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Chattanooga Zoo delivers stuffed surprises to Erlanger kids

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Chattanooga Zoo is teaming up with Erlanger Hospital to help brighten the spirits of some very special kids.

You can now buy stuffed animals at the Chattanooga Zoo that they will then give to children with cancer.

Today they delivered a big wagon full for kids to pick out one for themselves.

Four-year-old Cezar was thrilled.

“He’s so cute,” Cezar said of his new stuffed animal. He named him Giraffey.

Cezar is one of the hospital’s Miracle Kids. They are patients who ...

Buddy’s Pizza to open Detroit Zoo location

By SHERRI WELCH

A Buddy’s Pizza location is set to open at the Detroit Zoo in the spring.

It will join two other Detroit food operators at the zoo, American Coney Island and Detroit Popcorn, and mark the pizza chain’s first location inside an attraction.

While a few zoos around the country sell foods made in their local markets, they do not operate branded restaurants, said Patricia Janeway, the zoo’s communications director.

Service Systems Associates, the operator of concessions, retail and grounds services for ...

Ron Hall to Receive the Premier Illuminating Excellence Award

SSA’s Vice President of Procurement, Ron Hall was presented with Premier’s Illuminating Excellence Award-Commercial at the 2017 Premier Culinary Creation Dinner this past June. The award recognizes an outstanding food service professional as Premier’s food service director of the year. Ron was selected based on overall improvements in operations, participation in Premier activities, professional and community activities, and personal achievements. Way-to-go, Ron! 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin Named 2017 Seafood Champion

In his two short years as Monterey Bay Aquarium’s executive chef, Matthew Beaudin has already made a lasting impression. Chef Matt is dramatically transforming our restaurant’s product sourcing by working with Seafood Watch and his vendors. He hopes it can serve as a sustainability model for others to follow.

Today, we’re happy to share that his tireless effort has been recognized with a Seafood Champion Award in the Visionary category. The Awards are given out annually by ...

Oakland Zoo Unveils $13 Million Restaurant and Gondolas

By Justin Phillips

June 5, 2017 Updated: June 6, 2017 1:27pm

Photo: Justin Phillips

The Landing Cafe in Oakland.

Oakland’s newest restaurant features 190 seats and totes a $13 million price tag. Its window-lined dining room, nestled in the rolling hills, has views overlooking six Bay Area counties and can be accessed only by a four-minute ride on Northern California’s only urban gondolas.

And those gondolas? They’re just a couple of feet past the giraffes.

You don’t need to scour OpenTable to secure ...