One Wild Night

Top restaurants put on a tasty spread for Houston Zoo Ambassadors bash

Top restaurants put on a tasty spread for Houston Zoo Ambassadors bash

Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala snake
Houston Zoo Ambassadors have a special night with zoo residents. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Courtney Solleveld, Lee Ehmke, Bas Solleveld
Event chairs Courtney and Bas Solleveld with Houston Zoo president Lee Ehmke, center. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Chris Shepherd
Underbelly's Chris Shepherd, center, with staff. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Alice and Patrick Kerley
Alice Kerley, Patrick Kerley. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Seth Siegel Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, Chef-Owners, The Pass & Provisions
Seth Siegel Gardner and Terrence Gallivan of The Pass & Provisions. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Adam and Kelly Tepper, Billy and Brooke O'Neil
Adam Tepper, Kelly Tepper, Billy O'Neil, Brooke O'Neil. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Angela and Dath Collins
Angela Collins, Dath Collins. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Sarah O' Shea, Cristina Masson
Sarah O' Shea, Cristina Masson. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Curly the sloth
A demonstration with Curly the sloth. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala George and Meg Basu
George Basu, Meg Basu. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Justin Lusk, Katherine Lusk, Dallas Hall, Amanda Evans
Justin Lusk, Katherine Lusk, Dallas Hall, Amanda Evans. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Lacey and Matt Goossen
Lacey Goossen, Matt Goossen. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Kim Reiff, Eamon Kelly
Kim Reiff, Eamon Kelly. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Mike Reddell, Cary Reddell
Mike Reddell, Cary Reddell. Daniel Ortiz for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala snake
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Courtney Solleveld, Lee Ehmke, Bas Solleveld
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Chris Shepherd
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Alice and Patrick Kerley
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Seth Siegel Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, Chef-Owners, The Pass & Provisions
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Adam and Kelly Tepper, Billy and Brooke O'Neil
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Angela and Dath Collins
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Sarah O' Shea, Cristina Masson
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Curly the sloth
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala George and Meg Basu
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Justin Lusk, Katherine Lusk, Dallas Hall, Amanda Evans
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Lacey and Matt Goossen
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Kim Reiff, Eamon Kelly
Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala Mike Reddell, Cary Reddell

What: Houston Zoo Ambassadors Donor Club annual gala.

Where: Houston Zoo.

The scoop: A colorful cast of zoo residents joined more than 250 partygoers for up-close-and-personal encounters. Among them a snake, rooster, sloth, a pair of dingoes and a cheetah added a wild touch to the festivities which raised more than $94,000.

Courtney and Bas Solleveld chaired the evening that featured gourmet food stations from 16 restaurants including Underbelly, Kata Robata, Canopy and Brennan's. The good eats were washed down with a variety of libations from Robert Mondavi, No Label Brewing Co., Finlandia, Herradura and Woodford. 

Who: Houston Zoo CEO and president Lee Ehmke, Alice and Patrick Kerley, Lacey and Matt Goossen, Kelly and Adam Tepper, Brooke and Billy O'Neil,  Candace and Brian Thomas, and Margaret and T.J. Farnsworth.