Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Oakland Zoo’s 22nd Annual Fundraiser, Walk in the Wild is on June 21, 2014, from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Now in its twenty-second year, Walk in the Wild – An Epicurean Escapade! is one of the Bay Area’s premier fundraising events.
More than 100 restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries, and breweries will be onsite at Oakland Zoo – offering scrumptious samples of the San Francisco Bay Area’s finest epicurean offerings (see vendor and libations list below). With each reservation, guests will receive a commemorative wine glass and butler tray to partake in superb culinary cuisine paired with fine wine, beer, and specialty drinks.
Reservation prices start at $150 per person. This adult-only engagement supports Oakland Zoo’s conservation, education, and animal enrichment programs. Please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org and click on Walk in the Wild for more information or to make reservations. You may also contact the Zoo directly at 510-632-9525 ext 154. Due to the service of alcohol, all guests must be 21 years of age or older.
Evening Activities: 5:00pm – 8:00pm: Wine and Dine your way on a walking safari throughout Oakland Zoo. The evening is filled with great company, animals, and live entertainment. This year’s performers will appeal to many musical tastes, including jazz, country, Latin rhythms, percussion, and hit songs from music of today.
Animals on the “must see” list include a baby baboon named Mimi, two adolescent baboons named Kodee and Mocha, African elephants (Oakland Zoo is the only Zoo in Northern California with African elephants), giraffes, and fruit bats. Experience Zoo views from above by taking a relaxing ride on the Skyride, or sit back and relax while touring “Wild Australia” on the Outback Express Adventure train.
8:00pm – 10:00pm: Dancing & Dessert at sunset. Celebrate into the evening hours with live music, dancing, and delightful desserts. Returning by popular demand, the sought after party band, Take 2 (TK2) will be performing in the café courtyard. This dynamic 7-piece band covers chart toppers in Rock, Country, Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop.
Vendors and Libations: BAKERIES AND DESSERTS – BABY MARTIN BAKING COMPANY Hayward COOKIEBAR Alameda FENTONS CREAMERY Oakland FLAVOR BRIGADE ITALIAN ICE Oakland GELATERIA NAIA Walnut Creek GOURMET XPRESS San Francisco HOLLY’S MANDARIN Oakland JUST DESSERTS Oakland LA BOCCA FINA CATERING Hayward LADYFINGERS Oakland MARLY’S TREATS Hayward NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Walnut Creek OLD TOWNE DANVILLE BAKERY Danville PETER’S KETTLE CORN Alameda THE STROOPIE GOURMET Oakland SWISS DELICES Castro Valley SYSCO San Francisco
CATERERS AND RESTAURANTS – ABSOLUTE CELEBRATIONS CATERING San Ramon A16 ROCKRIDGE Oakland BARBARA LLEWELLYN CATERING Oakland BORDENAVE’S BAKERY San Rafael BOURBON & BEEF Oakland Carla’s Sausage guy CROGAN’S MONTCLAIR Oakland DICKSON NAPA RANCH Napa E & O ASIAN KITCHEN San Francisco EAT DRINK BE MERRY CATERING CO. Walnut Creek EL AGAVERO RESTAURANT Oakland ENGLANDER SPORTS PUB & RESTAURANT San Leandro FAZ RESTAURANTS Pleasanton FISCALINI CHEESE COMPANY Modesto FUSION JERKY South San Francisco GUADALAJARA RESTAURANT Oakland HOME OF CHICKEN AND WAFFLES Oakland HOPSCOTCH Oakland ITALIAN COLORS RISTORANTE Oakland KEENA’S KITCHEN Oakland LAVA PIT HAWAIIAN GRILL Orinda LOLIPIE San Francisco MARKET SMART INC. Pleasanton MONTIBELLA SAUSAGE COMPANY Orinda OAKLAND ZOO ISLAND CAFÉ Oakland OLIVETO CAFÉ & RESTAURANT Oakland OZUMO RESTAURANT Oakland PICÁN Oakland PIZZA ANTICA Lafayette PLAY CAFE Oakland RED BOY PIZZA Oakland SEMIFREDDI’S Alameda SYSCO San Francisco TACOS EL NOVILLO Oakland TACOS GUADALAJARA TACO TRUCK Oakland THE TERRACE ROOM Oakland TRADER JOE’S Rockridge, Oakland WANI’S MARKET Fremont WHOLE FOODS Oakland WOOD TAVERN Oakland
BREWERIES – 21st AMENDMENT BREWERY San Francisco ALE INDUSTRIES Oakland BALLAST POINT BREWING AND SPIRITS San Diego BAY AREA BEVERAGE COMPANY Richmond BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING CO. Healdsburg BISON BREWING COMPANY Berkeley BLUE MOON HONEY WHEAT Golden, CO BUFFALO BILL’S BREWERY Hayward CALICRAFT BREWING COMPAMY Walnut Creek DRAKE’S BREWING COMPANY San Leandro E.J. PHAIR BREWERY & ALEHOUSE Concord FACTION BREWING COMPANY Alameda FIRESTONE WALKER BREWING COMPANY Paso Robles LAGUNITAS BREWING COMPANY Petaluma LINDEN STREET BREWERY Oakland LINE 51 BREWING Oakland MENDOCINO BREWING COMPANY Ukiah MILLER FORTUNE Golden, CO NEW BELGIUM BREWING COMPANY Ft. Collins, CO OAKLAND BREWING COMPANY Oakland PACIFIC COAST BREWING Oakland SIERRA NEVADA BREWING COMPANY Roseville SPEAKEASY ALES & LAGERS San Francisco TRIPLE ROCK BREWERY & ALEHOUSE Berkeley TRUMER BRAUEREI Berkeley
WINERIES – BAREFOOT WINE & BUBBLY Modesto DASHE CELLARS Oakland ELLISTON VINEYARDS Sunol FENESTRA WINERY Livermore HOPPER CREEK WINERY Yountville IRISH MONKEY CELLARS Oakland J. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES San Jose JC CELLARS Oakland LA ROCHELLE WINERY Livermore LITTLE VALLEY WINERY Sunol MERCY VINEYARDS Pebble Beach MILL CREEK VINEYARDS & WINERY Healdsburg MURRIETA’S WELL WINERY Livermore RETZLAFF VINEYARDS Livermore ROCK WALL WINE COMPANY Alameda ROLAND ROSARIO CELLARS Oakland ROSENBLUM CELLARS Alameda ST. FRANCIS WINERY & VINEYARDS Santa Rosa STEIN FAMILY WINES/JUST JOSHIN WINES San Francisco STEVEN KENT WINERY Livermore TREASURE ISLAND WINES San Francisco WEIBEL VINEYARDS Lodi WENTE VINEYARDS Livermore WESTOVER WINERY Castro Valley
NON-ALCOHOLIC – HONEST TEA Bethesda, MD NUMI ORGANIC TEA Oakland S. MARTINELLI & COMPANY Watsonville WORLD GROUND CAFÉ Oakland
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO: The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.
The East Bay Zoological Society has managed and operated both the Zoo and surrounding Knowland Park for the City of Oakland since 1982. Under its management, Oakland Zoo presents an award-winning experience for visitors, fosters knowledge and understanding of animals and the environment through educational programs, and has earned national awards and international acclaim for its animal management and endangered species programs. Over the years, exhibit by exhibit, Oakland Zoo has been reinvigorated and revitalized, making it a place where animals thrive and visitors enjoy. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.