March 10, 2008
The Georgian Supra, or Feast
I am proud to say that I survived my much anticipated first Georgian Feast Sunday night. I saw more food (all of it outstanding) on one table than I have seen in my life. Basically, we started eating one of the national dishes, khachapuri (of course), many salads, vegetables, and the like. Then the Tamada, or toastmaster, begins making toasts. The only time you can drink whatever is in your glass is when the Tamada proposes a toast. And do not make the mistake of saying a toast without the Tamada's permission, like one woman did in our group. Then the waiters bring out many different meats, and khinkhali, which is a meat dumpling, pictured above. More toasts, more food, repeat, repeat, and after many hours it was a memorable time experiencing this integral part of Georgian culture.
One Monday, we met with many Georgian economists and economics educators, hearing about the promising economic reforms here. More on this in a later post.