ZooFari, sponsored by GEICO

Thursday, May 19, 2016: 6:30 – 9:30PM

 
 

Join us for ZooFari, the premier culinary event featuring more than 100 of the top DC restaurants and vintners–all in the wild setting of the Smithsonian's National Zoo. In addition to a delicious evening of food and fine wines, ZooFari offers a night of unforgettable entertainment with live music, exotic animal encounters, a silent auction, and much more. Best of all, ZooFari proceeds support the Zoo's mission to save species!

Event Highlights

Throughout the evening, make sure you experience the:

  • Complimentary food tastings from the more than 100 participating restaurants.
  • Cocktail tastings with seasonal and gourmet ingredients crafted by celebrity bartenders and popular mixologists.
  • The Small Mammal House, the Great Ape House, and the Reptile Discovery Center that will be open for guests to learn more about some of the Zoo's most popular residents.
  • Animal encounters along Olmsted Walk.
  • Three mega-bars located throughout the event offering complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, and water.
  • Giveaways, courtesy of lead sponsor GEICO, and Rosenthal Jaguar/Land Rover.

VIP Experiences

In addition to our general event attractions, there will also be exclusive experiences for VIP ticket holders:

  • Pre-party Reception – This private exclusive reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elephant Community Center and will offer elephant viewing, as well as specialty cocktails and catering by Equinox Restaurant, Ten Penh, Doi Moi, Compass Rose, and Purple Patch.
  • LivingSocial Lion Lounge – This private area, held at the Zoo's Great Cats Exhibit, is during the main event and offers a unique opportunity to view the cats at night with demonstrations and keeper talks. Specialty food and drinks as well as live entertainment and musical performances will be offered.
  • Premier Pavilion –- Located on the Zoo's Great Meadow during the main event, this area offers seating, festive decorations, a private bar, exclusive animal encounters, interactive and musical entertainment, as well as select food offerings.

If you have any questions regarding VIP ticket packages, you may email LaShawn Harris or call her at 202-633-3034.

 

General Admission: FONZ Members $160, Non-members $200

Includes access to the general event area which includes complimentary food tastings from the more than 100 participating restaurants, and complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, and water at the three the mega-bars located throughout the event.

Wildlife Patron Package $1,500 ($1,650 after April 6)

  • Access to the general event as well as exclusive areas such as the LivingSocial Lion Lounge and the Premier Pavilion that will feature spectacular food options from select restaurants, in addition to private animal demonstrations and live entertainment
  • Two valet parking passes
  • *Recognition in the ZooFari Event Program

*Names provided after Monday, May 2 are not guaranteed to be in print.

Conservationist Package $5,000 ($5,500 after April 6)

  • Access to the general event, as well as the pre-party reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. that includes special tastings from restaurants like Equinox Restaurant, Ten Penh, Doi Moi, Compass Rose, and Purple Patch.
  • Access to exclusive areas like the LivingSocial Lion Lounge and the Premier Pavilion that will feature spectacular food options from select restaurants, as well as private animal demonstrations and live entertainment
  • Ten event tickets
  • Five valet parking passes
  • *Recognition in the ZooFari Event Program
  • *Your name listed on the Donor Board outside of the Premier Pavilion
  • **One behind-the-scenes animal tour of Cheetah Conservation Station, Asia Trail, Sloth Bear, Otters, Small Mammal House, or Reptile Discovery Center

*Names provided after Monday, May 2 are not guaranteed to be in print.
**The animals are scheduled to be out for viewing during the event and for the tours, but individual animal sightings are subject to change and are not guaranteed.

Benefactor Package $7,000 ($7,500 after April 6)

  • Access to the general event, as well as the pre-party reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. that includes special tastings from restaurants like Equinox Restaurant, Ten Penh, Doi Moi, Compass Rose, and Purple Patch.
  • Access to exclusive areas like the LivingSocial Lion Lounge and the Premier Pavilion that will feature spectacular food options from select restaurants, as well as private animal demonstrations and live entertainment
  • Ten event tickets
  • Five valet parking passes
  • *Recognition in the ZooFari Event Program
  • *Your name listed on the Donor Board outside of the Premier Pavilion
  • **One behind-the-scenes animal tour of the Elephant House, Great Cats (Lion/Tigers), or American Trail (Seals/Sea Lions)

*Names provided after Monday, May 2 are not guaranteed to be in print.
**The animals are scheduled to be out for viewing during the event and for the tours, but individual animal sightings are subject to change and are not guaranteed.

Giant Panda Package $10,000

  • Access to the general event, as well as the pre-party reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. that includes special tastings from restaurants like Equinox Restaurant, Ten Penh, Doi Moi, Compass Rose, and Purple Patch.
  • Access to exclusive areas like the LivingSocial Lion Lounge and the Premier Pavilion that will feature spectacular food options from select restaurants, as well as private animal demonstrations and live entertainment
  • Ten event tickets
  • Five valet parking passes
  • *Recognition in the ZooFari Event Program
  • *Your name listed on the Donor Board outside of the Premier Pavilion
  • **One behind-the-scenes animal tour of the Panda House

*Names provided after Monday, May 2 are not guaranteed to be in print.
**The animals are scheduled to be out for viewing during the event and for the tours, but individual animal sightings are subject to change and are not guaranteed.

How to Unlock Member Ticket Pricing

Scroll down and click on the "Enter promotional code" link. When prompted, enter your Member ID in the promotional code field and click the "Apply" button. Your member tickets will be available for purchase. Select your tickets and click the "Register" button to complete your purchase on the ZooFari Eventbrite page.

 

Restaurants

  • 1789 Restaurant
  • Agora Restaurant
  • Anthem Restaurant
  • Ardeo + Bardeo
  • Armand's Pizza and Catering
  • Art and Soul
  • Asia Nine Bar and Lounge
  • b DC
  • Bar Civita
  • Bastille
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
  • Beuchert's Saloon
  • Big Bowl
  • Bistro 525
  • Bistrot Royal
  • Blackfinn Ameripub
  • BLT Steak
  • BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
  • Brasserie Beck
  • Cafe Deluxe
  • Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits
  • The Capital Grille
  • Carmine's
  • Cava Grill
  • Cava Mezze
  • Cedar Restaurant
  • Chef Geoff's
  • CIRCA
  • Compass Rose
  • Congressional Seafood Co.
  • Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
  • DC Sweet Potato Cake
  • DECLARATION
  • Delia's Restaurants
  • Doi Moi
  • Dolcezza Gelato
  • Duke's Counter
  • El Centro
  • ENTYSE Wine Bar and Lounge
  • Equinox Restaurant
  • Estadio
  • The Federal City Bar
  • Firefly
  • The Fourth Estate at the National Press Club
  • Georgetown Cupcake
  • Georgia Brown's
  • The Hamilton
  • Hank's Oyster Bar
  • Hard Times Cafe
  • Hill Country Barbecue
  • I-Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar
  • Indique
  • Iron Gate
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Jackson 20
  • Jardenea at Melrose Georgetown Hotel
  • Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
  • Juniper Restaurant at the Fairmont
  • KoDee Cakes
  • Lebanese Taverna
  • Lia's
  • LINCOLN
  • Maggiano's Chevy Chase
  • Marcel's
  • Masa 14
  • matchbox
  • Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
  • McCormick and Schmick's
  • Meridian Pint
  • Mio's Blue Ash
  • Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe
  • Mon Ami Gabi
  • Morton's The Steakhouse
  • Muze at the Mandarin Oriental
  • Oceanaire Seafood Room
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
  • Open Road
  • Ovvio Osteria
  • The Palm Restaurant
  • Paolo's Ristorante
  • Perry's
  • Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
  • Pinstripes
  • Pizzeria Vetri
  • Policy
  • Pretty & Delicious Presents Chef Huda
  • Proof
  • Provision No. 14
  • Purple Patch
  • Redwood Restaurant
  • The Riggsby
  • Ripple
  • RIS
  • River Bend Bistro
  • Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
  • Roofers Union
  • The Royal
  • Rural Society Argentine Grill
  • Rustico
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Santa Lucia Estate Coffee
  • Smoke & Barrel
  • Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Stars & Stripes Cafe
  • Stella Barra Pizzeria
  • Sugar & Ice–And Everything Nice!
  • Sugo Osteria
  • Summer House Santa Monica
  • SweetPots Mason Jar'd Desserts
  • Ted's Bulletin
  • TEDDY & the Bully Bar
  • TenPenh
  • Texas de Brazil
  • TICO
  • Tonic at Quigley's
  • Toro Toro
  • TRIO Grill
  • Twisted Horn
  • Urbana Dining & Drinks
  • Vinoteca
  • Wildfire
  • Wildwood Kitchen
  • Zengo
  • Zentan

Vintners

General Event Area

  • Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
  • Barton & Guestier
  • Constellation Brands
  • Foley Family Wines
  • Freixenet
  • Oyster Bay Wines
  • Prestige Wine & Spirits
  • The Seeker
  • The Urban Winery
  • Virginia Dare Winery
  • Wagner Family of Wine

Premier Pavilion

  • Barrel Oak Winery

Pre-party Reception

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

LivingSocial Lion Lounge

  • Barton & Guestier
  • Elouan
  • Licor 43
  • Prestige Wine & Spirits
  • Western Spirits Beverage Company
 

The ZooFari online auction offers a lively way to support the Zoo's mission to save species. Vacation getaways, private Zoo experiences, cooking lessons with top area chefs, and unique pieces of animal art are just a few of the hundreds of items available for your bid. Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo's animal care, science, education, and conservation programs.

Bidding opens Monday, May 9 at 8:00 a.m. and closes 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.

Stay Tuned! At ZooFari new and exciting items will be added to the silent auction. Online bidding will be available for the silent auction.

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.

Media interested in covering ZooFari should Email Courtney Smith.

 

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