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LDNY Presents: Make Your Own Smash Burger with Gotham Burger Social Club

Monday, July 22, 2024

LDNY Presents: Savor the Sunset, Lebanese Style

Wednesday, August 21, 2024

LDNY Presents: Make Your Own Smash Burger with Gotham Burger Social Club

*Note: Non-meat burger options are available

Ticket price does not include processing fees. All ticket sales are final. Must be 21+ years of age to attend this event. Portion of proceeds benefit the LDNY Scholarship Fund.

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to master the griddle at this private, hands-on cooking demo and instruction at the popular Gotham Burger Social Club’s original Lower East Side location (featured in magazines like Conde Nast Traveler). Hosted by Gotham Burger partner, Dame Tanya Shevloff-Roth, and founder Mike Puma, we’ll start with welcome aperitif cocktails and some of the restaurant’s signature small plates such as loaded tots, followed by a detailed smash burger cooking demo by Mike. Then we’ll hit the griddles to make our own burgers in the restaurant’s open kitchen environment, all under Mike’s and Tanya’s expert tutelage. Classic and innovative fixings and sides will also be on the menu.

Once we’re digging into the fruits of our labor, Dame Francine Kowalsky will present two perfect burger pairings wines—a Ferrari Spumante bubbly and Argentine Malbec from Familia Cassone—walking us through a wine tasting and talking about the pairing elements of both.

L to R: Dame Tanya Shevloff-Roth, Mike Puma, Dame Francine Kowalsky

Dame Tanya Shevloff-Roth, Partner, The Gotham Burger Social Club / @tanya_shevroth

English, Turkish, American – steeped overnight in Asian spice, rubbed with freshness and shrimp butter – that’s Tanya. Since childhood, she’s gravitated toward food. Whether hovering near her family’s Turkish restaurant’s vertical roasting lamb or observing her uncle’s work at the butcher shop while perched on an olive barrel, food has been her calling. Through her years in hospitality, Tanya discovered her passion for both the kitchen’s chaos and the restaurant’s front of the house warmth. Crafting genuine, honorable dining experiences is her life’s pursuit.

Mike Puma, Founder, The Gotham Burger Social Club / @gothamburgersocialclub

For nearly three decades, Mike Puma has proudly called NYC his home. After sharing his love of burgers and cooking for a decade on social media, Puma managed to transform his passion into curating one of the city’s most illustrious pop-up foodie experiences. Over the course of three years, Puma’s culinary smashmanship has left an indelible mark serving hundreds of thousands of burgers fueled by nostalgic flavor and gaining an ever-growing huge following.

Dame Francine Kowalsky, Owner, WineDistilled / @francine.kowalsky

A graduate of Brandeis University and of the Culinary Institute of America, Francine followed her family’s footsteps in the Wine Industry and went to work for Frederick Wildman and Sons, one of the leading fine wine importers in the US. At Frederick Wildman, Francine held many different roles in Sales and Marketing, lastly as the AVP of Marketing for the Italian, South American and New World portfolios. Today Francine is the owner of WineDistilled, a sales and marketing firm dedicated to the wine and spirits industry. In addition to her wine and spirits business, Francine teaches cooking to children in an After School Program in Forest Hills.

LDNY Presents: Savor the Sunset, Lebanese Style

  • Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2024
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Sahadi Kiosk, Pier 57
  • Tickets*: LDNY Members $40 / General Public $50

Join us for a night of delightful flavors and enchanting views. Savor the wines of Chateau Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest winery, alongside an array of delicious small plates at this informal outdoor tasting and picnic while taking in the sunset behind Little Island.

We will be joined by a member of the Sahadi family, who will give us a brief history of their iconic store and an overview of Lebanese spices and cooking. This will be followed by a wine presentation and tasting by Dame May Matta-Aliah, Brand Ambassador for Chateau Ksara, featuring a range of five of their wines.

*Ticket price does not include processing fees. All ticket sales are final. Portion of proceeds benefit the LDNY Scholarship Fund.


May Matta-Aliah, President, In the Grape

Dame May Matta-Aliah is a wine educator and President of In the Grape. She represents the regions of Franciacorta and Armagnac as their Educator. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, May has launched several Lebanese wines in the NY market. She currently represents Chateau Ksara. IG @inthegrape

Odila Galer-Noel, Founder, PRonCall LLC

Dame Odila Galer-Noel is a seasoned public relations professional with extensive experience in the American and international wine and spirits market. Her passion for storytelling and crafting personalized and innovative campaigns for producers and importers has led her to establish long- term and privileged relationships with relevant media and the wine and spirits trade. An Argentine-born NYC resident, Odila enjoys traveling, discovering new and exciting dining spots and sipping a glass of wine with family and friends. IG @odilagalernoel


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