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Feast With the Beasts at Zoo Miami, March 1

Feast With the Beasts is the annual Zoo Miami fundraiser that combines tastes from more than 40 South Florida restaurants, open bars, wild animal encounters and live entertainment.

The Zoological Society of Florida hosts the ‘Feast’ this year on March 1 to celebrate wildlife and tantalize palates with tastes of the most extraordinary dishes created by some of South Florida’s most renowned fine food establishments. Presented by Ryder, Feast With the Beasts helps support the Zoological Society’s wildlife education and conservation programs on behalf of Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, Feast With the Beasts returns in its 20th year as one of the best events in town with tastes from 40 local restaurants and caterers, full open bars, wild animal encounters, live entertainment and complimentary valet parking. Restaurants and wineries participating include: Blue Martini, Chef Adrianne’s, China Grill, Kitchen 305, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Schnebly’s Winery, Shake Shack, Shula’s 347 Grill and Trattoria Sole. Dessert and coffee providers include: Blue Bell Creameries, Contenti Cupcakes, Starbucks, Unique Designer’s Cake and Bassetts Ice Cream.

After the wining and dining, guests are invited to burn off the calories at Ron Magill’s Spectacular Dance Party from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Main Stage with live entertainment by Jon Saxx and Endless Possibilities, and the hottest DJ in town playing the latest tunes.

“We’re so proud to have been celebrating this wonderful fundraiser now for two decades,” said Irene Korge, host committee co-chair with Ana Veiga Milton. “We are honored to chair this event again and hope to raise much needed funds for the Zoological Society of Florida.”

FWTB 2013 is presented by Ryder. Harpy Eagle sponsors include Berenguer Group, FPL, GreenbergTraurig, and United Property Management. Toucan sponsors include Assurant, Carnival Foundation, Cap Trust, Goldstein Schecter Koch, HSBC Private Bank, Lydecker/Diaz Attorneys at Law, Mercantil Commercebank, Regis HR Group, Shutts & Bowen, Susan & Larry Kahn, United Way of Miami-Dade, and U.S. Trust.

Anaconda sponsors include Academica, Allen, Norton & Blue, Casino Miami Jai Alai, Dadeland Animal Hospital, Kabat- Schertzer-De La Torre, Minnie Bandel, MGM Manny Gonzalez Foundation and Parrot Fish Studio. Media Sponsors include AroundTown Magazine, Magic 102.7 FM, Miami Herald, Miami New Times and Social Miami. Official liquor sponsor is Bacardi and the official stage and lighting sponsor is Reflections Productions.

Tickets are $175 and VIP cocktail reception tickets that include admission to the main event are $225. Beastkeeper Passports are $500 and include access to the exclusive Beastkeeper lounge, The Lion’s Den. Safari chic attire is encouraged. Sponsorship packages are available.

For more information, call 305-255- 5551 or go to www.fwtb.org