Georgia Café owner Maia grew up watching her parents cook at home in Georgia, when the country was still a part of the Soviet Union. Her childhood memories revolved around eating and coming together for meals, and later on in life, she brought these traditions to her own family.
From an early career as a hotel chef, to eventually cooking for the Georgian ambassador of Canada, Maia has mastered the art of Georgian cuisine. When she made the move to Vancouver Island, Maia started her own catering business that ran for 10 years. In 2017, Maia finally opened her own brick & mortar restaurant in Kelowna B.C.: Georgia Café.
Georgia Café aims to serve everyday, comforting food made from scratch with organic, local ingredients. There are plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and health-conscious options available on the menu, and the restaurant has introduced many patrons to the delicious concept of Georgian cuisine.
With Maia’s background in baking and catering, the café is also pleased to offer a wide selection of Eastern European cakes and pastries. These delicious baked goods are great to enjoy after a meal or to take home for your family.
Possibly one of the most underrated cuisines, Georgian food is made for sharing with friends and family around a big table. Typical Georgian dishes provide a balance of comfort and flavor, whether that means cheese-filled bread or perogies, or hearty soups. Many travelers along the Silk Road influenced Georgian Cuisine over time, and every region of Georgia has its own way of preparing food. But regardless of where diners come from, Georgian food is centered around the concept of the tablecloth (supra) and the act of eating and drinking with loved ones.