Zoo News

Feb 28, 2011

Polar Bites 2011 a Huge Success!

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Zoo and the Pro Zoo Board are proud to announce that Polar Bites 2011, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, was a huge success as more than $30,000 was raised for the Zoo.

This ever-growing annual event featured food, beer, wine and specialty services from 45 of the area’s finest establishments. Other highlights of the evening included a basket auction, silent auction and visits with some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. The Zoo wishes to thank Phillips Lytle, LLC, Creditors Interchange, M&T Bank, 97 Rock, Classic Hits 104.1, Fox 29, My TV and Buffalo Spree for their generous sponsorship of the event.

Celebrity judges voted for their favorite selections falling under eight different categories:


Award Vendor

Best Beer Flying Bison

Best Dessert Bravo! Cucina Italiana

Best Entrée Lebro’s Restaurant

Most Unusual Fare Templeton Landing Restaurant & Events

Best Presentation Rich’s Catering

Best of Show The Wine Thief Bar & Restaurant

Best Wine Passport Wine & Spirits

Best Specialty Vendor Spa Go of WNY

The following is a list of generous participants:


Boston Beer Co. Passport Wine & Liquor

Bravo! Cucina Italiana Photo Booths for Fun

Brodo Pizza Plant Italian Pub

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Quick Caricatures by Tom Baldwin

CJ’s Sundae Bar Rich’s Catering

Coca-Cola Bottling Company Rich’s Dessert Builders

Creekview Restaurant Risa’s Restaurant

Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars Saranac

Flying Bison Brewing Company Seneca Niagara Spa & Salon

Fulkerson Winery Southern Wine & Spirits

Global Group Wine & Spirits Spa Go of WNY

Greek Goddess Products, Inc. The Gourmet Store

Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill Templeton Landing Restaurant & Events

Johnson Estate Winery The Melting Pot Restaurant

Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream The Tonawanda Castle

Lake Placid Craft Beers The Wine Thief

Lebro’s Restaurant Vetter Vineyards

Long Trail Brewing Company VOS Selections

Merritt Estate Winery White Springs Farm Estate Winery

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars Willow Creek Winery

NorthAmerican Breweries Wilson Farms

Old Orchard Inn Yancey’s Fancy

Panera Bread

Celebrity Judges

Joe Arena, WIVB-TV/Channel 4

Russ Burton, WGRF-FM/97 Rock

Elizabeth Carey, Business First

Jim Fink, Business First

Andrew Galarneau, The Buffalo News

Dennis Gallagher, Buffalo Rocket

Laura Gray, WKBW-TV/Channel 7

Melissa Holmes, WIVB-TV/Channel 4

Chris Klein, WGRF-FM/97 Rock

Jane Kwiatkowski, The Buffalo News

Heather Ly, WGRZ-TV/Channel 2

Aaron Mentkowski, WKBW-TV/Channel 7

Jarod Miller, Animal Exploration With Jarod Miller

Marc Odien, WNYmedia.net

Ron Plants, WGRZ-TV/Channel 2

Mark Sommer, The Buffalo News

Jon Summers, WKBW-TV/Channel 7

John Zach, WBEN 930AM

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