How Much Borscht Will Be Served at the Olympics?

How Much Borscht Will Be Served at the Olympics?
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How Much Borscht Will Be Served at the Olympics?

Read on to learn how borscht will be the food to "beet" during the winter Olympics.

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What Is Borscht?

Borscht is a soup consisting of some combination of beets, potatoes, tomatoes and often pork or beef. It can be served hot or cold.

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How Much Borscht?

It is estimated that 70,000 gallons of borscht will be served at the Olympics. That's 265,000 liters!

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How Many Staffers?

The games will employ 7,000 chefs, sous-chefs, bartenders, waiters and cashiers. No doubt, they will all be on hand to keep up with the demand for beet soup.

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Where Did Borscht Originate?

Borscht is the national dish of Ukraine, but according to Anya von Bremzen, author of Mastering the art of Soviet Cooking, the beet soup can be found and enjoyed all over Russia. Borscht is also recognized as a Jewish dish.

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How Do You Spell It?

Like its open origins, the spelling of borscht is vague. It can be spelled "borscht" or "borshch."

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Hungry for beet soup now? Try this recipe!

Almost-Instant Chilled Borscht


An Olympics in Russia? You know what that means? Borscht. Lots and lots of borscht. The organizers in Sochi are expecting sports fans and tourists alike to come out for the famous soup. You'll never guess how many gallons of it they plan to serve.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how much borscht will be served in Sochi and more on borscht's Olympic showing.

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