so we met and I explained my feelings and we decided to work on Father’s Day brunch after the graduation day instead.
To cut the long story short, we agreed on the menu and with the help of my dearest friend and helper Leida, the event went excellent. The day before this event, I was cooking from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm non stop, preparing every little detail for the dish. Even though the guests came two hours late and I had to reheat some food, they loved everything and were asking me for the recipes. It’s amazing when you see that people are enjoying the food and are appreciating the work you’ve done. No matter how tired you are you don’t really feel that. Those compliments and happy people give me energy and makes me feel accomplished.
After the long hour of cooking and serving people when you go home and enter directly into the kitchen to prepare meal for your family, you know that you are doing the right thing.
Yes, I even baked those whole wheat rolls.
Delicious puff pastry stuffed with lots of cheese.
Green pea pesto crostini is an unbelievable combination of mint, peas, Parmesan, pine nuts, lemon juice and olive oil.
Salmon and creme cheese over the whole wheat crepes with cucumber and dill is a perfect little bites.
Coriander, cumin and fenugreek makes this mushroom onion tarts unbelievably delicious.
When you make the tomato sauce from scratch, the shakshuka will taste amazing.
Some happy guests <3
Remnants of coffee cake 🙂
Georgian candy made of two simple ingredients walnuts and honey, called gozinaki, yummy little bites.