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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!

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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

 

Drink & Dine with the Animals at Do at the Zoo 2017!

Do At the Zoo brings some of Denver’s best food & drinks to this year’s event!

I attended Do at the Zoo last year, and I was blown away by how truly fantastic it was. There is an unbelievable amount of delicious food and drinks at this extremely well-organized fest. Check out my recap from 2016, and get excited for an evening of excellent food, drinks and fun amongst the animals while supporting this important cause.

What: Do At the Zoo, the Denver Zoo’s annual fundraiser, presented by Anadarko. More than 55 of Denver’s finest restaurants and craft brews, cocktails and wines, up-close animal encounters and dancing.

When: Thursday, June 15, 7-10 p.m.

Where: The Denver Zoo (2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO)

Why: To raise funds to support all of “What We Do At The Zoo,” including science education, global conservation and world class animal care.

Details: 

  • Cocktail attire — Do At The Zoo style. Animal prints, safari khakis and classic cocktail dresses are, of course, always appropriate.
  • General Admission Tickets – $175* per adult
    Group of 10 General Admission Tickets – $1,500 for 10 adults (offered at a 15% off discounted rate)
  • No guests under 21 years of age will be admitted (including infants).
  • NOTE: Denver Zoo will close at noon on Thursday, June 15 to prepare for this event.
  • Valet parking is available for $10.
  • Complimentary self-parking is also available.
  • The event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be issued.
  • Valid ID required at gate.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, please call 720-337-1400.

Want to know which restaurants and breweries/wineries/distilleries will be there? Click here for a full list! I’m looking forward to pairing bites with some of my favorite Colorado breweries like Fate Brewing, Great Divide, New Belgium, Odell, Strange Craft, and more! Tickets* are on sale NOW!

*Note: The fair market value of goods and services associated with a General Admission ticket has been determined to be $72 per ticket. The remainder of the ticket price is considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution and will be receipted accordingly.

Do At the Zoo 2016: Recap

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Tamal de poblano – steamed corn masa, roasted poblano rojas, oaxaca cheese, roasted poblano cream sauce and pico de gallo from Tamayo with a Rare Trait IPA from Cerebral Brewing

On Thursday, June 17, I attended Do At the Zoo, the Denver Zoo’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds from this event help support the Zoo and all of its daily operations, including the care and feeding of nearly 4,000 animals. I spent the evening wandering around the zoo looking at animals, sampling bites from over 60 local restaurants, and sipping beer from multiple Colorado breweries. It was fantastic!

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Tempura spring roll with citrus vinaigrette with a Gose, both from Fate Brewing

Food and drink tents were set up all throughout the grounds, and there were lots of tall tables scattered around so guests could set their things down and enjoy the fare before moving on to the next stop. Not only was there a plethora of beer and food, but there were plenty of spirits and wine available too.

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The Drunken Nut Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie from The Long I Pie Shop with a Gose from Fate Brewing

As a vegetarian I usually have to skip a majority of the bites at events such as this. Happily, this was not the case at Do At the Zoo. As you can see from my photos, there was an abundance of vegetarian dishes. And the photos show only a small portion of what I actually consumed. I tried to take as many pictures as possible, but after a while I just wanted to relax and take it all in.

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Avocado Fondue from D Bar with a Gose from Fate Brewing

By the end of the night I had a few favorites: Watermelon Sour from Platt Park Brewing, Banana pudding with salted caramel sauce from Helliemae’s Handcrafted Caramels, and Tamayo’s Tamal de poblano: steamed corn masa, roasted poblano rojas, oaxaca cheese, roasted poblano cream sauce and pico de gallo. There were so many delicious bites; it was a bit overwhelming, but in the best possible way.

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Do At the Zoo was very well done. There was enough space to accommodate all the guests; it was well attended but not overly crowded. The quality, variety, and amount of food and drink was impressive. And of course being able to see the animals made it extra special for me. It was one of the best events I’ve ever attended. For those who want to support a good cause while enjoying three hours of some of Colorado’s best fare and beverages, this is the place to be.

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Get Wild at Do At the Zoo

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Do At the Zoo brings some of Denver’s best food & drinks to this year’s event!

It’s time again for the Denver Zoo’s annual fundraiser, Do At the Zoo. Come out for an evening of excellent food, drinks and fun while supporting this fantastic cause at the same time.

What: Do At the Zoo, more than 60 of Denver’s finest restaurants and craft brews, cocktails and wines, up-close animal encounters and dancing.

When: Thursday, June 16, 7-10 p.m.

Where: The Denver Zoo (2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO)

Why: To raise funds at the event, Presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, to support all of “What We Do At The Zoo,” including science education, global conservation and world class animal care.

Tickets are on sale now! Click HERE to buy yours today. Don’t wait–prices go up after June 1st!

    • $150 for tickets purchased through June 1
    • $175 for tickets purchased June 2 – June 16

As of May 19, the following restaurants and breweries are participating in this year’s event.

Restaurant and Brewery Participants:
Adelitas Cocina y Cantina
Ale House at Amato’s
Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge
Beatrice & Woodsley
Big Choice Brewing
Black Pearl
Boulder Beer Company
Bristol Brewing Company
BUBU
Butcher’s Bistro
Cerebral Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
duo
D Bar Restaurant
Denver Beer Co.
Eddie Merlot’s
Epic Brewing Company
FATE Brewing Company
Fort Collins Brewing Company
Great Divide Brewing Company
Happy Bakeshop
Helliemae’s Handcrafted Carmels
The Hornet
The Isle Casino and Hotel
Jill’s at St. Julien Hotel & Spa
La Biblioteca
La Sandia
Leña
Linger
The Long I Pie Shop
Maggiano’s
Maggie and Molly’s Sweet Life
New Belgium
The Nickel
Novo Coffee
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Odell Brewing Company
Olive & Finch
Ophelia’s (Edible Beats)
Osteria Marco
Palettes
The Palm Restaurant
Platt Park Brewing Co.
Range
Renegade Brewing Company
Root Down (Edible Beats)
St. Killian’s Importing
Snooze, An A.M. Eatery
Strange Craft Beer Co.
Syrup
Tamayo
Taste Catering
Texas de Brazil
The Truffle Cheese Shop
The Truffle Table
Walnut Brewery
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Wystones World Tea
Zengo

Secret Sauce F & B., including Vesta, Steuben’s, and Ace, is also the official caterer of Denver Zoo’s private Do At The Zoo VIP party, which is available by invite only.

In its 26-year history, more than 48,000 Do At The Zoo guests have raised over $11.5 million to improve Denver Zoo and support many causes, from conservation to education initiatives. Denver Zoo serves many functions, from state-of-the-art animal care, age-appropriate educational programs, to world-renowned conservation projects spanning the globe. Proceeds from this year’s Do At The Zoo will enable the Zoo to continue its important work both locally and worldwide.

Please note: Denver Zoo will close at noon on June 16 to set up for the gala.

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