LA Zoo Hosts Sustainable Wine & Dinner Series

Farm-to-table dinners, local wineries, and an exciting take on conservation and sustainability are all part of the Sustainable Wine & Dinner’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the LA Zoo on April 27, May 11 and June 8. This year we’re launching a series of evenings that put a spotlight on the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and sustainability in engaging new ways. Tickets for this year’s events are $130 for members / $150 for nonmembers.

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.

Birds of a Feather is the theme for the May 11 dinner brought to the series by one of the Palumbo Family Vineyards’ whose 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.

For more information on this year’s dinner series or to buy tickets to one of the dinners, go to the LA Zoo’s website at http://www.lazoo.org/sustainablewinedinners.

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