Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sparkling Safari

The sequins will brave the wild Friday night.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is pulling out all the stops for its annual black tie event, Zoofari - Through the Congo, which this year celebrates the Year of the Gorilla.

Through the Congo is the Zoo's 27th such celebration, meaning the destination in Avondale has had a lot of experience pulling together a great party - and this year's fete is no exception.

I got wrangled into this whole Zoofari deal by one of my dear friends who works at the Zoo, appropriately nicknamed Zooey on the blog. Zooey asked me to volunteer last year, explaining that volunteering would mean putting on a pretty party dress, mingling with Cincinnati's movers and shakers, selling a few raffle tickets and then enjoying all the delicious food and drink a gal could handle.

Where do I sign up? was my response.

The evening turned out to be probably my favorite of the entire year in 2008, so I was quick to sign up for a volunteer shift when the offer came again this time around.

This year I scored a volunteer shift escorting one of the most dapper and well-read Cincinnati Bengals (those are two major hints, people) while selling Zooloon gift certificates. After our shifts are over, my friends (Bluegrass Brit and Sweet will be among my crowd of people in attendance) will enjoy signature cocktails and bites from the best restaurants in Cincinnati.

I've been told there are going to be something like 40 restaurants on site - what a great way to taste your way around town and suss out a new, favorite dining spot.

Cincinnati event planner to the stars Joe Rigotti is the man behind Zoofari's mystique. From hip, swanky lounge furniture to elegant, ephemeral draping, Rigotti has a knack for turning any space (including a tent erected on a zoo parking lot) into one of the most dynamite places in town. Can't wait to see what he does with this year's space.

If the food and drink and animals running amok (okay, they're not really running amok) aren't enough to trip your trigger - you may be interested in knowing Zoofari will also treat party goers to the amazing musical stylings of Soul Pocket.

This band is awesome, and likely the best bet at getting a bunch of Cincinnati's Jet Set to hit the dance floor.

You can still buy tickets to Zoofari, so if you can swing the $250 ($200/members) price tag, I highly recommend it.

I can't say I've been to a better party in Cincinnati.

Zoofari: 6 to 11 pm on Friday, September 25. Click here for more information, including where to call to buy tickets.

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