Zoo News

Aug 08, 2011

Wines in the Wild 2011 a Huge Success!

The Buffalo Zoo, the Pro Zoo Board and the Women’s Board are proud to announce that this year’s Wines in the Wild event, held on Wednesday, July 27, was a huge success…and the biggest ever! More than $100,000 was raised for the Zoo’s Adopt an Animal program, which helps to feed the Zoo’s 1,000 animal residents.

The Buffalo Zoo would like to extend special thanks to this year’s event sponsors,

Bank of America, Sorrento Cheese and Volkswagen of Orchard Park, as well as media sponsors, 97 Rock, Classic Hits 104.1, Fox 29, MyTV and Buffalo Spree.

More than 2,500 guests sampled food, beer and wine selections, as well as specialty services, from more than 50 of the area’s finest establishments. Other highlights of the evening included a basket auction, silent auction and animal visits.

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



Best Beer Blue Monk

Best Entrée Lebro’s Restaurant

Best Dessert Dessert Deli

Most Unusual Fare Old Orchard Inn

Best Presentation Carriage Trade Pastries

Best of Show Bravo! Cucina Italiana

Best Wine Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

Specialty Vendor Spa Go of WNY

The following is a list of generous participants:


Amusement Media/Buffalo Spree Magic Hat Brewing Company

Beastro at the Zoo May Jen Chinese Restaurant

Bravo! Cucina Italiana McKenzie’s Hard Cider

Brodo Merritt Estate Winery

Brooklyn Brewery Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

Buffalo Brew Pub Nickel City Market Café

Bully Hill Old Orchard Inn

Carriage Trade Pastries Passport Wine & Liquor

Coca-Cola Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

Cole’s Restaurant & Blue Monk Perry’s Ice Cream

Cozumel Grill Pizza Plant Italian Pub

D’Avolio Olive Oils & Vinegars Premier Liquor

Dessert Deli Rich’s Catering

Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars Risa’s Restaurant & Catering

Dundee Ales & Lagers Riverstone Grill

Flying Bison Brewing Company Saranac

Fulkerson Winery Seagram’s Escapes

Gates Circle Liquor Sorrento Cheese

Global Group Wine & Spirits Spa Go of WNY

Great Lakes Brewing Company Southern Wine & Spirits

Greek Goddess Products, Inc. Sweet Jenny’s/Oh Pour L’Amour Du Chocolat

Ithaca Brewing Co. The Tonawanda Castle

Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill Sea Dog & Shipyard Brewing

Johnson Estate Winery Vetter Vineyards

Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream Vitaminwater Zero

Lake Placid Willow Creek Winery

Lebro’s Restaurant Yancey’s Fancy, Inc.

Long Trail Brewing Company

Celebrity Judges

Joe Arena, WIVB-TV/Channel 4

Russ Burton, WGRF-FM/97 Rock

Jim Fink, Business First

Allie Hartwick, WIVB/WNLO-TV

Melissa Holmes, WIVB-TV/Channel 4

Chris Klein, WGRF-FM/97 Rock

Heather Ly, WGRZ-TV/Channel 2

Nick Magnini, WNYO and WUTV

Jarod Miller, Animal Exploration With Jarod Miller

Marc Odien, WNYmedia.net

Ron Plants, WGRZ-TV/Channel 2

Nalina Shapiro, WIVB-TV/Channel 4

The Buffalo Zoo would like to thank the vendors, judges, event volunteers and attendees for their support!

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