Catering Menus

A Fancy Feast Among the Beasts.

Taste of the Wild Catering, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s exclusive caterer, is a one-stop-shop for all your catering and event needs. Superior service is our standard. Let the Taste of the Wild team take care of everything for you – while you just sit back and take the credit!

A leader in culinary arts from authentic & classic fare to cutting-edge cuisine, you can choose from one of our recommended menus, or we can work together to make any of your ideas a reality. Executive Chef Nathan Dirnberger and his innovative team of chefs are excited to put together a custom menu for you!

Formerly the Executive Chef at Nosh (downtown Colorado Springs), Chef Nate was Student Chef of the Year at Pikes Peak Community College 2010-2011, and is highly decorated and endorsed within the community. Among his many accolades are GOLD Best of the Springs Nosh 2011, Signature Chef of the 2012 March of Dimes, Master Chef Selection for Garlic Fest 2012, and 2012 SSA/KM Concessions Chef Competition 1st Place Team. During his education he made a reputation for himself by building teams, winning medals, founding the PPCC Community Garden, founding the PPCC Culinary Arts Club, and receiving the Star Chefs Scholarship. Chef Nate takes great pride in everything he does and together with his team they will take great pride in making your culinary visit to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo an experience to remember.

For more information or to book your next event, please contact April Nance at 719.314.0970 or email catering@cmzoo.org.

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PLEASE NOTE: All menu prices are per person and do not include a (7.63%) sales tax, (20%) service charge, or any serviceware or equipment rental fees. See “Rentals & Services” section or contact April Nance for details.

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Hors D'Oeuvres Packages

Create your own Custom Hors D’Oeuvres party! Select one of the following packages, choose your menu items from the lists below, and prepare to field the compliments your party is about to receive. All Hors D’Oeuvres Packages come with assorted soda & water.

Hors D’Oeuvres Package Tier I   32

3 Light Hors D’Oeuvres Selections
3 Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres Stations

Hors D’Oeuvres Package Tier II   26

3 Light Hors D’Oeuvres Selections
2 Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres Stations

Hors D’Oeuvres Package Tier III   20

3 Light Hors D’Oeuvres Selections
1 Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres Station

Add a Sweet Station to the Mix  4

Add Hors D’Oeuvres onto any Dinner Menu  7

Choose from: 2 Light Hors D’Oeuvres Selections or 1 Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres Station

 

Light Hors D’Oeuvres Selections

Duck BLT

House Cured Duck Bacon on Artisan Bread with Grape Tomato, Greens, & Scratch Bacon Mayo

Seared Ahi Tuna on Watermelon Wafer 

Sushi Grade Seared Ahi Tuna served on Chili Lime Marinated Watermelon Wafer, finished with Wasabi Honey Drizzle & Cilantro

Chicken & Waffles

Fried Chicken, Serrano Maple Syrup, Whipped Honey Butter, & Crispy Basil Leaf, presented in a Mini Waffle Cone. This item was featured in the 2013 Glass Slipper Ball.

Beef Carpaccio on Grilled Toast Point

With Horseradish Cream and Cracked Black Pepper

Pork Lettuce Cups

Pork, Carrot, Scallion, Ginger, Garlic, Mai Ploy, & Asian Seasoning presented in a Bib Lettuce Cup.

Asian Chicken Salad Wonton

Sweet Chili Dressed Cabbage & Veggie Salad with Grilled Chicken in Crispy Wonton Bowl

Pineapple Shrimp Ceviche

Served on a housemade tortilla chip.
This dish was featured in the Independent! See the recipe here:

White Bean Hummus Tostada

Carnitas, Carne Asada, or Pollo Adobo, presented with Cabbage Salad on Housemade Tostada, finished with Lime Aioli & Cilantro

Smoked Provolone Stuffed Housemade Meatballs

Rolled in Panko, Deep Fried & served with Roasted Tomato Marinara

Assorted Bruschetta

Chef’s Assortment of Seasonal Fresh Bruschetta – possibilities include but are not limited to: Caprese, Roasted Veggie, Grape Confit & Goat Cheese, Mushroom Duxille

Salmon Candy

House Cured & Smoked Candied Salmon


Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres Stations

Street Taco Stand

Chicken, Carnitas, Barbacoa or Fish (choose 2) Tacos topped with Cabbage Slaw, Housemade Pico, & Lime Aioli

Mediterranean Grill

Falafel & Lamb Gyros served on Pita with Med Salad, Tzatziki & Chickpea Popcorn

Asian Noodle Bowl

Beef, Chicken, or Veggie Lo Mein served with Spring Roll & Fortune Cookie
Presented in Chinese Take-Out Boxes with Chopsticks

Black Angus Sliders

Petite Black Angus Sirloin Burgers served with Garlic Parmesan Fries
Choice of: Black ‘N Bleu, Teriyaki, Italian, Old Skool with Grilled Onion & Cheese, or Chef’s Choice

Ribs ‘N Wings

Choice of Buffalo Style, Sticky Thai, Sweet Chili, Maple Chipotle, Peach Pepper
(Specify Desired Heat Level 0% - 100%)

Walking Salad Station

Assortment of 3 salads made from fresh seasonal ingredients, perfectly portioned for effortless enjoyment.
Choose between…  Classic Garlic Caesar, Spinach & Seasonal Fruit, Roasted Veggie Ratatouille or Antipasto, Mini Cobb Salad, Mediterranean, or Chef’s Choice (recommended)

, or YOUR Choice!

Soup Shooters

Selection of 3 hot or chilled soups, presented in small espresso cups so you can try them all!
Possibilities are Endless… Cucumber Basil Gazpacho, Microbrew & Cheese, Curried Sweet Potato Bisque, French Onion with House Crouton & Swiss, Pork Green Chili, Pineapple Yellow Tomato, or Chef’s Choice (recommended) - or YOUR Choice!

Flatbread Pizzas

Grilled Flatbreads topped with Chef’s Choice Combinations of Assorted Sauces, Cheeses, & Toppings
(Gluten Free Options available on request)

Colorado Surf ‘N Turf   5 added to package price

Coffee Dusted Beef Tenderloin & Grilled Salmon Duet served with Sweet Potato Hash, Roasted Poblano Crème, Oven Dried Tomato, & Charred Carrot Chimichurri

 

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Picnic Buffets

All Picnic Buffets come with assorted soda, water, & a roaring good time.

 

Cookout  17

Fresh Grilled ¼ LB. Hamburgers on Brioche Bun & Jumbo Hot Dogs served with All the Fixin’s, Fresh Veggie Pasta Salad, Homestyle Potato Salad, Housemade Kettle Chips, & Assorted Cookies
(Groups under 150   $19)

Barbecue    19

Smoked Beef Brisket & Herb Roasted Chicken, Homestyle Potato Salad, Granny Smith Apple Slaw, & Housemade Kettle Chips, served with either Brioche Buns or Corn Muffins & Assorted Cookies
Add Baby Back Ribs  4
(Groups under 150   $21)

Sizzling Fajitas   19

Marinated & Grilled Chicken & Steak Fajitas served with Grilled Bell Peppers & Onions, Warm Flour Tortillas, Shredded Cheese, Housemade Pico, Sour Cream, & Guacamole, accompanied by Southwest Beans, Spanish Rice, & Chef’s Dessert

Steak Cook-Out   35

Grilled Individual Sirloin Steaks & Herb Roasted Chicken, served with Hot Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Chef’s Baked Beans, Fresh Green Salad tossed with Veggies & Vinaigrette, Rolls & Assorted Colorado Cobblers. Upgrade to enamel tin plates & mason jar glasses to complete the rustic western look!

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Custom Dinner Buffets

All Custom Dinner Buffets come with bread & butter, coffee, assorted soda, & water.
Vegetarian entrees available upon request & are based on confirmed count.

Menu Item Key:
© Colorado Proud
$ Price may change based on market fluctuation
+ Requires Rental of Vessel
* Carved Item – Carver fee applies   65


Custom Buffet Tier I   48


Entree (select 2)
Garlic & Herb Rubbed Buffalo Prime Rib with Chef’s choice accompaniments ©*
Roasted Chicken Forestiere (Brown Butter Wild Mushroom Sauce) ©
Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb with Cherry Rosemary Jus ©*
Wild Boar Tenderloin with Garlic Bacon Jam & Crispy Herbs $©*
Broiled Wild Salmon with Candied Lemon Preserve $
Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin *
Pan Seared Halibut Picatta $
Fresh Lobster Tails $

Salad (select 2)
Mixed Greens, Seasonal Fruit, Smoked Bleu Cheese, Red Onion, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, & Balsamic Reduction ©
Baby Romaine Hearts, Shaved Parmesan, House Crouton, & Caesar Dressing
Heirloom Tomato, Goat Cheese, Red Onion, Fresh Herbs, & Natural Vinaigrette
Roasted Beet Salad with Dried Cantaloupe, Toasted Almonds, & Kiwi Vinaigrette on a Bed of Arugula

Vegetable (select 1)
Local Honey Glazed Heirloom Carrots
Goat Cheese Stuffed Squash $
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Thyme
Brown Almond Buttered Haricot Vert
Chef’s Choice ©

Starch (select 1)
Garlic Duchess Potatoes
Brown Butter Sage Fingerling Potatoes
Creamy Herbed Risotto
Wild Quinoa and Rice Pilaf

Dessert (select 1)
Lemon Poppy Seed Biscuits w/ Fresh Berries & Chantilly Crème
Drunken Raisin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel & Candied Walnuts
Banana Panna Cotta with Rum Caramel & Brown Butter Macadamia Graham Cracker Crumble +
Sweet Potato Pecan Tart
Lemon Meringue Tart
Green Apple Tart
Cranberry Rosemary Sugar Crème Brulee +
Chef’s Choice Dessert Display

 

Custom Buffet Tier II   32


Entree (select 2)
Almond Crusted Salmon with Brown Butter Maple Crème
Pub Style Braised Buffalo Short Ribs
Apricot Preserve and Bleu Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Cider Brined Bone in Pork Chop with Warm Apple Bacon Bourbon Chutney ©*
Crispy Pork Belly Marsala over Wilted Spinach
Carved Beef Tenderloin with Creamy Horseradish *
Trout Almondine ©

Salad (select 2)
Mixed Greens, Seasonal Fruit, Smoked Bleu Cheese, Red Onion, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, & Balsamic Reduction
Crisp Romaine Hearts, Shaved Parmesan, House Crouton, & Caesar Dressing
Caprese with Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Olive Oil and Balsalmic Viniagrette
Fresh Spinach, Roasted Sweet Potato, Pralined Almonds, tossed with Bacon Vinaigrette

Vegetable (select 1)
Miso Roasted Cauliflower
Honey Glazed Carrots
Zucchini Treasure Chests
Brown Almond Buttered Haricot Vert
Chef’s Choice ©

Starch (select 1)
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Garlic Smashed Potatoes
Creamy Herbed Risotto
Wild Rice Pilaf

Dessert (select 1)
Assorted Colorado Cobblers; Cherry, Blackberry, Peach ©
Chef's Cheesecake Bar
Chef's Bread Pudding
Crème Brulee; Banana, Peach, Pineapple, Mexican Chocolate or Chef's Choice
Chef’s Choice Dessert Display

 

Custom Buffet Tier III   28


Entree (select 2)
Roasted Pork Loin with Chef’s choice of Accompaniments ©*
Slow Roasted Rare Top Round with Creamy Horseradish *
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Orange Cranberry Relish ©*
Grilled Tri Tip with Chef’s choice of Accompaniments *
Cheese and Sausage Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Marinara
Pub Style Braised Pot Roast with Veggies and Potatoes
Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter
Honey Glazed Spiral Ham *
Herb Roasted Chicken
Chicken Marsala
Housemade Lasagna

Salad (select 2)
Mixed Greens, Seasonal Fruit, Smoked Bleu Cheese, Red Onion, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, & Balsamic Reduction
Crisp Romaine Hearts, Shaved Parmesan, House Crouton, & Caesar Dressing
Caprese with Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Olive Oil and Balsalmic Viniagrette

Vegetable (select 1)
Miso Roasted Cauliflower
Honey Glazed Carrots
Zucchini Treasure Chests
Brown Almond Buttered Haricot Vert
Chef’s Choice ©

Starch (select 1)
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Garlic Smashed Potatoes
House BBQ Baked Beans
Wild Rice Pilaf

Dessert (select 1)
Assorted Colorado Cobblers; Cherry, Blackberry, Peach ©
Chef's Cheesecake Bar
Chef's Bread Pudding
Crème Brulee; Banana, Peach, Pineapple, Mexican Chocolate or Chef's Choice
Chef’s Choice Dessert Display

 

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Seated Served Dinners

Bring your wildest food dreams to life!


Let Executive Chef Nathan Dirnberger help you custom create your seated served dinner menu. Contact April Nance for chef recommendations, or tell us what you envision and we’ll perfect it.

All Seated Served Dinners include coffee, iced tea & water service.

Vegetarian options available on request, and based on confirmed count.

Gluten Free & Dairy Free options available on request, and based on confirmed count.

China & glassware rental required, and not included in dinner price.

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Bar Packages

All Bar Packages include compostable serviceware.
Add Full Bar Glassware  3
Designated Drivers not included.

Host Full Platinum Bar   28

Beer, Wine & Top Shelf Liquor served to your adult guests for up to 3 hours

Host Full Bar   22

Beer, Wine & Mixed Drinks served to your adult guests for up to 3 hours

Host Beer & Wine Bar   18

Beer & Wine Only served to your adult guests for up to 3 hours

Cash Bar          

Drinks made available for your guests to purchase throughout your event time
Bartender Fee Applies  400 for the first 3 hours (150 per hour after)

Host On Consumption Bar

Beer & Wine Only, or Full Bar served to your guests at no charge
Client is billed after the event based on alcohol consumed during the event
Beer & Wine  7
Mixed Drinks  8
Bartender Fee Applies   400 for the first 3 hours (150 per hour after)

Pre-Purchased Drink Tickets

Beer & Wine Tickets  7
Mixed Drink Tickets  8
Bartender Fee Applies   400 for the first 3 hours (150 per hour after)

Bar Add-Ons

Champagne Toast  5
Specialty Cocktail  6

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Catering Add-Ons

Old Time Soda Bar   5

Bottled sodas in assorted flavors add a retro twist!

Chocolate Fountain   8

Fruit, pretzel sticks, marshmallows, pound cake,
your face & shirt covered in creamy chocolate – who
wouldn’t want that?!
Fountain Rental Applies   500

Concessions Tickets

Grizzly Grill Meal Tickets   15
Dessert Coupons  4
Large Souvenir Beverage Coupons   4.50
Tax & Service Fee Applies



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Rentals & Services

Complimentary Services

25 5ft Round Tables to be used in Lodge at Moose Lake
Up to 8 5ft Round Tables to be used in Safari Lodge
240 Black Plastic Chairs to be used in Lodge at Moose Lake
60 Wicker Chairs to be used in Safari Lodge
10 Cabaret Tables
12 6ft Banquet Tables
All Buffet/Bar Linen & Décor
Standard Event Staffing
Standard Setup Fee Applies to All Events  300
Additional Setup Fees May Apply for
Events held at Outdoor Exhibits

Linen Rentals

All events must use linen to cover tables.
108’’ or 120’’ Round basic Poly or Satin Linens  20
108’’or 120’’ Round "Upgraded" Linens   30
90" x 132" Banquet Linens  20
Chair Covers (includes basic sash)   5
Linen Napkins (also included with China Packages)  1

China & Glassware Rentals

Buffet China Package (includes basic table settings)  7
Seated Served China Package (required, includes full table settings)  12
Full Bar Glassware   3
A La Carte Rental Available, ask for details

Other Rental Items

Additional rental items are available at the client’s expense. Items include, tables, chairs, wedding accessories, décor items, tents, and much more. Inquire for details.

Additional Services

Centerpieces
Custom Décor Packages
Lodge at Moose Lake Custom Ceiling Décor
Ask for recommendations on DJ’s & Entertainment,
Wedding Cakes & Florals, Activities, etc.
Prices & Details based on Setup Needed & Client’s Vision
Additional Setup Fees May Apply


For more information, or to book your next catering event,
please contact April Nance with
Taste of the Wild Catering at 719-314-0970
or email catering@cmzoo.org.