Nearly 100 of Washington, D.C.’s best restaurants will descend upon the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for ZooFari: Dine for Wildlife, the area’s biggest and longest-running food and drink tasting event hosted by Friends of the National Zoo. At ZooFari you’ll be able to sample delicious food, wine, and beer, participate in a silent auction (featuring exclusive animal-made artwork) meet a naked mole-rat, and much more—all while supporting conservation work around the globe. Save the date for May 17, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to celebrate and save species.
In addition to extraordinary food and fine wines, ZooFari also offers a night of unforgettable entertainment. The chef that rocks, DJ Chef—champion of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen—will be preparing eats while spinning beats!
Guests will also dance under the stars with live music by renowned dance band DC Fusion and classically trained violinist Ben Hoyt. There will also be exotic animal encounters, food sculptors, a cake decorating contest by the Art Institute of Washington, and a silent auction featuring exclusive paintings made by D.C.’s famous panda family Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, and Bei Bei.
“ZooFari is our premier dining and fundraising event, and the longest-running food and drink event in the nation’s capital. Many of the restaurants have been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel,” said Lynn Mento, Executive Director of FONZ. “Best of all, the proceeds from this fabulous evening support the Zoo’s mission to save species.”
Tickets are available now at fonz.org/zoofari. Ticket prices are $160 for FONZ members and $200 for nonmembers. Exclusive VIP packages are also available. Some of these packages offer all-access tickets, valet parking, and a private VIP pre-party, as well as behind-the-scenes animal tours.
The ZooFari online auction offers a lively way to support the Zoo’s programs. Bidding begins Thursday, May 10 at 501auctions.com/fonz. Vacation getaways, private Zoo tours, exclusive parties with top area chefs, and animal art are just a few of the hundreds of coveted items available in the auction.