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Sustainable Wine Dinner Series

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we’re launching a series of evening events that puts a spotlight on the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and sustainability in an engaging new way.

Event Snapshot

Sustainable Wine Dinner Series
February 11, March 16, April 27, May 11

Sustainable Wine Dinner I
Sex and the City Zoo
Saturday, February 11
Foxen Winery (Santa Maria)

Reception and lecture: 5 – 7 p.m.
Dinner (optional): 7 – 9 p.m.

Reception and lecture only
$30 for members / $40 for nonmembers

Reception, lecture, and five-course dinner
$130 for members / $140 for nonmembers

Farm-to-table dinners, local wineries, and an exciting take on conservation and sustainability

For each of the four evenings, we’ve partnered with a local, environmentally friendly winery whose wines serve as the inspiration for a five-course, farm-to-table dinner menu (optional for Sex and the City Zoo).

These unforgettable events include:

  • A conversation with a curator or keeper about one of the many vital conservation projects in which the Zoo currently participates
  • A winery spokesperson on hand to introduce each of the wines and describe their sustainable approach
  • A custom five-course, farm-to-table dinner menu created by our own executive chef, Brad Robertson

Sustainable Wine Dinner I

Sex and the City Zoo

Sex and the City Zoo

Saturday, February 11
Foxen Winery (Santa Maria)

Reception and lecture: 5 – 7 p.m.
Dinner (optional): 7 – 9 p.m.

The series begins on February 11, coinciding with our annual celebration of romance in the animal kingdom, Sex and the City Zoo.

Guests can purchase tickets for just the Sex and the City Zoo wine reception and provocative presentation in the Witherbee Auditorium, or a complete package that includes the Sustainable Wine Dinner as well.

Menu

West Coast Oyster on the Half Shell, Green Apple, Pistachio, Sorrel
Foxen “Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard” Chenin Blanc, 2014

Cauliflower Soup, Duck Rillette, Golden Raisin, Capers
Foxen “Bien Nacido Vineyard” Block UU Chardonnay, 2015

Rigatoni, Lamb Ragu, Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Saffron, Currants, Mint, Breadcrumbs
Foxen “John Sebastiano Vineyard” Pinot Noir, 2014

Braised Beef Short Rib, Horseradish Gremolata, Slow Roasted Carrots, Parsnip-Potato Puree
Foxen “Vogelzang Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

Chocolate Mousse, California Berries, Hazelnuts, Lemon Balm
Foxen “Barberena Vineyard” Mission, 2013

All menu items may be made vegetarian. Please contact Melissa Grossenbacher at [email protected] with any dietary restrictions.

Sustainable Wine Dinner II

Thursday, March 16
Sanford Winery (Lompoc)

Sustainable Wine Dinner III

Thursday, April 27
Malibu Wines (Malibu)

Sustainable Wine Dinner IV

Thursday, May 11
Palumbo Wines (Temecula)

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