Monday, October 16th 6:00 pm @ Dhamaka, NYC

Join us for an exclusive and unparalleled multi-flavor South Asian culinary experience in support of South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) in it’s efforts to engage, empower, enrich & integrate underserved South Asian & all immigrant communities of NYC

SACSS is the largest provider of integrated Social Services for the South Asian immigrant population in the metro NY region. In 2022, SACSS served 175,000+ New Yorkers with vital services like culturally relevant foodhealthcare, mental health support, job preparednesswomen economic empowerment programpublic benefits access and senior care.

In order to continue providing these critical services, SACCS needs all of the support it can get for its fundraising and new program efforts. 

This year, our unique fundraiser, ‘Be Seated for SACSS,’ promises to be an intimate, memorable experience for food enthusiasts alike, who will indulge in a delightful several-course dinner while supporting the incredible work of SACSS. 

We are elated to have SACSS awardees and ambassadors Roni Mazumdar, founder of Unapologetic Foods, James Beard and Michelin Star Chefs/Partners Chintan Pandya and Vijay Kumar, who will curate delectable dishes from their globally renowned restaurants.

The evening will continue with an engaging, mind-blown performance by magician and mentalist Nitin Ramlall who specializes in virtual and live mindreading for corporate and private events worldwide. Those who want to volunteer to have their minds explored can step up to the plate, while those who prefer to observe can do so in amazement.

Happening on World Food Day during Global Diversity Month, ‘Be Seated for SACSS’ is all for a great cause in partnership with Unapologetic Foods, Dhamaka, Masalawala, Kebabwala, Rowdy Rooster, Semma and Adda Indian Canteen. 

Wield power of dignity and resilience by being the changemaker in SACSS’ transformative work! 

Support the cause! Sponsor the evening!

Our Ambassadors

Chintan Pandya

Chintan Pandya, Executive Chef and Partner of Unapologetic Foods Group, leads six NYC restaurants. He earned the 2022 James Beard Foundation Best Chef award for Dhamaka, redefining Indian cuisine in the US. With a mission to elevate perceptions of Indian food, Pandya garners recognition for his innovative approach, consistently pushing culinary boundaries and receiving numerous accolades.

Roni Mazumdar

Roni Mazumdar, the creative force behind Unapologetic Foods, has ignited the NYC dining scene. A prominent restaurateur, he’s actively involved with the New York State Restaurant Association, City Harvest’s Food Council, and No Kid Hungry, striving to eliminate childhood hunger. Recognized for his achievements, Crain’s New York Business named him to the esteemed 40 Under 40 Class of 2020.

Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar, hailing from a small town near Madurai, India, honed his culinary skills in Indian restaurants across the Bay Area after moving to the US. His journey led him to join Unapologetic Foods and establish Semma in 2021. The same year, the restaurant attained a prestigious Michelin star, a remarkable feat for an Indian eatery in the US.