3 Reasons to Travel with Bonnie & Israel
We love Bonnie and Israel because the last thing they ever wanted to do was to open a restaurant (much less one based on Soviet home cooking). But they created Portland's Kachka because they had to. "We felt if we don’t, nobody will,” says Bonnie, who grew up eating her Bielorussian parents' cooking. The result has introduced Soviet food's charm and flavor to a generation of foodies (along with doting writers from The New York Times, Bon Appetit and Food & Wine.) Now they're expanding their on-the-ground culinary explorations on their first trip to Georgia, the most influential of all former Soviet bloc cuisines.
They Believe in Hospitality
Bonnie calls “intense hospitality” a Russian thing. You feel it at their decked-out restaurant and bar, and with how they approach food and friends.
They are Teachers
Bonnie and Israel are driven to introduce Soviet cooking to people ("it's so varied and beautiful, so many bright flavors," as Bonnie says). Her recent Russian cookbook was the first in the US in nearly three decades, and the couple took their staff to Russia to learn on the ground. Travel with them means learning a lot.
They are Explorers
Bonnie and Israels' travel aesthetic is simple: "we eat and we hike," as Israel puts it. The Caucasus is the perfect setting. Not just for its wines and breads, but that it's home to hiking in Europe's highest mountains.