Oakland Zoo's 20th Annual Fundraiser, Walk in the Wild

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

June 12, 2012

Contact: Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Oakland, CA- Oakland Zoo's 20th Annual Fundraiser, Walk in the Wild -- June 23, 2012. Now in its twentieth year, Walk in the Wild - An Epicurean Escapade! is one of the Bay Area's premier fundraising events. Nearly 100 restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries, and breweries will be onsite – showcasing some of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest fare (see vendor and libations list below). With each reservation, guests will receive a commemorative wine glass and plate to enjoy fabulous drinks and superb culinary cuisine. Reservation prices start at $125 per person. This adult-only event supports the Oakland Zoo's conservation, education, and animal enrichment programs. Please visit our website at 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:
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Pre-party among Patrons and Sponsors. It's a themed party, Eye of the Tiger, in the Carousel Courtyard. Festivities will include special appearances from the Zoo's animal ambassadors, live music, specialty cocktails, Zoo update from the President and CEO, Dr. Joel Parrott, and the opportunity to get a head start on the Walk in the Wild festivities. Reservations for the Patron Party are open to the public, visit www.oaklandzoo.org or call 510-632-9525, ext 154 for more details.

5:00pm – 8:00pm: Wine, Dine, & Stroll and experience a unique evening event mingling with friends throughout the Oakland Zoo. Move to the music of Bay Area artists, Steel Jam. Make sure to see Maggie the baby giraffe, three baby river otters in the Children's Zoo, and four new tiger sisters, Molly, Milou, Ginger, and Grace. Watch the sunset while sampling some of the Bay Area's finest epicurean offerings. Experience the views from above by taking a relaxing ride on the Oakland Zoo's Skyride. This is a night guests are sure to enjoy and remember.

8:00pm – 10:00pm: Dancing & Dessert under the Stars. Celebrate into the evening hours with live music, dancing, and decadent desserts. Masterpiece, a collective of Bay Area artists, will perform live with a mix of song favorites including Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, and Jazz.

Bakeries, Caterers, and Restaurants
Aidells Sausage Company, San Leandro
Angela's Bistro and Bar, Alameda
Ann's Catering and Rick and Ann's Restaurant, Berkeley
Asqew Grill Catering, San Francisco
Barbacoa, Orinda
Catered to You, Oakland
Devoted Catering by Peter Alan, Emeryville
Dickson Napa Ranch, Napa
El Agavero Restaurant, Oakland
Englander Sports Pub & Restaurant, San Leandro
Faz Restaurants, Pleasanton
Fentons Creamery, Oakland
Fiscalini Cheese Company, Modesto
Grace Street Catering, Floral & Event Design, Oakland
Great Harvest Bread Co., Oakland
Guadalajara Restaurant, Oakland
Home of Chicken and Waffles, Oakland
Horatio's, San Leandro
Italian Colors Ristorante, Oakland
Just Desserts, Oakland
Kincaid's, Oakland
La Bocca Fina Catering, Hayward
Ladyfingers, Oakland
Lake Chabot Golf Course, Oakland
Lava Pit Hawaiian Grill, Orinda
Market Smart Inc., Pleasanton
Mimi McCurry's Chimichurri Sauce, San Rafael
Miss Pearl's Restaurant and Lounge at the Waterfront Hotel, Oakland
Montibella Sausage Company, Orinda
Nothing Bundt Cakes, Walnut Creek
Oakland Zoo Island Café, Oakland
Old Towne Danville Bakery, Danville
Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant, Oakland
Ozumo Restaurant, Oakland
Pietisserie, Oakland
Pizza Antica, Lafayette
Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar Jack London Square, Oakland
Skates on the Bay, Berkeley
Sorella Di Zza's, Oakland
Sysco, San Francisco
Table 24, Orinda
Tacos El Novillo, Oakland
Tacos Guadalajara Taco Truck, Oakland
The Terrace Room at Lake Merritt Hotel, Oakland
Trader Joe's Rockridge, Oakland
Wood Tavern, Oakland


Breweries -
Ale Industries, Concord
Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville
Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg
Bison Brewing Company, Berkeley
Buffalo Bill's Brewery, Hayward
Crispin Cider, Minneapolis
Drake's Brewing Company, San Leandro
E.j. Phair Brewery & Alehouse, Concord
Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles
Fox Barrel Cider, Colfax
Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma
Linden Street Brewery, Oakland
New Belgium Brewing Company Ft. Collins, CO
Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland
Pyramid Breweries, Berkeley
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Roseville
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, San Francisco
Triple Rock Brewing Co., Berkeley
Trumer Brauerei, Berkeley
Vermont Hard Cider Company-
Strongbow Cider, Hereford, England
Woodchuck Draft Cider, Middlebury, VT
Wyder's Pear Cider, Middlebury, VT


Wineries -
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Modesto
Concannon Vineyard, Livermore
Dashe Cellars, Oakland
Elliston Vineyards, Sunol
Fenestra Winery, Livermore
Hopper Creek Winery, Yountville
Irish Monkey Cellars, Oakland
JC Cellars, Oakland
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, San Jose
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
The Steven Kent Winery, Livermore
Tamas Estates, Livermore
Urban Legend Cellars, Oakland
Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery, 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

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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 www.oaklandzoo.org.
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