Thursday, May 14, 2009


May 14, 2009 6:30-10 p.m.

Don’t miss ZooFari 2009, where you’ll find all the ingredients for an unforgettable evening. Help celebrate elephantine appetites and the National Zoo’s commitment to Asian elephants at ZooFari 2009. This enchanted evening will bring together an oasis of culinary delights, fabulous wine, live entertainment, a chance to meet celebrity chef Carla Hall and a spectacular auction. Also, Chef Enzo from D'Acqua will be there.

Fantastic Food

ZooFari began more than 20 years ago as a catered event drawing several hundred visitors, and has since become one of the premier events in Washington—hosting master chefs the area's best restaurants and thousands of guests.

See the list of restaurants participating in ZooFari 2009.

Please note: This event is not peanut-free. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that traces of nuts are not present in food products available at the event.

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall

Exclusive to this year's event, local (and now famous) Washingtonian chef and owner of Alchemy Caterers and "Top Chef" reality show finalist Carla Hall will be making a special appearance at ZooFari. Hall, best know for her recent participation on the top-rated Bravo Network show, will be in the Sweepstakes tent from 9-10 p.m., signing aprons and oven mits. Carla will also be whipping up a food demonstration at 8 p.m. in the ZooFari Lounge.

Super Auction

The ZooFari Silent Auction will be filled with fabulous, fun, and furry treasures to add to your collection. Hundreds of partygoers will try to outbid each other on fantastic pieces of art, weekend getaways, fine wine, tickets to sporting events, and much more. But you can start bidding now! The ZooFari 2009 Online Auction is open for bidding. Check out the auction.

A Great Evening for a Great Cause

Last year's ZooFari raised more than $300,000 to support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the Zoo. Over the years, proceeds from the event have funded a variety of Zoo initiatives, from new and improved exhibits in the Small Mammal House to construction of Amazonia and Think Tank, and conservation programs designed to save Komodo dragons, tigers, giant pandas, and other endangered species.

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