News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 25, 2018
Valentine’s Dinner and Brunch for Animal Lovers at Brookfield Zoo

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            Brookfield, Ill.— Looking for a new, fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart? Well, if you have an animal lover in your life, head to Brookfield Zoo for a romantic Valentine’s dinner on Saturday, February 10. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres alongside the giraffes in the zoo’s Habitat Africa! The Savannah, where an animal care specialist will be available to answer questions about these majestic mammals.
            After the cocktail hour, board the heated Snowball Express for a short ride to the zoo’s Bocaditos dining room for a delectable four-course meal beginning with the chef’s popular butternut squash soup and traditional Caesar salad. An intermezzo of lemon sorbet served in a frozen lemon rind bowl precedes the main course of petite filet and lobster tail accompanied with dauphinoise potatoes and a fresh zucchini basket filled with zucchini, carrots, and squash. (Spinach and cheese ravioli with a vodka sauce is available for vegetarians.) The meal concludes with a scrumptious chocolate truffle cake with a raspberry infusion. A premium bar package, along with wine and champagne, are included. Following dinner, enjoy dancing to music provided by a DJ until 11:30 p.m. Tickets for the Valentine’s dinner cost $225 per couple.
            If you are unable to make it to dinner, join Brookfield Zoo on Sunday, February 11, for a Valentine’s brunch. Celebrate as a couple or bring the entire family for a fun-filled day. The delicious all-you-can-eat brunch begins at 11:00 a.m. in the zoo’s Discovery Center.
            Menu items being served include assorted breakfast pastries; eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce; buttermilk pancakes; bacon and sausage links; Lyonnaise potatoes; butternut squash soup; Caesar and mixed greens salads; roasted vegetables; peel-and-eat shrimp; smoked salmon; lox and bagels; herb-roasted free-range chicken; grilled lamb kabobs; homemade crab cakes and penne primavera. The chef will also be offering made-to-order omelettes with all the fixings and a carving station featuring a round of beef with port wine sauce and Virginia ham. Last but not least, guests can enjoy items from the decadent sweet table of chocolate fondue dip with fresh fruits and assorted pastries. Coffee, tea, and juice, as well as champagne for adults, will be served tableside. Tickets for brunch are $47 for adults and $37 for children 3-11.
            Reservations are required and seating is limited for both the Valentine’s dinner and brunch. For either event, guests should enter the zoo via its south gate entrance at 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield. Visit or call (708) 688-8355 to make reservations and for further information.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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