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'No Reservations' finale party at Lafayette to feature Bourdain sidekick Zamir

On the occasion of its last episode, fans of Anthony Bourdain's international eating adventure show "No Reservations" will have a fine chance to say goodbye at the Lafayette Hotel on Nov. 5.

Zamir Gotta, Bourdain's Russian fixer-sidekick, will be the star for once, at a farewell viewing party featuring a Bourdain impersonator contest, and lots of Russian vodka.

Gotta has been a character on "No Reservations" since 2005. Viewers might remember him from the episode that included a Bourdain visit to Buffalo, broadcast in 2009. "Zamir, bringer of peace, singer of songs, drinker of vodka, guide to the Russian soul, accompanied Tony Bourdain in episodes in Uzbekistan, Russia, Romania, Rust Belt, and the Ukraine," says the website of No Reservations’ production company.

The event, on the first floor of the Lafayette Hotel from 9 p.m. to midnight, is hosted by Chef Mike Andrzejewski of Mike A's at the Lafayette and SeaBar, and organized by Feed Your Soul. It's a special edition of the every-other-Monday industry nights Feed Your Soul and Andrzejewski have launched at SeaBar.

It's $20 for light snacks and one specialty Moscow-inspired Double Cross vodka cocktail designed by Mike A's beverage whiz Tony Rials. For $50, get a photo with Gotta, a seat at Mike A's and a "Bourdain's Last Meal" appetizer, including tastes of foie gras, bone marrow and pork belly.

Here’s the website,, which contains details and the application for the Bourdain look-a-like contest.


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