Rosa Rosa Hosts Georgian Supra on August 24
A Feast Like No Other and Rare Georgian Wines Arrive Downtown
Portland, Ore. (July 30, 2019) — Chef Vitaly Paley and Kimberly Paley will host a Supra at Rosa Rosa, their newest downtown venture, a restaurant named for the City of Roses and as an ode to Chef Paley’s grandmother, Rosa. The Supra on Saturday, August 24 will feature a sprawling, candle-lit feast and rare wines from Georgia, shared by winemaker Jeff Vejr of Golden Cluster and co-owner of Les Caves.
A Georgian Supra is a spontaneous feast where the country’s penchant for sincere hospitality is on full display. Supras are traditionally a ritualized series of toasts, storytelling and feasting where plates and glasses are never empty.
As a child growing up in present-day Belarus, Vitaly Paley had an early introduction to the foods of Georgia, considered the most exotic of all Soviet republics. For special occasions, his family would gather at a Georgian restaurant, and Georgian flavors became synonymous with celebrations. Last year, Paley was reunited with his Russian family in Georgia after 42 years of separation. The location was deemed a safe alternative to a trip to Russia, and that fortuitous caution resulted in a series of culinary flashbacks.
“The memories came rushing back with the never-ending food on our plates,” said Chef Paley. “Especially when surrounded by family I hadn’t seen since we left the Soviet Union, it made for an even more powerful experience. We want to introduce guests to the Georgia that is still on our minds, to its essential flavors and genuine hospitality,” he continued.
At the first Rosa Rosa Supra on August 24, guests will experience a feast like no other, with several recipes Chef Paley brought back from Georgia. The dolma with sumac-spiced yogurt, for example, were perfected alongside chefs at Hotel Zuzumbo in Telavi, Georgia, who graciously shared their recipe for lamb-stuffed grape leaves, as well as others
Some culinary highlights from Chef Paley’s recent trip to Georgia will be on-hand at the Supra, including several recipes Chef Paley brought back from Georgia. The dolma with sumac-spiced yogurt, for example, were perfected alongside chefs at Hotel Zuzumbo in Telavi, Georgia, who graciously shared their recipe for lamb-stuffed grape leaves, as well as others.
Wine will also flow throughout the evening, with a curated selection from Georgian wine expert Jeff Vejr of Les Caves. Vejr, who is also the low-intervention winemaker and owner of Golden Cluster, has traveled extensively through Eastern Europe, and Georgia in particular, looking for new, old, and exciting wines to bring back to Portland.
The Georgian wine list created for the event includes several firsts: the wines from Shalauri Winery, a traditional producer in Telavi, Georgia that Chef Paley visited last year, will be poured for the first time in Oregon. The Rosa Rosa Supra will also feature the first Oregon Saperavi varietal wine from Vinous Obscura by Golden Cluster, vinified and aged in Oregon-made amphora made by Andrew Beckham, owner of NOVUM Ceramics and Beckham Estate in Sherwood.
This dinner honors the food, wine, and craftsmanship of Georgian culture through the Oregon lense of Chef Paley, Winemaker Vejr, and Potter Beckham, respectively. Reservations for the Rosa Rosa Supra can be found online and space is limited. Dinner cost, which includes all food, wine pairings and service fee, is $95 per person.
GEORGIAN SUPRA FEAST AT ROSA ROSA
WHAT: Georgian Supra Feast
WHEN: Saturday, August 24th, 6:30 pm to close
WHERE: Rosa Rosa (750 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205)
HOW: Tickets are $95 per person, includes all food, beverages and service. Tickets can be purchased here.
ABOUT ROSA ROSA
In late 2018, renowned Chef Vitaly Paley opened his fifth restaurant, Rosa Rosa, located in Downtown Portland on the ground floor of the Dossier. Vitaly Paley, the James Beard Award-winning chef of Paley’s Place, Imperial, Headwaters and The Crown opened Rosa Rosa with his partner and wife, Kimberly Paley, and Executive Chef Kenny Giambalvo. Rosa Rosa, named after Paley’s grandmother Rosa and as an ode to the City of Roses, takes inspiration from the rich culinary traditions born across the Ottoman and Roman Empires, from the Caucasus Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. With Rosa Rosa, Chef Paley brings together ingredients and flavors from