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ODS TURKEY is a leading Destination Management Company based in Istanbul, serving all destinations in Turkey. It is privately owned, limited company founded in 1999 by Sadik Caglar and Hasan Dinç. At the root of ODS Turkey’s successful and exciting 18-year journey lie 30 years of industry experience, a great team of people and wonderful local and international partners they are proud to call friends.

ODS is an entity continuously striving for excellence, leading them to act and reflect, to execute and improve, to inspire and be inspired in order to serve clients best. How they get things done is as important to them as getting things done. Following their long-term orientation, they avoid the quick win and prefer to attain their goals in a solid pace, always keeping in mind the soundness of their company and quality of their services.


ODS Turkey
Turkish food: One of the world’s great cuisines...

July 2010

It's worth travelling to Turkey just to eat. Good Turkish cuisine is the very heart and soul of eastern Mediterranean cooking, which demands quality ingredients and careful preparation.

Turkish cuisine is seen as one of the three richest and oldest cooking traditions of the world. Ancient Turkish culinary traditions have successfully survived over 1300 years. Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cooking, which itself can be described as a fusion of Persian, Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Caucasian and Balkan influences.

Early historical documents show that the basic structure of the diet in Turkey was already established during the Nomadic Period and in the first settlement of the Turkish States of Asia. Culinary attitudes towards meat, dairy, vegetables and grains that characterized this early period are still the guiding principles of Turkish cusine.

Situated between Europe on one side and Asia on the other, Turkey has a geographic location that has made it a region visited by many nations. Each visiting culture has had its influence on the lives of the people living in what is now Turkey. The cuisine that we find in modern day Turkey is the result of these various influences on regional culture, of which the Ottoman Empire was foremost. Although some of the ingredients in the cuisine of the Turks can be dated back to the nomadic period, it was under the Muslim Empire the cuisine was formalized and developed.

Ingredients form the basic structure of Turkish cuisine. All dishes can be conveniently categorized: grain-based, grilled meats, vegetables, seafood, desserts and beverages. Dishes based on grains (rice and wheat) and vegetables still form the bulk of the daily diet. Each category of dishes contains only one or two types of main ingredients. Turks are purists in their culinary taste. The dishes are supposed to bring out the flavor of the main ingredient rather than hiding it under sauces or spices. Contrary to the prevalent Western impression of Turkish food, spices and herbs are used very simply and sparingly.

Turkish appetizers "Meze"
The Turkish appetizers, or "Meze," are a selection of cold and hot dishes served in small plates.

Grilled Meat "Kebab"
"Kebab" is another category of food which is typically Turkish. It dates back to the time when the nomadic Turks learned to grill and roast meat over camp fires. You are undoubtedly familiar with  "kebabs" or "shish kebabs," the skewers of meat that are well known around the world. There are numerous other grilled kebabs.

Vegetables Cooked in Olive Oil
Turkey is one of the biggest olive and olive oil producers in the world. Therefore, food cooked in olive oil is an indispensible part of our cuisine.

Bordered on three sides by seas, crossed by great rivers and creeks and dotted with lakes, Turkey is a nation of rich waterways. The fish living in these bodies of salt and fresh water hold an important place in Turkish culinary culture.

Turkish Desserts Beyond the "Baklava"
The most well known Turkish sweets are the Turkish Delight and the "baklava," giving the impression that these may be the typical desserts eaten after meals. This is not true. Turkey is a dessert heaven! Hundreds of years of food culture and traditions left many types mouth watering sweets behind.

Traditional Turkish drinks
Two of the best drinks you can try in Turkey are coffee and tea. Turkish people have a reputation as making some of the best coffees and teas in the world.

The King of the table, "Rakı"
"Rakı" is the most popular alcoholic drink amongst Turkish people. "Rakı" can be made from many different fruits, but the beverage’s most traditional and popular form starts with raisins. The art of distillation began in the Arab world and was spread to neighboring countries. Raki has been made for over 300 years, and with the addition of anise seed, the "Turkish Rakı" gained its standing on the table of the Turks.

Some fantastic culinary expereince in Istanbul

  • Kadıköy Market Tour with Southeastern Anatolian Lunch
  • Spice Market walk with lunch at a Kebab Restaurant
  • Breakfast at the Beşiktaş Market, Bosphorus Cruise and Ortaköy Streetfood
  • Ecologic People’s Market and Lunch at a Vegetarian Restaurant
  • Pera Market Walk and Lunch
  • Eat & Shop like locals at the Grand Bazaar
  • Istanbul Streetfood Walk
  • Home Hosted Dinners
  • Culinary Cruise around Prince’s Islands in Istanbul
  • Turkish Flavours Study Lunch
  • Multicultural Cuisines: Sephardic, Greek , Armenian
  • Hands on experience in a Turkish Restaurant with a well known Turkish Chef
  • Corporate Culinary Events


For more information, please contact Mr. Sadik Caglar or Mr. Hasan Dinç at turkey@euromic.com

Turkish Cuisine


Grilled Meat Kebab

Turkish Desserts

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Tea