Food and Russian culture are two of Alissa's greatest passions. Born to a family of avid readers and lovers of all things cinematic, she grew up exposed to the classics of Russian and world cinema and literature.History was also a subject that resonated in her household: Alissa's great-grandmother Rosalia and her son Yuri (my grandpa) were Jewish-Ukrainian Holocaust survivors, and she'd also witnessed the Russian Revolution as a child in the late 1910s. Sometimes she felt that she too had lived through those monumental historical episodes, so vivid were their stories. Eventually Alissa realized that it is through food that she could establish the most profound and meaningful connection to her family, and to her great-grandma in particular. Within a year of setting up her Instagram account, Alissa had decided to quit her job and embark on a new project that would encompass her love of food and expertise in cinema: a cinema-supper club called KinoVino. Since its launch in 2015, KinoVino has established a reputation as one of London's most original projects, redefining the food and film scene and featured in Vogue, Olive, Vice, The Curious Pear, Khoollect, Time Out, the Telegraph and on BBC Radio 4's Food Programme. Partnerships, clients and collaborations include AirBnB, Pantone, Seedlip, Tanqueray, The Severn Sisters, Adidas, The Food Network and the Evening Standard. Alissa was also shortlisted for the 2017 Young British Foodie Awards.Find out more on Instagram @borsch_and_no_tears, Twitter @borschnotears and at www.kinovino.org.