Celebrating 25 Years With Delicious Georgian Food

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Dear Friends,

Georgian food is increasingly being recognized as one of the world’s most delicious cuisines, and was named 2019 Cuisine of the Year by USA Today.

Georgian restaurant Chama Mama has been making a splash on the New York culinary scene, and we are so excited to announce that Chama Mama will be sponsoring our Spring Cocktail Reception! They will be generously providing hors d’oeuvres, including Imeruli khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) and beet pkhali on mchadi. Thank you Chama Mama and our wine sponsor Georgian Wine House for helping us celebrate 25 years in such delicious style!


We are so grateful to all our generous event sponsors!

Ukrainian Institute of America

Ruby Sponsor Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff

Diamond Sponsor Elizabeth Zaldastani Napier

Double Diamond Sponsor Jonathan Nelms

of Supra Restaurant in Washington, DC

And a special thank-you to our committee members who are helping to make this event happen!

Tatiana Sarandinaki-Kadaria, Gillian Eddins, Bob Eddins, Ana Alavidze, Ana Lejava, Teya Beradze and Eka Dzadzamia.

Thank you!

Experience & celebrate Georgian culture

Don’t miss performances from dancers The Pesvebi Ensemble, and polyphonic singer Nana Mzhavanadze, beginning at 6:40pm!

Your ticket makes a real difference!

Proceeds from the Spring Cocktail Reception will directly benefit AFG’s projects supporting Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens, including shelter communities for low-income children (like theBediani Center, pictured at left) and individuals with disabilities, a hospice program for the elderly, a higher education scholarship fund for former street children, and much more. Learn more about our work at afgeorgia.org

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Georgian Car Enthusiast with James May in Georgia!


Our son, perhaps like many of your own sons and husbands, is a modified car enthusiast. Our Kelley Tornike, happened to come across this great article which included an interview with Akaki Khamaldze about his experience in meeting James May. There is footage of their street racing encounter through beautiful Georgia and most importantly, Khamaladze’s gratitude for the James May’s crew in highlighting the annexation of Georgia, by Russia, literally every single day by physically moving barbed-wire fencing further into Georgia over-night. Khamaldze explained that one day you are Georgian and overnight, the barbed wire fence with Russian soldiers standing guard is on the other side of your property, now you are Russian.

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The Rockies, the Alps, the Caucasus? Georgia Plans for the Future

Source: https://www.nytimes.com

By Gabriel Leigh

This country has beautiful mountains, dependable snow, hearty food and welcoming people. Now they just need to decide how to build a tourism industry.

The slopes in Gudauri, Georgia, not far from the Russian border in the Caucusus Mountains.CreditOla Lewitschnik

The slopes in Gudauri, Georgia, not far from the Russian border in the Caucusus Mountains.CreditCreditOla Lewitschnik

I was descending a Georgian mountain pass in a rented Renault Duster when, rounding a curve with six-foot snow drifts to either side, a dark and narrow tunnel came into view. Looking down the mountain, I could see the other end of it — and an apparently endless convoy of eighteen-wheelers making their way up, entering in the opposite direction. I couldn’t imagine how we’d fit alongside each other, but I pressed on, only to find myself in a black hole. The headlights illuminated nothing. I rolled down the window — one of those useless things you do when beginning to panic — and realized that we were in a cloud of black truck exhaust so thick it was blinding.

I’d come to Georgia to ski — attracted by images of the towering Caucasus Mountains and reports of affordable skiing without the crowds. Those who knew Georgia tended to describe it warmly: exotic and undiscovered, with great food, situated at a crossroads full of history, and changing — its young population striving to show off a post-Soviet identity to the world.

Shacks selling food and drinks on the mountain at the Gudauri Ski Resort.CreditOla Lewitschnik

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Emotions are Georgia

Emotions are Georgia is a campaign featuring artificial intelligence and human emotions.  It is a collection of social media posts by more than 7 million international visitors of Georgia.  Artificial intelligence sorted and then analyzed the most genuine human emotions into a first-ever digital guidebook of the country.

Click here to watch the video.


36 Hours in Tbilisi

Gourmands, partyers and aficionados of art and architecture (and shopping) will find no end of riches in the East-meets-West capital of Georgia.

By Debra Kamin

Source: nytimes.com

A view of old Tbilisi. Credit: Irakli Shavgulidze for The New York Times

With chaotic yet charming cobblestone streets, dome-shaped bathhouses steaming with sulfuric waters, and crumbling Soviet factories repurposed as hipster hotels, Tbilisi is a study in contrasts. Capital of Georgia and the heart of the Caucasus, the city teems with riches: cathedrals that rise in the hills like layer cakes; hidden cafes bursting with bric-a-brac, and a bohemian art scene that is slowly peeling away the Soviet grit from this survivalist town to reveal a vibrant creative core. Conquered and reconquered for centuries, Tbilisi now wears its battle scars with pride. From its medieval fortress walls to its buzzing new luxury boutiques, this East-meets-West city offers something for everyone.

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Along These Shifting Borders, Life is Full of Unease and Adversity

Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com

By Alexandra Genova

Photographs by Daro Sulakauri


Fear, thick and unyielding, is a constant for many Georgians living along the shifting borders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russian-supported separatist territories that were once governed by Georgia—and officially still are according to the United States and the majority of the international community. Could this be the day they wake up and find that—overnight, without warning—their home now sits on foreign soil and their money is worthless?

The regions declared their independence in the 1990s and have been under dispute for decades. During the Russo-Georgian War in 2008, Russian forces invaded the territories and have continued to move their administrative borders farther and farther into Georgia. Though the borders are not currently recognized by much of the world, they have real and serious effects on the people living in the area. Their frequent, sometimes daily, changes cause chaos for community members who find themselves, their schools, and their places of business unexpectedly under occupation.

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The Best Street Style From Tbilisi Fashion Week Fall ’18

It’s always Fashion Week somewhere. The Resort 2019 season may have officially started in Paris with today’s Chanel show, but in Tbilisi, editors are still seeing the last of the Fall 2018 collections. The schedule ranges from It-girl favorite Situationist to up-and-comers like Tamra, Atelier Kikala, and Aznauri. Style du Monde street style photographer Acielle is on the ground covering the best looks. The job is no doubt a little more pleasant now that it’s actually warm: Editors, buyers, and models are embracing the sunshine in minidresses, lightweight suits, and even a Balenciaga car mat skirt (lest you forget, Demna Gvasalia hails from Tbilisi).


Support AFG’s Charity Gala in Georgia

AFG’s Charity Gala In The Spirit of Giving

Tbilisi, Georgia & Online

Dear Friends,

American Friends of Georgia is hosting its Annual Charity Gala on Saturday, December 9, 2017 to restore a tradition of philanthropy and to benefit the most needy children and elderly in Georgia.

Nikoloz and his older friend in front of Dzegvi Shelter

The goal of this Charity Gala is to help us to finish rebuilding the Dzegvi Shelter and protect more vulnerable children and abandoned elderly. 

Lena Kiladze, Nana Gogochuri and adult residents at Dzegvi Shelter

The events committee is putting together an extraordinary program for the evening with a cocktail reception, live auction, raffle prizes, dancing party and New Year surprises and lots more.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Hotel Biltmore in Tbilisi.

To purchase tickets to attend the gala, please contact Kate Kalandarishvili at kate.kal53@gmail.com or 599 262005.

Even if you can’t join us in Tbilisi, you can sponsor a table in your name for $1,000 or a chair for $100. We greatly appreciate your generosity towards the gala’s success. The chairs will seat press persons and AFG volunteers in Georgia. Click the ‘Donate Now’ button and designate ‘AFG Charity Gala 2017 Sponsorship’.

Dzegvi Shelter, after phase 1 of major renovation: demoliton, rebuilt structure, walls, new roof, and new windows

AFG is at the forefront of this humanitarian response but we can’t do it alone! We need your help.

Long time Dzegvi resident, Natalia, with her beloved companion Beko

  Kristine, a child who lives at the Dzegvi Shelter

Thank You!

If you or your company are able to contribute to the event, we would be very grateful. Please remember your contribution is tax-deductible and will allow us to help the most needy children and elderly in Georgia.

Please email kate.kal53@gmail.com to sponsor.

We thank you for your support of AFG!
Marusya Chavchavadze & Lena Kiladze

Invitation to Annual Reception by Georgian Association in the USA


The Georgian Association in the United States
Requests the Pleasure of Your Company at Its Annual Reception
On Monday, June 12, 2017, at 5:30 – 7:30

Baker McKenzie
815 Connecticut Avenue, 20006
Washington, DC
Please RSVP to  georgianassociation@gmail.com
Georgian wines will be provided by Georgian Wine House

2 of 24 These Crusader Knights Answered The Call: Loyalty and Guts!

Source: wearethemighty.com

The country known as Georgia derives its name – “Gurgan,” the land of the wolves – from the Persian word for the “frightening and heroic people of that territory.”

Heroic doesn’t even begin to fully describe the Georgians. This fact was evident at the outset of World War I when a troop of crusader knights – in full Medieval armor – marched right up to the governor’s house in the Georgian capital, then called Tiflis (modern-day Tbilisi).

“Where’s the war?” They asked. “We hear there’s a war.”

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