September 6, 2019, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Premium Entry at 4:00 p.m.


This event is for ages 21+ only

$75 General Admission

$125 Premium Tickets

Experience Woodland Park Zoo after-hours while enjoying cuisine and cocktails inspired by wildlife around the globe, prepared by some of Seattle’s hottest celebrity chefs and mixologists. As if that isn’t enticing enough, each ticket sold raises funds to help save wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.



Chef Ethan Stowell

Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Chef Ethan Stowell is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. His highly acclaimed restaurants include Tavolàta, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, as well as Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. His food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients and allowing the food to do the talking.

Location: Peacock Plaza

  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Grilled eggplant skewers

Chef Edouardo Jordan

Salare Restaurant, JuneBaby, and Lucinda Grain Bar

Chef Edouardo Jordan hails from Florida but in recent years has become a star in the Seattle food scene. Jordan took home not one, but two James Beard Awards in 2018, including Best New Restaurant in the country for his elegant southern eatery, JuneBaby, in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood.

Location: Banyan Wilds

  • Tuna bowl, crispy rice, pickled ginger, wasabi Aioli and wakame salad
  • Carrot escabeche tartine with mussel saffron sauce

Chef Melissa Martz


Chef Melissa Martz started her culinary career with the Tom Douglas team while she finished her degree in public health at UW. After some years of travel and restaurant work around the country, she returned to Tom Douglas in 2015 to take on the position as chef of TanakaSan.

Location: Australiasia

  • Chilled melon soup, sambal, sago puff
  • Vegemite caramel corn, bush tucker dukkah

Chef Quinton Stewart

Ben Paris

Chef Quinton Stewart, a 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, knew early on he was passionate about becoming a chef. He cooked at top restaurants in New York City and Michelin-starred kitchens in San Francisco before returning home to Seattle. Quinton’s cooking is globally-inspired while unfussy, letting the natural ingredients shine in his dishes.

Location: Northern Trail

  • Smoked steelhead trout, corn and heirloom tomato salad, corn mousse, chermoula
  • Dungeness crab “tostada,” avocado, shiso

Chef Jack Timmons

Jack's BBQ

Chef Jack Timmons spent more than a year practicing the art of barbecue and serving to thousands of Northwest BBQ fans at BBQ raves before opening a restaurant in the SoDo region of Seattle – Jack’s BBQ. Now you can find Jack’s BBQ at the original BBQ Headquarters in SoDo as well as the Columbia Tower and in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

Location: North meadow

  • Smoked Double R Ranch brisket bites with house made pickles and BBQ Sauce

Chef Derek Simcik


Derek Simcik spent his formative years experiencing foods from around the world having lived in Greece, Tunisia, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Japan and Austria all before the age of 20. Born in Athens, Greece to American parents, Derek has a great respect for local culture and their unique cuisine. The international influences of Chef Derek’s style continue in Seattle, a global hub which allows him to translate his eclectic childhood experiences into an edible story.

Location: African Village

  • Beef biltong with curry corn pudding
  • Foie crumble with plum gel, compressed plum, pink peppercorn, berry powder

Chef Tori Mann


Tori Mann took over the Chef position at Lola only two years after working as Sous Chef under Chef Matt Fortner. Prior to that, she worked the line at Dahlia Lounge. As a Seattle native, Tori grew up in West Seattle and headed to culinary school right out of high school. She feels lucky to be around good food and in a good locale, and to be able to experience all that a food-focused life has to offer.

Location: Australiasia

  • Chilled melon soup, sambal, sago puff
  • Vegemite caramel corn, bush tucker dukkah




  • $75 per person for General Admission Tickets (plus service fees)
  • $125 per person for Premium Tickets (plus service fees)

General Admission Includes:

  • Opportunity to try bites crafted by some of Seattle's premier chefs
  • Two alcoholic beverage tickets to be redeemed by your choice of beer, wine, or cocktail
  • Entertainment and activities located on North Meadow
  • Access to all zoo exhibits

WildBites Premium Tickets

In addition to all the general admission benefits, Premium tickets also include:

  • Early entry at 4:00 p.m.
  • Souvenir tasting glass
  • 1 additional drink ticket
  • Premium gift bag
  • A pair of general admission zoo passes (2) for a future zoo visit
  • Exclusive ambassador animal encounter



Each cocktail, along with beer and wine, is served at every bar location. For those of you who prefer a non-alcoholic option this evening, we have complimentary Pepsi products served at each bar.

Eric Waks

Super Beuno

El Burro Naranja

Mezcal, Grapefruit Liqueur, Agave Syrup, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice

Suderman Tran

The Carlile Room

Monkey’s Treat

Rum, Zucca, Grapefruit Juice, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup, Banana Liqueur, Rhubarb Bitters

Elmer Dulla

Salare, JuneBaby, Lucinda Grain Bar

1 Star

Tequila, Lychee, Mint, Lime, Fish Sauce, Chili Oil

Josh Haddock



Vodka, Lemon Juice, Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters, Ginger Beer

Abigail Gullo

Ben Paris Restaurant

Queen Bee Cocktail

Hendricks Gin, Lemon, Honey, Verbena



What is included with my ticket?
General Admission tickets include event admission, the opportunity to try bites crafted by some of Seattle’s premier chefs, one alcoholic beverage ticket to be redeemed for your choice of beer, wine, or cocktail, entertainment and activities located on the North Meadow, and access to all zoo exhibits.

Premium tickets include early entry, a souvenir glass, premium gift bag, and a pair of general admission zoo passes (2) for a future zoo visit.

Will WildBites admission be available the day of the event?
If the event does not sell out in advance, general admission tickets will be available to purchase the day of the event, while quantities last. However, please note that this event is anticipated to sell out.

What is a “bite?”
A bite refers to a bite/snack-sized dish prepared by one of our renowned guest chefs. Each chef will prepare two unique bites that will be available for attendees to try.

Will there be additional food and drinks available to purchase?
Yes, both the Rain Forest Food Pavilion and Gather + Graze Café will be open to purchase additional food. Wine/beer and cocktails will also be available for purchase.

Are the items available for purchase at the event cash only, or do you accent credit cards?
Event admission tickets (based on availability) and additional food/drinks may be purchased with cash or credit.

Will there be vegetarian options available?
We are encouraging our chefs to create one of their two available bites to be vegetarian, however what they prepare is at their discretion. All common allergens will be posted and you can always ask the chef or a representative for a list of ingredients used !

Is this event raising money for the zoo?
Yes! Ticket sales, along with additional food and drinks, all raise money to benefit Woodland Park Zoo. Since this is an after-hours fundraising event, regular zoo membership admission does not apply.

Where do I park? How much does parking cost?
The best parking for this event is in the zoo lots located along Phinney Avenue N. and N. 59th Street.  The lot accessible on N. 50th & Fremont Ave. N. will also be open, but the West and North lots are recommended (first come, first served).

Pay-for-parking kiosks are located at each lot. Parking is $6.00 for cars, and $18.00 for buses, RVs and other oversize vehicles.

Disabled parking is available in all zoo lots.

If you must park on the streets surrounding the zoo, please be courteous and do not block driveways.

What should I wear?
This is a very casual event and you will be on grass and outdoors, so dress comfortably and appropriately (rain or shine).

What animal exhibits will I be able to visit?
At this event, all animal exhibits will be open for you to visit! This will be a great time to see our animals after-hours!

Will there be animal encounters during this event?
Yes, Ambassador Animal encounters will be present throughout this event. For more information on our Ambassador Animals, please visit www.zoo.org/ambassadoranimals.