‘Gotta’ be there: Drink with Zamir as he watches himself get drunk
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • October 31, 2012 @ 10:44am
As you’ll find, No Reservations’ Zamir Gotta plays into a lot of stereotypes that Americans give to Russians, regardless of their accuracy. He adores vodka, speaks with a thick accent, isn’t hesitant to be unruly and is open to having a good time. (He, however, does not appear to be violent. Stupid American movies.)
Gotta’s swinging in from Moscow for IN, Buffalo’s monthly local food industry night presented by Feed Your Soul Productions and Christa Glennie Seychew. Held at 9 p.m. Monday at Mike A’s Steakhouse (and lobby) at the Hotel at the Lafayette, IN will afford Buffalo the chance to chill with Zamir, drink Double Cross Vodka and watch the final episode of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations featuring Anthony Bourdain.
General admission runs for $20, which includes one specialty cocktail crafted by Mike A’s mixologist Tony Rials, the viewing party, light snacks and chill time with Zamir. From experience I know that Rials mixes a mean Americano, but he’ll be using Double Cross Vodka for this venture.
A VIP package for $50—which is now sold out—boasts a specialty cocktail, exclusive seating at Mike A’s, owner-chef Mike Andrzejewski’s rendition of “Bourdain’s Last Meal” (bone marrow, pork belly and foie gras), gifts from Double Cross Vodka and a photo with Zamir. You can be jealous of these folks and gently pick on them if they get goose liver on their chins.
There’s also an “Anthony Bourdain Look-alike” contest during the event, but it requires prior registration. It shouldn’t be too hard to win this contest, which spans between 9:30 and 11 p.m. and provides “glory, a photo with Zamir and an assortment of prizes” to the winner. Hints: use stiff hair gel, look as stately as possible and often wear a blazer over a t-shirt.
Be aware that the YouTube video below is a bit of a spoiler—it’s a cut from the Nov. 5 final episode that stars Zamir and Bourdain at Brighton Beach in New York. You’ll get quite the taste of Zamir, if you’re unfamiliar with who he is.