ZooFari, presented by GEICO®

Thursday, May 19, 2016: 6:30 – 9:30PM


Join us May 19 for a fundraiser you can really sink your teeth into. With more than 100 of the area's top restaurants it will be a delicious evening of gourmet food, fine wines, and celebrity chefs all in the wild setting of the National Zoo.

2015 Information


The following restaurants will be offering complimentary tastings this year:

Pre-party Reception

  • District Commons
  • Equinox Restaurant
  • RIS
  • Tico

Main Event

  • 1789 Restaurant
  • Anthem Restaurant
  • Ardeo+Bardeo
  • Armand's Pizzeria
  • Art and Soul
  • Asia Nine Bar and Lounge
  • B Too
  • Belga Cafe
  • Bastille
  • Bistrot Royal
  • Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream
  • BLT Steak
  • BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
  • Café Deluxe
  • Café Saint-Ex
  • Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits
  • Carmine's
  • Cava Mezze
  • Cava Grill
  • Cedar Restaurant
  • Chaplin's Restaurant
  • Charlie Palmer Steak
  • Chef Geoff's
  • Circle Bistro
  • Compass Rose Bar and Kitchen
  • Congressional Seafood Co.
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
  • Cure Bar & Bistro
  • Del Campo
  • Delia's Restaurants
  • District Doughnut
  • Dolcezza Gelato
  • Doi Moi
  • El Centro D.F.
  • Estadio
  • Fairmont – DC
  • Firefly
  • Fourth Estate at the National Press Club
  • Georgetown Cupcake
  • Georgetown Hotel
  • The Grille at Morrison House
  • Hank's Oyster Bar
  • Hard Times Cafe
  • Hello Cupcake
  • Hill Country Barbecue Market
  • Indique
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Jackson 20
  • Jardenea at Melrose
  • Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
  • The Lafayette
  • Lia's
  • LINCOLN Restaurant
  • Maggiano's Chevy Chase
  • Mango Tree
  • Masa 14
  • Mason Social
  • Matchbox
  • Ted's Bulletin
  • Max Brenner
  • Mitsitam Café
  • Mon Ami Gabi
  • Morton's The Steakhouse
  • Notti Bianche
  • Oceanaire Seafood Room
  • Ocopa
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
  • Old Glory BBQ
  • Open Road Grill & Icehouse
  • Overwood
  • Ovvio Pizzeria & Wine Bar
  • The Palm Restaurant
  • Paolo's Ristorante
  • Perrys
  • Ping Pong Dim Sum
  • Pinstripes
  • Plan B Burger Bar
  • Proof
  • The Queen Vic
  • Redwood
  • Ripple
  • The Ritz Carleton Tysons Corner
  • River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Santa Lucia Estate Coffee
  • Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Stanton and Greene
  • Sugar& Ice
  • Sugo Osteria
  • SweetPots Mason Jar'd Desserts
  • Table
  • Taco Bamba
  • TEDDY & The Bully Bar
  • Thally
  • Tonic at Quigleys
  • Toro Toro
  • TRIO Grill
  • Urbana
  • Vinoteca
  • Washington Court Hotel–Bistro 525
  • Zengo
  • Zentan

ZooFari is the perfect opportunity to enjoy wine from local and international vineyards.

Main Event

  • Barefoot Wine and Bubbly
  • Barrel Oak Winery
  • Casanel Vineyards & Winery
  • Constellation Brands
  • Early Mountain Vineyards
  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Freixenet USA
  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
  • Kim Crawford
  • Oyster Bay Wines
  • Prestige Wine Group
  • Ste Michelle Wine Estates 9575
  • The Seeker
  • Torres
  • Treasury Wine Estates

LivingSocial Lion Lounge

  • Adult Beverage Company
  • Western Spirits

Top chefs like Todd Gray, Bart Vandaele, and Haidar Karoum will be joining the festivities throughout the night.


Local mixologists will compete to create the best tasting original signature cocktail using a mystery ingredient from the Zoo's Animal Kitchen. Tommy McFly from 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as official emcee.

There will be two rounds of competition at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.
Competitors include:

  • Tena Jahangosha – Del Campo
  • Max Pike-Ludwig – Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
  • Giancarlo Cruz – Ocopa
  • Trevor Frye – Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Noah Broddaus – Bar Pilar & Café Saint-Ex
  • Jack Caminos – Compass Rose Bar and Kitchen
  • Christopher Franklin – Ardeo+Bardeo
  • Christine Kim – Tico

This competition is generously sponsored by Celebrity Cruises.


Three mega-bars located throughout the event will offer complimentary beer, soft drinks, and water.


Don't miss the ZooFari online auction where you will find extraordinary Zoo experiences, animal art, and dining at top restaurants. Plus, you can feel good that your bids are supporting a great cause. Bid on exclusive Zoo tours, animal-themed art, one-of-a-kind gifts, memorable activities, top dining experiences, and more! Click here to view and bid on items. Auction runs from Monday, May 4 at 8am through Sunday, May 17 at 8pm.


Shuttle service is provided from the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro Station, courtesy of Big Bus Tours. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes throughout the night.


ZooFari is an adult event. Tickets are required for children ages 3 or older. Due to space limitations, no strollers are permitted. To be served alcohol, you must present a valid photo ID. Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo. ZooFari will be held rain or shine.

Contact Information

General questions about ZooFari?
Email us or call 202.633.3045 for more information.

Interested in sponsoring ZooFari?
Email Jackie Vinick or call 202.633.3046 for more information.

If you are a restaurant interested in participating in ZooFari please Email Pam Bucklinger for more information.