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Houston's top chefs stir up a wild animal feast: When foodies overrun the Zoo

Houston's top chefs stir up a wild animal feast: When foodies hit Zoo

1 Georgina and Thad Armstrong at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Georgina and Thad Armstrong. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
16 Lindsey Brown and Chris Shepherd at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Lindsey Brown and Chris Shepherd. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
254 Charlie and Susan Neuhaus, from left, and Ali and Haydeh Daboudi at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Charlie and Susan Neuhaus, left, with Ali and Haydeh Daboudi. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
275 Sara and Craig Stone at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Sara and Craig Stone. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
251 Dylan Murray, from left, Robert Del Grande and Chris Shepherd at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Dylan Murray, from left, Robert Del Grande and Chris Shepherd. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
272 Matt and Catherine Matthews, from left, and Courtney and Bill Toomey at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Matt and Catherine Matthews, left, with Courtney and Bill Toomey. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
271 Allie Nicholson, left, and Shae Padgett at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Allie Nicholson, left, and Shae Padgett. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
265 Beth and Nick Zdeblick, from left, and Mike and Michelle Rigo at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Beth and Nick Zdeblick, left, with Mike and Michelle Rigo. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
255 Ali Wolf and Travis Gumphrey at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Ali Wolf and Travis Gumphrey. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
188 Norman the prehensile-tailed porcupine at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Norman the prehensile-tailed porcupine. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
109 Marie Thompson and Beau Thompson at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Marie and Beau Thompson. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
62 Lisa Mason, from left, Katie Stein and Laura Garcia at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Lisa Mason, from left, Katie Stein and Laura Garcia. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
54 Barrett Bogatto, from left, Christina Berg and Matthew Mealey at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
Barrett Bogatto, from left, Christina Berg and Matthew Mealey. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/Houston Zoo
1 Georgina and Thad Armstrong at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
16 Lindsey Brown and Chris Shepherd at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
254 Charlie and Susan Neuhaus, from left, and Ali and Haydeh Daboudi at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
275 Sara and Craig Stone at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
251 Dylan Murray, from left, Robert Del Grande and Chris Shepherd at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
272 Matt and Catherine Matthews, from left, and Courtney and Bill Toomey at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
271 Allie Nicholson, left, and Shae Padgett at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
265 Beth and Nick Zdeblick, from left, and Mike and Michelle Rigo at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
255 Ali Wolf and Travis Gumphrey at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
188 Norman the prehensile-tailed porcupine at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
109 Marie Thompson and Beau Thompson at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
62 Lisa Mason, from left, Katie Stein and Laura Garcia at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015
54 Barrett Bogatto, from left, Christina Berg and Matthew Mealey at the Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala February 2015

What: Houston Zoo Ambassadors Gala.

Where: The Houston Zoo Masihara Pavilion.

The 411: Fourteen of the city's top restaurants pulled out the stops for the wildly popular Ambassadors fundraiser where on this night close to 300 guests grazed through the culinary-rich setting. Underbelly's star chef Chris Shepherd and Lindsey Brown served as restaurant chairs, lining up the taste sensations for guests, while Georgina and Thad Armstrong chaired the fundraiser.

Eateries serving specialties were Lucille's, Museum Park Cafe, Benjy's, Local Foods, Coltivare, Revival, Americas, Siphon Coffee, Paulie's, Fluff Bake Bar, RDG + Bar Annie, Kata Robata and Underbelly.

The entertainment featured zoo animals including a talking, painting Eclectus parrot named Rainbow; Norman, the prehensile-tailed porcupine; a chinchilla; and a Harris' hawk.

Who: Chefs Chris Williams, Robert Del Grande, Ryan Pera and Jean Philippe Gaston, plus Houston Zoo president Deborah Cannon, Emily and Lucas Lavoy, Divya and Chris Brown, Carlos Meltzer and Nick Espinosa, Gloria and Jesse Bounds and Heather and Tom O'Connor.

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