Zoological Society of Florida’s Feast With The Beasts
presented by TotalBank at Miami Metrozoo
More than 1,200 guests enjoyed delectable delights from 40 fine South Florida restaurants, wild animal encounters, festive animal lights by Brandano Displays, open bars, fire dancers, belly dancers, and more at Feast with the Beasts (FWTB) at Miami Metrozoo. Together the party-goers, dressed in warm carnival-inspired cocktail attire, raised significant funds for the Zoo’s education and conservation programs. Guests dined on everything including The Ivy in the Grove’s Bang Bang shrimp and inside out strawberry cheesecake, Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s grilled beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes, Carbonell Olive Oil’s paella marinera, Gotham Steak’s Yellow fin tuna tartar, Town Kitchen & Bar’s gumbo, and Kitchen 305’s Lobster salad in tortillas cups.
“We’re thankful for the sponsors, restaurants, vendors, generous organizations, volunteers and staff that donated their time, money and fare to Feast with the Beasts. The Miami Heat dancers, Pyro Fusion fire dancers, Flowing Arts Movement belly dancers and Moroccan party area by Berber Events made this event fun and unforgettable,” said Nestor Rodriguez, Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) President and CEO.
Special dignitaries at the wild fundraiser included Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Sally Heyman, Katy Sorenson and County Manager George Burgess. Broadcast news anchors like Dan Le Batard, Lissette Gonzalez, and Bob Mayer also came to enjoy the varied cuisine and encounters with parrots, hawks, snakes, skunks and lizards.
“We’re thrilled that our guests enjoyed everything including the silent auction, Splashlight Photobooth and the Toucanettes- the ZSF’s very own dance troupe. With continued support, the ZSF can provide world-class exhibits, wildlife conservation programs and education programs to more than 800,000 people annually,” said Norma Jean Abraham and Irene Korge, 2010 FWTB Chairs.
Beautiful models clad in black were selling zootinis, special zoo inspired martinis made with Revolution Good Spirits Sugar Free Mixers in assorted flavors. Zootini purchasers were given a glow in the dark glass to keep and refill all night for free.
Ron Magill’s Spectacular Dance Party was a hit with great entertainment and plenty of desserts. DJ Donny Michaels started the party off with The Miami Heat dancers and great dance music. Those with a sweet tooth were treated to Blue Bell Ice Cream, Cupcakes Nouveau, 2 Girls and a Cupcake, Ghiradelli chocolate, Hot Cookies, Aroma Espresso & Cappuccino Bar and much more.