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Sustainable Wine Dinner
Sustainable Wine Dinner

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Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series
May 11, June 8

Sustainable Wine+Dinner IV
Thursday, May 11
Palumbo Wines (Temecula)

6 – 9 p.m.

$130 for members / $150 for nonmembers

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

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we’re launching a series of evenings that put a spotlight on the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and sustainability in engaging new ways.

We’ve partnered with four local, environmentally friendly wineries whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom five-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 – Reggie’s Bistro, the terraces of Mahale Mountains, the Amazonian stilt house of Rainforest of the Americas, and 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

Sustainable Wine+Dinner IV

Palumbo Wines (Temecula)

Thursday, May 11
6-9 p.m.

Birds of a Feather

One of the Palumbo Family Vineyards’ many commitments to sustainability is its use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. This strategy involves creating conditions that promote beneficial microbes, insects, and other organisms to reduce the need for conventional chemical pest and weed control. An important part of IPM is the presence of raptors such as owls and hawks that naturally control rodents. This special dinner experience includes a presentation about sustainable farming practices and the importance of animals such as raptors—with an appearance by some of our fine, feathered residents.


Thursday, May 11

Burrata and Stone Fruit Toast
Open-face Grilled Pork Belly Sliders
Albacore Tuna Tartar with Finger Lime, Ginger, and Sesame
2015 Grenache Blanc
2012 Cellar Dweller

Pork Terrine, Endive Salad, Grainy Mustard, Pickled Stone Fruit
2013 Grenache

Duck Confit, Fresh California Cherry and Beet Salad
2013 Bella Vigna Sangiovese

Oxtail Raviolo, Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Ricotta, Beef Jus
2012 Sophia’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Date and Almond Braised Lamb Shank, English Peas, Dill, Farro Porridge
2013 Meritage “Tre Fretelli”


Sustainable Wine+Dinner V

J. Lohr Wines (Paso Robles)

Thursday, June 8
6-9 p.m.

The Dry Life

Dine in proximity to the Peninsular pronghorn for “The Dry Life,” featuring J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, which is committed to sustainable cultivation methods, including water conservation. By implementing a wide-ranging water conservation plan (everything from streamlining barrel washing procedures to increasing the capacity of the wastewater treatment facility to installing low flow/high pressure hose nozzles), J. Lohr was able to reduce the amount of water needed to produce one gallon of wine from 3.5 gallons in 2003 to 1.1 gallons in 2012. Peninsular pronghorn are also water conservationists. This subspecies of American pronghorn is native to arid desert and semi-desert regions in Baja California, Mexico. More compact than their larger cousins found on the Great Plains, they obtain much of the moisture they need to survive from the sagebrush, shrubs, grasses, and cacti that they eat. Enjoy this dinner along with a special talk by the L.A. Zoo’s Curator of Mammals, Josh Sisk.


Thursday, June 8

Risotto Croquette with Cantaloupe and Crispy Prosciutto
Smoked Salmon Mousse Crostini with Cucumber and Jalepeno
Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese
2015 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguie
2016 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Beet Tartare with Plums, Sungold Tomato, Pistachios, Yogurt, and Sumac
2013 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay

Charred Octopus with Smoky Eggplant, Summer Squashes, Spanish Chorizo, and Fried Chickpeas
2015 J. Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

Bone in Pork Chop with Cherry Harissa, Brentwood Corn Polenta, and Wilted Chard
2014 J. Lohr Tower Road Petit Sirah

Blueberry Ice Cream, Grilled Masumoto Peaches, Sweet Corn Biscotti
2014 J. Lohr Late Harvest White Riesling

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