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Celebrity chefs and distilleries coming to Woodland Park Zoo for Whisky and WildBites

Chris Maykut

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Chef Edouardo Jordan with guests at WildBites 2019.Courtesy of the Woodland Park Zoo

After taking a year's hiatus from their popular and well-attended WildBites event series, The Woodland Park Zoo announced today they are returning later this year as the pandemic starts to subside. Rather than a single event that matches restaurants with bars, this year's iteration will be a 4-part after hours series matching Seattle's best chefs with local whisky distillaries.

Proceeds from the event go to furthering the Zoo's mission of actively fighting species extinction globally: "As if it could get any sweeter, every bite you take helps ensure a brighter future for our planet. This adults-only event is inspired by the zoo’s mission to save species—each ticket sold raises funds to help save wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and around the world."

Each Thursday night in August, attendeed will be able to wander through the zoo after houes and taste the fare of four different chefs and different distilleries per night. The entire zoo will remain open so patrons can visit all of thier favorite animals while sampling and sipping.

Whiskey & WildBites tickets are $95 and include complimentary bites crafted by some of Seattle's premier chefs, six tasting tickets to sample whiskey expressions offered by premier distilleries, two beverage tickets to be redeemed for a full pour of beer or wine, animal experiences located on the zoo’s North Meadow, and uncrowded access to all zoo exhibits.

Specialty desserts will be prepared nightly by Executive Chef David VanGelder of Levy Restaurants and Woodland Park Zoo 

Whiskey & WildBites All-star Lineup: 

Featured Chefs: 

August 5 
Donna Moodie / Marjorie Restaurant 
Victor Steinbrueck / Local Tide 
Bella Sangar / Sri Bella 
Eric Tanaka / Dahlia Bakery 

August 12 
Mitch Mayers / Sawyer 
Rachel Yang / Joule 
Chester Gerl / Gracia Cocina Mexicana 
Jason Stoneburner / Stoneburner 

August 19 
Maximillian Petty / Eden Hill Restaurant 
Travis Post / Plenty of Clouds 
Nicco Muratore / mamnoon Restaurant 
Eric Donnelly / RockCreek 

August 26 
Renee Erickson / Willmott’s Ghost 
Edouardo Jordan / JuneBaby 
Eric Johnson / Stateside 
Ethan Stowell / Ethan Stowell Restaurants 

Distilleries: 

August 5 & 12 
Starward Australian Whiskey 
Copperworks Distilling Company 
BenRiach Distillery 
Fremont Mischief Distillery 
Whidbey Island Distillery 

August 19 & 26 
2BAR Spirits 
Penderyn Distillery 
Saint Liberty Whiskey 
Heritage Distilling Company 

Tickets are on sale now at zoo.org/wildbites

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