“Masmavi, yemyeşil” – bluest blue, greenest green – is how the landscape in the north of Turkey is often described. Nestled between the verdant Kaçkar mountains and the Black Sea Coast is the homeland of the Laz people, a distinct ethnic minority with roots reaching back thousands of years. Sharing influences from its Ottoman history as well as its Georgian and Armenian neighbours, this famously independent people continue to celebrate their unique language, music and cuisine. Laz food is notable for its extensive use of corn and the abundant anchovies (hamsi) that school in the Black Sea from September to April. Chef Murat Ozsuvari and Tolga Ay of M&T Food Services return to The Dep with a special meal showcasing many of the unique specialties of this region.