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"Food & Culture" - Exploring Russia

  • Dec 5, 2013 · 7:45 PM
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This is a start of our new series called "Food and Culture", which aims at exploring various countries / regions around the world by examining the traditions and culture of a region through the lens of its food and music.

This event is for those members who like to try different cuisines and explore cultures and traditions in the company of other passionate members with the same aim.

Our first destination to explore is Russia, and we have chosen the unique and authentic dining experience of the Russia House, located on the corner of Connecticut and Florida in the DuPont Circle neighborhood as our venue of choice for hosting this event.

Reminiscent of the era of the Tsars, this place offers a Russian-European elegance of ambiance and a great place to savor the traditional Russian cuisine, with a variety of about 200 different brands of Vodka, Wines from Georgia and an special evening of live musical performance of traditional, folk and modern Russian music.

So what are some of the most common traditional foods ?

Borshch is beet soup, and one of the most famous Russian traditional foods. Beets seem a strange base for soup to many Westerners, but there are plenty of reasons that this hearty soup is one of Russia’s most famous dishes. Full of vegetables and meat, the layered flavors in this soup are especially nice with a dollop of fresh sour cream.

Pirozhki are little pastries packed full of potatoes, meat, lamb (baranina) cabbage, or cheese.

Caviar often served on dark, crust bread or with blini which are like pancakes or crepes. Caviar on buttered bread is a popular zakuska (term for little bites)

Pelemeni are pastry dumplings filled typically with meatballs. They can be served alone, slathered in butter and topped with sour cream, or in a soup broth. Definitely a favorite in Russia and abroad

Smetana, is a sour cream accompanying almost any Russian traditional food—with crepes, in soups, and even sometimes in dessert. Often, this sour cream is fresh and often melts into any warm dish, adding to its distinctive flavor.

A brief introduction to the Music of Russian

Russian music went through a long history, beginning from ritual folk song and the sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church. The 19th century saw the rise of highly acclaimed Russian classical music, and in 20th century major contributions by various composers such as Igor Stavinsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Vladimir Vavilov while the modern styles of Russian popular music developed, including Russian rock and Russian pop.

Russian pop music is well developed, and enjoys mainstream success via pop music media such as MTV Russia, Muz TV and various radio stations. A number of pop artists have broken through in recent years. The Russian duet t.A.T.u is the most successful Russian pop band of its time having reached number one in many countries around the world, with several of their singles and albums. Other popular artists include the Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan, as well as Philipp Kirkorov, Vitas and Alsou.

Our evening music performance shall feature violinist Rafael Javadov who is a soloist, arranger and a Musical Director of "Acoustic Machine," a group which was created as a result of a spontaneous fusion of European, African and Latin notions. The group has a unique dimensional style that fluctuates from a tight beat to jazz and elevates to complexity of a classical composition. He has also played in one of the top Ukrainian Symphony (Dnepropetrovsk) after graduating from world renowned Special Tchaikovsky Music School.

Rafael will make a special performance for our group, of traditional, classical and modern Russian songs as we nosh through the traditional Russian cuisine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ-SeGa9Oqs

As with our group, you pay no additional charges, other than pay for your own dinner and drinks. However, the only request we make is that you be responsible in your RSVP's as no shows and late cancellations prevent others on the wait list of a spot and make these events difficult to organize.

A link to the Dinner menu - http://www.russiahouselounge.com/menu.html

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  • Rodolfo

    Great evening of traditional russian cuisine, with a special music performance and a splendid fun group of people. The Pelemeni was delicious and I enjoyed the Shashlik with vodka. The dinner service and seating for our group was great as well ! Thanks to all who managed their RSVP's responsibly !!

    1 · December 6, 2013

    • Robin L.

      I had a great time. Looking forward to more good times. Robin

      1 · December 6, 2013

  • Mary N

    Awesome experience with great conversation!

    2 · December 6, 2013

  • David K.

    Again, another great evening with engaging and interesting members of the group.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Awesome cultural experience. The food was great. I have a new favorite vodka drink (salted karamel). Enjoyed meeting new people and seeing familiar faces.

    2 · December 5, 2013

  • Rodolfo

    With just about 48 hours remaining to this event, If your plans have changed, Please do remember to update your RSVP at your earliest. There is no extra cost or commitment to buy a fixed meal, as our primary objective is to allow our members to pick and enjoy what they like from the dinner menu and pay only for what you order.

    As always with our events, Success is based on your responsible management of RSVP's as we plan to put together a fun and enjoyable dining experience, working with the restaurant managers.

    This special event will feature a live music performance by Rafael who has played in one of the top Ukrainian Symphony (Dnepropetrovsk). Looking forward to seeing you all ...

    December 3, 2013

  • Debbi

    hi,

    are we ordering a la carte from the menu, or is there a fixed meal?

    (I should avoid this when I'm hungry...) hope you all had a good holiday ;)

    December 2, 2013

    • Rodolfo

      We are ordering from the menu. As always each one picks their choice of dinner and drink.

      December 2, 2013

  • Corbin

    Was very much looking forward to this, but will not be able to make it. Have fun. Corbin

    December 2, 2013

  • Marga (.

    Really wanted to go to this. :-( Need to cancel due to an unavoidable conflict. Maybe I will get lucky and find a spot at the Pairing Spanish Tapas & Wine meeting. Enjoy!

    December 2, 2013

  • Rodolfo

    Please remember to update your RSVP if your plans of attending has changed as it would provide sufficient time to those on the wait list to make plans of attending.

    Looking forward to this event. We will have a special seating in the Piano room for dinner and a live performance by Rafael Javadoc. Rafael has played in one of the top Ukrainian Symphony (Dnepropetrovsk) after graduating from world renowned Special Tchaikovsky Music School.

    November 26, 2013

  • David F

    I'm in and looking forward to it.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great. But once again I'm out of town ... Enjoy!!!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Rodolfo

    This event shall be announced to our members on November 17th. This is the start of our new periodic series "Food & Culture". As with our group, you pay no additional charges, other than pay for your own dinner and drinks. However, the only request we make is that you be responsible in your RSVP's as no shows and late cancellations prevent others on the wait list of a spot and make these events difficult to organize.

    1 · November 17, 2013

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