Friday, July 27, 2012

Wines in the Wild 2012 a Huge Success!

Wines in the Wild 2012 a Huge Success!

Buffalo, NY – 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 25, 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, 2Find York Home 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:


AWARD                                  VENDOR                               
Best Beer                                 Pyramid                                   

Best Entrée                               Buffalo Roadhouse Grill

Best Dessert                             Fairy Cakes                                         
Most Unusual Fare                    Brodo                                        

Best Presentation                      Dessert Deli                 

Best Wine                                 Global Group                                        

Specialty Vendor                       Buffalo Spree                           

Rookie of the Year                    Buffalo Roadhouse Grill

Specialty Beverage                    McKenzies Hard Cider                         

The following is a list of generous participants:

Beastro at the Zoo                                             May Jen
Bravo! Cucina Italiana                                       McKenzie’s Hard Cider
Brick Oven Bistro and Deli                                Merchant du Vin
Brodo                                                               Merrit Estate Winery
Brooklyn Brewery                                             Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Buffalo Brew Pub                                             Nickel City Market Cafe
Buffalo Roadhouse Grill                                     Oogie Games
Buffalo Spree                                                    Panera Bread
Bully Hill                                                           Passport Wine & Liquor
Chateau Buffalo                                                Pearl Street Grill and Brewery
Coca-Cola Bottling Company                             Pizza Plant Italian Pub
Cole’s, Blue Monk, Libery Hound                       Premier Liquor
D’Avolio Olive Oils                                           Pyramid
Dessert Deli                                                      Rich’s Red Brick Market
Fairy Cakes Cupcakery                                     Risa’s Restaurant & Catering
Flying Bison Brewery                                        Rohrbach Brewing Company
Francesca’s Ristorante Italiano                          Saranac & Lake Placid
Fulkerson Winery                                              Seagram’s Escapes
Gates Circle Wine & Liquor                               Spot Coffee
Global Group Wines and Spirits                          The Melting Pot
Great Lakes Brewery                                        The Tonawanda Castle
Harpoon Brewery                                             Vetter Vinyards
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill                                    Vitaminwater
Johnson Estate Winery                                      Volkswagen of Orchard Park
Lebro’s Restaurant                                            Willow Creek Winery
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Co                              Yancey’s Fancy                       
Magic Hat                                                         Zootique

Celebrity Judges

Joe Arena, WIVB-TV/Channel 4
Julia Burke, Buffalo Spree
Russ Burton, Buffalo Bills Radio Network
Elizabeth Carey, Business First
Anthony Congi, WIVB/WNLO-TV
Aga Dembinska, WIVB/WNLO-TV
Jim Fink, Business First
Andrew Z. Galarneau, Buffalo News
Melissa Holmes, WGRZ-TV/Channel 2
Chris Klein, WGRF-FM/97 Rock
Jane Kwiatkowski, Buffalo News
Heather Ly, WGRZ-TV/Channel 2
Andy Parker, WGRZ-TV/Channel 2
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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