CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo’s A Toast to the Wild event series, presented by Key Bank, jump starts with an exciting event – Zootini! All proceeds will benefit the Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) Guests will be able to purchase A Toast to the Wild series packages which will guarantee tickets to Zootini, all three Wild about Wine events and Zoo Brew now through March 24th! Visit the Event Calendar on our website, www.cincinnatizoo.org, for a complete listing of events and to purchase your tickets on-line. Zootini is “shaking” things up on Thursday, March 24 with seven fun martini tastings, live music, animal encounters and appetizers courtesy of Noodles and Company, Smokey Bones, Keystone Bar & Grill, Innovations Catering, City Barbeque, ZZ’s Pizza and more! Martinis will be shaken and stirred by our friends from Three Olives. Just a few of the Martini’s available for tasting are Cougartini, Polar Bear Plunge, Black Warrior Waterdog, and the Screaming Hairy Buffalo. This event is held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Safari Camp. This event sold out last year so make sure you purchase your tickets today! Individual tickets to Zootini are $35 a person; for those who like to experience this great event and not sample the exotic martinis, we offer a Designated Driver ticket for $20 a person to ensure a fun and safe time for everyone. Wild about Wine un-corks this year on May 12, June 23, and August 18. Each tasting takes place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and features a selection of unique wines courtesy of Kroger and Banfi Vintners, delicious appetizers from local restaurants, animal encounters, music, a silent auction, and a bit of wine education. The cost for individual events is $35 a person as well as the Designated Driver ticket for $20. Zoo Brew is on tap this year on October 6. The annual beer tasting event takes place from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. and will feature 20 different varieties of beers provided by Samuel Adams including some unique brews such as Twisted Tea, Imperial Series and Hard Core Cider. Brew-masters will be on site to discuss the “science of beer,” provide insight on beer varieties, and answer any questions you may have. Individual tickets to Zoo Brew are $35 per person as well as the Designated Driver ticket for $20. For more information email [email protected]. Pre-registration is encouraged for each evening as space is limited and events are expected to sell-out.