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Experience the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and sustainability in an engaging new way.

Event Snapshot

Thursday, March 22
Fiddlehead Cellars (Lompoc)

Thursday, April 26
Ramona Ranch Wines (Ramona)

Thursday, May 31
Robert Hall Winery (Paso Robles)

Thursday, June 28
Ancient Peaks Winery (Santa Margarita)

$140 (Members)
$150 (Nonmembers)

Must be 21+ to attend

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

We’ve partnered with four local, environmentally friendly wineries whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom four-course, farm-to-table dinner menus created by our own executive chef, Brad Robertson.

Each unforgettable evening is set in a different location within the zoo – the terraces of Mahale Mountains, for example, or the Amazonian stilt house within Rainforest of the Americas, or the Cambodia viewing area of Elephants of Asia.

Along with the spectacular views, enjoy looking at sustainability from different angles – from agriculture to food and wine production to wildlife conservation. Each evening focuses on a different topic and features conversations with a curator or keeper, up-close animal encounters, and wine introductions from winery representatives.

Next Dinner

Thursday, March 22

Fiddlehead Cellars (Lompoc)

6–9 p.m.

Dinner Digest

Kathy Joseph established Fiddlehead Cellars in 1989 to capture the essence of two distinguished varietals-Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Before falling in love with viticulture, Kathy was on course to pursue a career in medicine with degrees in microbiology and biochemistry, disciplines that also play a significant role in winemaking. Join Animal Keeper Kevin Gorowski for a visit with the Zoo’s koalas and a glimpse at how microbiology and biochemistry make it possible for this marsupial species to survive on a diet that would be toxic to other animals.


Thursday, March 22

Smoked Chicken Liver Mousse and Chives on Brioche
Duck Confit and Wild Mushroom Won Ton
Profiteroles stuffed with Red Onion Marmalade and CA Goat Cheese
Pink Fiddle Rose of Pinot Noir, 2017

Smoked Trout and Pea Shoot Salad, Pickled Beets, Candied Lemon, Mustard Caviar, Buttermilk Vinaigrette
Fiddlehead Cellars, Sta. Rita Hills, Gruner Veltliner 2014

Prime Beef Tartare, Shallot, Cilantro-Mint Chimichurri, Harissa Mayo, Quail Egg
Fiddlehead Cellars Oregon Pinot Noir, 2014

Mary’s Chicken, Prosciutto, Shitake, English Pea Puree, Arugula
Fiddlehead Cellars 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir “Lollapalooza”

CA Chevre Cheesecake, Local Honeycomb, Lavender
Fiddlehead Cellars 2016 Late Harvest Gruner Veltliner “Sweetie”

April Dinner

Thursday, April 26

Ramona Ranch Wines (Ramona)

6–9 p.m.
Cambodia Terrace at Elephants of Asia

Raptors and Reptiles

Ramona Ranch Vineyard has been certified a sustainable vineyard and winery by the California Wine Institute. The winery has focused on sustainability since it was established in 2004, and was recently recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The vineyard features wind turbine and solar generators, owl boxes, and an insectary that attracts beneficial bugs and birds to improve the biodiversity of the farm. A wide range of wildlife resides at the winery, including several native raptors and beneficial snakes. Learn about some of the Zoo’s local raptors and reptiles with Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians Ian Recchio.


Thursday, April 26

Duck Prosciutto with Pickled Fennel and Parmesan
Bone Marrow, Pancetta, and Tangerine on Brioche
Roasted Mushroom Bruschetta
Romona Ranch, Chardonnay, 2014

Grilled Pork Shank, Pole Beans, Potato Puree, Vaudovan Butter
Ramona Ranch “Riata”, 2015

Coffee Rubbed Beef Carpaccio, Celery, Horseradish, Caperberry
Ramona Ranch Super Tuscan, 2014

Braised Lamb Cannelloni, Heirloom Tomato Sauce, Summer Squash, Wild Arugula
Ramona Ranch Sangiovese Reserve, 2015

Apricot Semifredo Raspberries, Caramel, and Toasted Almond
Ramona Ranch “Burlesque”, 2015

The Sustainable Wine+Dinner series is for ages 21 and older. Seating is limited.

GLAZA members: If you haven’t received your discount code, please go here and fill out the code request form.

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