Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dallas Zoo's "Gone Wild!"

Last year's event got "Sp-Iked", forcing a rescheduling to a later (and cooler) date than the traditional late September. Everyone loved it, so this years party is being held in the early Dallas fall, when temperatures are more comfortable in the evenings.

So get wild with the others at 5 o'clock October 10th down at the Dallas Zoo for the annual Zoo-To-Do fund raiser, a great event with exclusive evening party at the zoo. This years event is raising funds for the new Savannah exhibit (Lucy's new home), a 10 acre habitat which will also house the giraffes, lions, and wild dogs (got a few of those myself). Libations, auctions, dancing and live entertainment accessorize the 25 restaurants that will be preparing some of their delicacies for the guests that evening.

Tickets are not inexpensive at $250, but it's a fund raiser, and the food, the evening, the entertainment do give a great deal of value to offset the cost. And there are only so many tickets available - they typically sell out.

Here's the list of participating restaurants and their chefs/owners that will be Going Wild that evening: Abacus (Kent Rathbun, Rick Griggs), Chamberlains Steak & Chop House and Fish Market Grill (Richard Chamberlain), Dakota's Steakhouse (Gerardo Hurtado), Dallas Affairs Cake Company (Travis Barrett), Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House (David Holben), Eatzi's Market & Bakery (Jim Dunleavy), Empire Baking Company (Meadors Ozarow), Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck (Sara Johannes), Go Fish Ocean Club (Tiffany Derry), Gregorio's Catering (Greg Draxler), Kenny's Wood Fired Grill (Kenny Bowers), Maguire's Restaurant & Catering (Alberto Solis), Margeaux's a restaurant by design (Kay Agnew), Maximo Cocina Mexicana and Margarita Lounge (Amador Mora), Mozzarella Company (Paula Lambert), Nick & Sam's Steakhouse (Israel Voirin), Opio Restaurant at the Hilton Park Cities Hotel (Billy Webb), The Place at Perry's (Travis Henderson, II), Sevy's Grill (Sevy, and me too), Shinsei (T. J. Lengnick, Tracy Rathbun, Lynae Fearing), Sullivan's Steakhouse (Kenny Mills), Suze Restaurant (Gilbert Garza), Taste of the Wild Catering at the Dallas Zoo, Tillman's Roadhouse (Dan Landsberg), Woodlands American Grill (Carlos Marin, John Nickolas).

Also providing culinary services before this great event: Al Biernat's who will be hosting the Patron Party, Cabot Creamery is donating the Wine Tasting Party, and Gregorio's Catering is doing the Kick Off Party.

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