Raffi KhorchidianFood, Wine, Whiskey, & Travel
What is life but a form of motion and a journey through a foreign world? Moreover locomotion — the privilege of animals — is perhaps the key to intelligence.George Santayana
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.Robert Louis Stevenson
Raffi Khorchidian has a passion for travel, and is constantly on the move for both business and personal pleasure. This time spent exploring the world has exposed Raffi to a variety of life perspectives and cultures that exist around the world. As a result, he has developed a deep appreciation for cultural cuisine, wine, and whiskey.
For Raffi, traveling presents the opportunity to broaden one’s horizons, learn, further develop intelligence and improve sociability. Similar to many philosophers during the Age of Enlightenment, Raffi understands that travel strengthens human society through the practice of commerce and interaction. That is why much of his travel is centered on experiencing the regional cuisine, wine and whiskey offering of each city.
Through the lense of food and drink, you can a much deeper understanding of a country and its people. Raffi Khorchidian is a firm believer that to truly understand a culture, you need to understand its cuisine.
Furthermore, traveling also provides a means of self-exploration and source of memories and unique experiences. As Michel de Montaigne argued, “Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men… This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves.”
To that end, Raffi Khorchidian has traveled to such places as London, United Kingdom; Marrakech, Morocco; Paris, France; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Prague, Czech Republic; Rome, Italy; Hanoi, Vietnam; New York, New York; Ubud, Indonesia; Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; St. Petersburg, Russia; Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan; Budapest, Hungary; Miami, Florida.
Food & Restaurants
Continually on a search for the most delectable dishes, Khorchidian stays up-to-date on latest trends and hottest restaurants around the world. Currently, his favorite restaurants include Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy; Eleven Madison Park, New York City; Bernardin, New York City; Noma, Copenhagen; Mirazur, Menton, France; The Ledbury, London; White Rabbit, Moscow; and Le Septime, Paris.
Wine & Whiskey
When it comes to wine, Raffi Khorchidian is particularly fond of drinks and wineries that overwhelm one’s senses. His favorite locations include places such as Napa, Rioja, and Bordeaux. As for whiskey, Khorchidian favors scotch and enjoys traveling to Scotland to taste the spirit straight from the source.
Raffi Khorchidian is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in start-up business venture development, finance, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. He manages a broad portfolio of private equity investments and has helped numerous entrepreneurs access capital through creative deal structuring.
Specializing in projections, market analysis, forecasting, research and development, Khorchidian offers sound advice on strategic matters concerning mergers and acquisitions and guiding companies into the public marketplace. He has developed strong investment banking relationships that extend from North America, Europe & Middle East through offices based in Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, Moscow and Zurich, Switzerland. These connections allow Khorchidian to unlock capital for businesses operating all over the world.