Save the Chimps’ Kitchen: A Chef Food Tasting


Save the Chimps Sanctuary

Save the Chimps, the world’s largest privately-funded chimpanzee sanctuary, is hosting its 10th annual Chimps’ Kitchen: A Chef Food Tasting event, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 1st at Cobalt at the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, 3500 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach.

Chimps’ Kitchen has been described as one of the most unique, fun, educational and heartwarming charity events in Florida. This chic culinary celebration features food tastings, specialty cocktails, live eclectic and worldly music and the opportunity for attendees to learn about chimpanzees and get a glimpse into the lives of the nearly 250 chimp residents at Save the Chimps.

The 10th Annual Chimps’ Kitchen will feature food tastings from esteemed local chefs including Executive Chef James Mason and Chef Tim Blouin of Grand Harbor, Chef Robert Meitzer and Sous Chef Sebastien Jack of Windsor and Chef Winston Guerrero-Pena of Cobalt. The event will also feature a silent auction with an array of exciting items; from a behind-the-scenes tour of the Save the Chimps sanctuary (the sanctuary is closed to the public), airfare from JetBlue, framed artwork painted by the sanctuary’s artistically-inclined chimps, and a myriad of excursions and experience packages.

Save the Chimps is home to nearly 250 chimpanzees rescued from biomedical research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the sanctuary is composed of twelve man-made islands, where the chimps live in large family groups of up to 25 members. The islands provide them with an opportunity to feel the grass beneath their feet and warm sun on their backs, to climb on various structures and forage for enrichment foods scattered throughout the islands. Most importantly, it allows them to enjoy the company of fellow chimpanzees. Prior to their rescue, many of the chimps in our care lived in isolation, without the social companionship they need to thrive.

Tickets and sponsorships for Chimps’ Kitchen are available at Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Tickets are priced at $100 per person or $175 for two. Sponsorships start at $500+ and include a number of benefits and recognition opportunities. All inquiries regarding Chimps’ Kitchen can be directed to Monica Naranjo at or 772-429-2225.

All funds raised directly benefit the nearly 250 chimpanzees living at Save the Chimps. To learn more about Save the Chimps, visit or

About Save the Chimps

Co-founded by renowned primatologist Dr. Carole Noon and founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, Jon Stryker, Save the Chimps’ mission is to provide sanctuary and exemplary care to chimpanzees in need. In 2001, Save the Chimps was awarded custody of 21 chimpanzees retired from the US Air Force, all survivors and descendants of chimpanzees used in NASA’s space research program. Less than one year later, the Coulston Foundation (TCF), a research laboratory in New Mexico, contacted Save the Chimps to negotiate the retirement of the 266 chimpanzees in their custody. Facing bankruptcy, TCF had lost funding due to repeated Animal Welfare Act violations. In the single largest rescue effort on behalf of chimpanzees in history, Save the Chimps took ownership of the laboratory and transported the chimpanzees to the Florida sanctuary site. This effort, known as the Great Chimpanzee Migration, took nine years and was completed in 2011. Since that time, Save the Chimps has continued to provide sanctuary to chimpanzees in need.    The world’s largest privately funded chimpanzee sanctuary


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