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Rendez-Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo and Grilled Squash Salad in Today's Eater's Digest

Rendez-Zoo 2011
Got $500 (or, for that matter, $75,000) burning a hole in your pocket?  Because an evening of conservation and cuisine does not come cheap. If you're looking to blow your kid's college fund or you just won the lottery, check out the Phoenix Zoo's Rendez-Zoo this Saturday, October 15th. Join Valley philanthropists and business leaders for an evening of food and cocktails from a number of Valley sponsors including Modern Steak, Barrio Cafe, and Crudo. Peruse the silent auction items and chat with zoo staff members while enjoying gourmet appetizers and classy cocktails, then sit down to a lakeside dinner prepared specially by Chef Eddie Matney. After dinner, dance your heart out under the stars, participate in the live auction or grab a sweet treat (Lee's Cream Liqueur's spiked ice cream anyone?) and night cap with friends in the late night lounge. Last year the event raised more than $400,000 to help support the endangered animals that make their homes at the zoo. This year they hope to meet or beat the number. To learn more about the Phoenix Zoo, their conservation efforts or to inquire about tickets, click here

Grilled Courgette Salad

We just spend an hour looking at various things wrapped in bacon (look for a future list!) and decided that we needed something green, ASAP. We found this delicious Grilled Chicken and Courgette (a fancy British word for zucchini) Salad just in time. Of course we couldn't fully escape the bacon -- this guy is topped with thinly sliced prosciutto. Check out more pretty photos and get the recipe here

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