Farm-to-table dinners, local wineries, and an exciting take on conservation and sustainability
We’ve partnered with 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 – the terraces of Mahale Mountains, for example, or the Amazonian stilt house within Rainforest of the Americas, or the Cambodian 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.
Thanks to their presence in media, arts, and folklore, lions, giraffes, and vultures are recognizable to many people who might never actually see any of these wild animals. Their presence in popular culture means that they are important to people, but it also masks their precarious conservation status. In reality, giraffes, lions, and vultures are all facing what has been called a “silent extinction.” General Curator Beth Schaefer will discuss the challenges that these animals are facing in the wild and the collaborative efforts that scientists and conservationists are making to ensure that future generations might still see living giraffes, lions, and vultures in the wild.
Since its inception in 2011, Brave & Maiden has remained true to its vision of preserving the art of viticulture by producing estate-grown, handcrafted wines from its 46-acre vineyard in Santa Barbara County.
Under the direction of renowned Winemaker and Consultant Paul Hobbs and Winemaker Josh Klapper, Brave & Maiden’s wine program is a collaborative effort dedicated to the utmost level of quality and care from vineyard to bottle. A brand new, state-of-the-art winery and tasting facility bring to fruition Brave & Maiden’s desire to provide exceptional hospitality, offering spacious and stylish indoor and outdoor tasting areas from which to sample single-vineyard and red blend wines.
The SIP certified sustainable Brave & Maiden takes its name from the “Legend of Nojoqui” (naw-ho-wee), an indigenous variant of Romeo and Juliet. Set at the nearby Nojoqui Falls, the tale recounts the story of star-crossed lovers who choose sacrifice over separation. Inspired by such profound commitment, the vintners made one of their own: to craft extraordinary wines and to share them through unforgettable experiences.
The Sustainable Wine+Dinner series is for guests ages 21 and older. Seating is limited. No refunds or exchanges.
GLAZA members receive their discount code via email. If you’re a member and haven’t received yours, please call 323/644-4747.