Do at the Zoo 2017: Recap

Banana pudding with salted caramel sauce from Post Oak Hall

This post is a bit late, but I wanted to make sure I got the chance to share about Do at the Zoo. Do at the Zoo is the Denver Zoo’s biggest annual fundraiser, occurring each June. This was my second time attending, and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s an adult-only event, so it’s the perfect date night, or just a wonderful evening to spend with a friend. And all for a great cause!

This year, over 55 of Denver’s best restaurants & bakeries participated, as well as several local breweries, distilleries, and more. There were approximately 35 restaurants and around 20 breweries, cideries, and distilleries, (see full list at end of post) each serving up unlimited samplings of their finest food and drinks.

Screech owl. She’s missing an eye, as she was injured in the wild and left unable to hunt for herself.

I always thoroughly enjoy Do at the Zoo. It’s a special night, as attendees can roam around, see and learn about the animals, and indulge in all the delicious offerings without worry of small children underfoot. And of course the variety of food and beverages is very impressive.

It was difficult to narrow down my favorites, but a few really stood out to me. Three beers that topped my list are: Strange Craft’s Cherry Kriek, Great Divide’s Strawberry Rhubarb Sour, and Fate Brewing Co.’s Coffee IPA. And, while there was an unbelievable amount of excellent food, I found the Banana Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce from Post Oak Hall to be the absolute best of all the bites!

Three delicious pizzas from Raccas/Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza. Happily for me, they were all vegetarian!

Do at the Zoo is awesome! It’s an annual event, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves good food, beer & cocktails, and animals. There are lots of gluten-free as well as vegetarian options too. And note: a large portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

Never been to Do at the Zoo? Check out the full list of participating restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and more for an idea of what to expect next year. This is one of my favorite events, and it’s such a worthwhile cause. Keep an eye on the zoo’s website for all the details for 2018!

White-cheeked gibbon

FOOD:

BUTCHER’S BISTRO
COPERTA
THE CORNER OFFICE
D BAR RESTAURANT
DEPARTURE
DUO RESTAURANT
EDGE RESTAURANT + BAR
FATE Brewing Company
HICKORY & ASH
THE HORNET
IRISH SNUG
JILL’S AT ST. JULIEN HOTEL & SPA
KONA GRILL
LA SANDIA
LENA
THE LONG I PIE SHOP
MAGGIANO’S
MAGGIE & MOLLY’S SWEET LIFE
THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM
OLIVE & FINCH
THE PALM
PANZANO
POST OAK HALL
POSTINO WINE CAFÉ
RANGE
SNOOZE AN A.M. EATERY
SOL MEXICAN COCINA
SWEET COW ICE CREAM
TAMAYO
TASTE CATERING
TEXAS DE BRAZIL
THE TRUFFLE CHEESE SHOP
THE TRUFFLE TABLE
WYNKOOP BREWING COMPANY

DRINK:

BRISTOL BREWING COMPANY
COLORADO CIDER COMPANY
DENVER BEER CO.
DISTILLERY 291
EPIC BREWING COMPANY
FATE BREWING COMPANY
FORT COLLINS BREWING COMPANY
GREAT DIVIDE BREWING COMPANY
LEOPOLD BROS.
NEW BELGIUM
ODELL BREWING COMPANY
PLATT PARK BREWING CO.
RENEGADE BREWING COMPANY
ROGER CLYNE’S MEXICAN MOONSHINE TEQUILA
ST. KILLIAN IMPORTING
STRANGE CRAFT BEER CO
WALNUT BREWERY

Cheesecake from Maggiano’s

 

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