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.
Native and Natural
Some of the Robert Hall Winery’s sustainability practices include preserving and restoring the property’s native oak trees, and offering protected habitat for wildlife. Cover crops are grown between the vines to decrease soil erosion. Located throughout the vineyards are owl boxes that are specifically designed to attract barn owls, which manage pests. Learn about the importance of native plants and natural pest control with Lili Singer of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants and Wild Flowers and Curator of Birds Mike Maxcy.
For the Generations
Ancient Peaks Winery represents the shared vision of three longtime local wine producing and ranching families with a commitment to sustainable practices that will ensure the health of their vineyards and the surrounding habitat for generations to come. Zoos make commitments to protect endangered species by maintaining sustainable populations of the animals in their care. Discover what makes the Zoo’s chimpanzee program a model for zoos around the world and how our support and expertise are applied to vital conservation efforts in the field. Curator of Primates Candace Sclimenti will introduce the multigenerational troop, one of the largest in North America, and share stories about a recent trip to Cameroon train staff at Limbe Wildlife Centre and Ape Action Africa.
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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