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We’ve had the good fortune to attend several events at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas Zoological Garden, an out-of-the-way special event facility hidden in Silverado that’s among the best in OC–and possibly So Cal.
Our most recent visit came in August, when we were invited to an al fresco dinner for 50 created by Chef Kris Kirk of ECCO restaurant inCosta Mesa.
The dinner itself began with appetizers (fig pizza with arugula and goat cheese, prosciutto wrapped melon, arancinis with marinara sauce) and drinks, followed by a tour of the impressive facilities.
Included in the tour was a visit to the Rancho’s zoological garden that includes white Bengal tigers, orange Bengal tigers, zebras, alpacas, lemurs, parrots, and other animals.
After the tour, we enjoyed a four course dinner, with each course paired with wine. The feast included heirloom tomato salad, local white seabass, chianti braised grass-fed beef shortribs, and lemon & blackberry meringue torte.
Wines included Torii Mor Pinot Grigio from Williamette Valley, Oregon, Mont Eden Wolff Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, Torii Mor Pinot Noir from Williamette Valley,
and Gruet sparkling rose from New Mexico.
As you can guess, it was an amazing experience! The food was superb, the wines perfectly matched, and the ambiance both beautiful and rustic.
Haven’t been to Rancho Las Lomas? Now’s your chance—owner Jeannie Lawrence is opening Rancho Las Lomas to the public for “Sunday Funday” on Sunday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the gardens and wild animals, plus live music, face painting, games, carnival treats, picture booths, and up close animal feedings. Food and
beverage will be available for purchase from 24 Carrots Catering.
Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. A portion of the proceeds benefit Orangewood Children’s Foundation, a shelter for children who have been victims of abuse, neglect and
Reservations are not needed. For more information on Rancho Las Lomas, including directions, visit http://www.rancholaslomas.com/.
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