Easy Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce

For me, there are very few meals more comforting than good old pasta with thick and flavorful tomato sauce. This dish seems very basic; it actually is. It consists of only six ingredients: olive oil, butter, onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, and a handful of excellent Italian penne (I don't count salt and chili flakes). The secret is to use the best ingredients you can find and cook pasta to a perfect al-dente. Yes, as easy as that. If you're looking for a quick-fix meal for dinner, this pasta ... Continue Reading

Muhammara with Pickled Bell Peppers

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected sources. Mine found me when I was decluttering my pantry. After going through countless half-full bags of lentils, barley, and some weird grains I didn't even know I had, I discovered a jar of roasted and pickled red peppers, which I bought a few months ago and completely forgot about. For some weird coincidence, I placed them next to a bag of toasted walnuts my mom brought me from Ukraine, and then the lightning struck. I thought that I should ... Continue Reading

Candied Butternut Squash with Ice Cream and Pistachios

I like making elaborate desserts, but sometimes it's so nice to cook something very straightforward yet utterly delicious and satisfying. This Candied Butternut Squash with Ice Cream and Pistachios is all about elegance and simplicity. I was inspired by classic Turkish dessert Kabak Tatlısı Tarifi which is basically pumpkin slices cooked in simple syrup. In my version, I added a little bit of lemon juice and zest to make the flavor more interesting and to cut the sweetness. I think it worked ... Continue Reading

New Black Sea Dinner Series

You are invited to embark on an epicurean journey around the Black Sea, exploring vibrant culinary cultures of Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania. Every dinner will be a beautiful family-style 6-course feast featuring one of the following food destinations: #1 Jan 26th - Our first culinary destination is Odessa - one of the most vibrant Ukrainian cities. I'll be honoring its diverse culinary heritage with traditional Forshmak, umami Buckwheat and Mushroom soup, and ... Continue Reading

Dec 15th, 2019 – Supra: Georgian Bountiful Feast

If according to Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, every Georgian dish is a poem. Then every Georgian feast must be a polyphony written with food and wine. With this dinner, I want to take you on an exciting culinary journey to one of the most beautiful countries that gave birth to wine and colorful Supra feasts. I'll recreate Georgian most favorite dishes, along with my modern interpretation of their traditional recipes. Together we'll taste the most delicious Adjarian Khachapuri, famous ... Continue Reading

Homemade Soft Cheese (Syr/Tvorog)

A recipe for Tvorog, or Syr how we call it in Ukraine, was one of the most requested ones on my Instagram. The reason is that Tvorog is a crucial ingredient for a countless number of Slavik dishes. Including my favorite Lazy Dumplings, crispy Syrniki, and thin Nalysniki stuffed with this lovely cheese. I've recently learned that an internationally known name for Tvorog is Quark or quarg. The names may vary from country to country, but the basic idea is the same. It's an easy-to-make, fresh ... Continue Reading

Nov 16th, 2019 – Georgian 6-Course Supra Brunch

We're happy to present our first 6-course Georgian brunch pop-up. With this menu, we want to take you on an exciting culinary journey to a faraway Georgia and share some of our favorite dishes such as Imeretian Khachapuri, Georgian Spiced Eggs, and Honey Cake. It will be our morning version of a famous Supra feast. Let's start the weekend together, meet new people, and have a delicious meal together. Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 11 AM – 1.30 PM Picnic on Third (Map) RESE... Continue Reading

Nov 3rd, 2019 – Ukrainian Rustik Fall Feast

This meal is a quintessence of traditional Ukrainian cuisine. We'll be serving delicious cabbage rolls, lip-smacking crepes, and world-famous Honey cake. Of course, we'll have some salo and vodka to set the right mood. Join us for a beautiful family-style Ukrainian feast, meet new people, and spend an evening tasting some wonderful dishes. Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM Picnic on Third (Map) RESERVE A SEAT Menu $59 per person with one complimentary shot of our homemade ... Continue Reading

Chkmeruli – Georgian Garlic and Walnut Chicken

In my recent trip to Sakartvelo, also known as Georgia, the country not one of the 50 states, I was introduced to so many dishes from different regions; by the end of our travel, my head started to spin from foreign names. It also might be from all the Qvevri wine and chacha generously poured by our hosts, but who counts your drinks in Georgia. Regardless of our drinking schedule, for four days, I did my best to remember the nuances, and soak up all the smells and flavors to later recreate ... Continue Reading

Vegetarian Borscht

Borscht is the ultimate Ukrainian comfort food. It's perfect for every mood and season. Red, purple, green, vegetarian, pork, duck, mushroom, with smoked pears, or kidney beans. The list is endless. You name the ingredient, and there is a high probability we have a special Borscht recipe for it. The magic of Borscht is that it's great in any color and interpretation, and with a dollop sour cream and a piece of garlic Pampushki (Ukrainian savory buns), it's an utter delight. In Ukraine, ... Continue Reading