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Zamir Gotta, Colter Bay team up for Anthony Bourdain tribute

Heartbroken by the June death of "No Reservations" travel companion Anthony Bourdain, Russian-turned-Buffalonian Zamir Gotta has organized a tribute night to cherish the memories of the Travel Channel/CNN star, celebrity chef and author.

From 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23 at Colter Bay (561 Delaware Ave.), Gotta will relay personal stories from his trips with Bourdain, take part in a Q&A, recap popular episodes from the series and introduce live music by friend Geno McManus. At 9 p.m., the premiere episode of the final season of CNN's "Parts Unknown," starring Bourdain, will be televised at the bar.

For each drink purchased, $2 will be donated to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County. Bourdain's death was ruled suicide not long after his body was found in Strasbourg, France.

The tagline for the event is stirring: "Celebrate the life and legacy of the man who showed us the beauty in food, the world, and, most importantly, each other."

The organizer's vodka brand, Zamir Vodka, has donated samples for the event, too, via Certo Brothers. Gotta moved to Buffalo in 2016 because he fell in love with the city after visiting with Bourdain for a "Rust Belt" episode. Buffalo Rising has an interview with Gotta, here.

While news of the event has already generated a buzz on Facebook, Gotta's own comment, in regard to Sunday evening, drew its own reaction.

"No reservations needed."

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- Social media reaction in Buffalo to Bourdain's death
- Smiles at Zamir Gotta's From Russia to Buffalove pairing night

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