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As Geneva's wine-tasting annual event "Caves Ouvertes" cannot take place this year due to COVID-19, the organizers have arranged a new concept the Caves Ouvertes à la Maison! You will still be able to enjoy wine-tasting among your friends, but in your own home or office. The fun will be back next year where wineries open their doors and prepare all sorts of fun events for the whole family.

The way it is set up is more convivial with a smaller group at home. You will find that every vineyard in the area have organized a "tasting pack" consisting of 6 bottles.

Here's how it works:
1. Choose your "tasting" card in a participating winery. See list below. Choose one producer from the list on the website. Ask your neighbours and friends if they would like to order a pack. Receive the wine and have a wine-tasting at home with your friends and neighbors (respecting the imposed social distancing measures).
2. Share info on this order with your entourage and/or your neighborhood in order to centralize all orders. 
3. You contact the winery and place the bulk order for the "tasting" boxes (minimum 2 boxes).
4. You collect the forms from your friends and/or neighbors.
5. The cellar delivers all the boxes to you. You pay the total invoice and you take care of the distribution of the boxes to your entourage and/or neighborhood. 
6. Send your photos of your event by Messenger on the Genève Terroir Facebook page. They will include them on this page. Attach your address and you will receive small gifts (sommelier corkscrews, card games, etc.).

Here is a form that you can use for ordering.


In light of what this pandemic has imposed on us, one of the first things folks are pinning for (apart from the hairdresser) is a good meal out to celebrate, enjoy the beautiful weather, and socialize with friends and family again. But in the meantime, restaurants are really struggling financially and could do with some pre-paid meals on your behalf. You are going to spend the money at that restaurant anyways, so why not do it now? You can have solidarity with restaurant owners and know that you will be supporting them throughout the shutdown period.

Who started this initiative and why?
#AidonsNosRestaurants is a campaign launched by LaFourchette and Tripadvisor to support the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 crisis. 

How can I prepay for a meal at one of my favorite restaurants?
You can "buy a prepaid voucher" on the restaurant page, and choose an amount between Fr. 10.- and Fr. 250.-; all gestures count — from the smallest to the largest.

Is the payment secure?
LaFourchette and Tripadvisor have chosen Stripe, a payment system recognized for supporting secure transactions.

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We were recently contacted by The Randin Chef, Michel Randin, and were bowled over by the glowing reviews that we were sent. Michel organizes cooking workshops and we asked him a few questions.

Why did you start? What has been the inspiration?

I’m Swiss. I love to cook. And I’ve married into a big South Indian family. It was inevitable that I turned my hand to Indian cuisine during my 16-year marriage!

The idea for The Randin Chef came to me after hearing so many people say they avoid using Indian spices because they never know how much to use or what to mix. I want to show people that Indian cooking can be easy and that contrary to popular belief, it does not take a long time to make healthy and flavourful dishes with just a few key ingredients.

My inspiration came from my wife’s aunt, Renee D’Souza, who has been my mentor and keenest supporter. She loves cooking as much as I do and when we visited her in India in 2014, she took me under her wing and showed me how to make several dishes from Mangalore and Goa, situated in the South of India. She was a patient teacher who gave me the confidence to reproduce everything I learnt once I got back to Switzerland and the knowledge to experiment with these spices on my own.

This is the feeling that I hope to transmit to participants at my workshops. I want them to learn-by-doing so that they have the confidence to create these dishes at home to enjoy with their family and friends.

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It often happens that baked goods are the path to success... and after baking for her family, that is exactly what happened to this mother! Olga Johnson, the owner of Christie's Bakery, came from a background far removed from the gastronomic field. We asked her a few questions:

When and why did you start Christie’s Bakery?

My background started in bank management positions. I moved to London and later to Geneva with my husband and after the children started school, I took advantage of this free time to delve into my own hobbies, baking being one of them. My first cakes were such a success that my friends started to ask if they can order from me! That was 3 years ago and since then I have hundreds of happy clients in Geneva and even in Lausanne, Montreux and neighboring France who have ordered cakes from me.

What is behind the name, Christie's Bakery?

My daughter’s name is Christina and since she is my inspiration, I kept the name of my home bakery to my tea room as well. So she is the real boss behind the scenes!

What is your background: nationality, education, why Geneva?

I was born in Ukraine, my parents are Russian. I have university degrees in finance, law and business. And baking is my passion. Our family moved to Geneva due to my husband’s job. And honestly this was my dream since I first visited Switzerland more than 10 years ago. Geneva was love at first sight!

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When and why did you start The Brown_e?

I started thinking about The Brown_e in 2018. I have always liked baking and, of course, eating homemade desserts. In March last year I realized I could not find what I was looking for when I wanted something sweet and fudgy so I created the concept I would have liked to find myself.

I started The Brown_e website months later and in February 2019 I started at Plainpalais Market. At the end of September 2019 I got a place at the Marché du Leman on Sundays.

What is behind the name?

Finding the brownie recipe I was dreaming of is one of the reasons why I started this project and I wanted it to be the name. As I started as e-commerce only, I wanted to add
the underscore and replace the « i ». The « e » represents the environment. We encourage our customers to reuse our packaging and our paper bags or bring their own
containers. We do not use plastic and ingredients are locally sourced. We do not own a car, and all our orders are delivered by public transport or by bike. One of our long-term
goals is to have a carbon neutral The Brown_e shop.