Banana Ball Draws Hundreds To Benefit Zoo

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - by Andrew Clark

Saturday evening was warm and clear, and despite numerous other events in Chattanooga, including UTC Homecoming festivities and the regionally popular River Rocks outdoors competition and festivities, more than 300 Chattanooga Zoo supporters came out for the 13th annual Banana Ball fundraiser.

This year's celebrity guest host was Jeff Corwin, an animal and nature conservationist, best known as host and executive producer of the Animal Planet

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Chattanooga caterer Lee Towery created a lavish spread of beef tenderloin, jumbo shrimp cocktail, lobster tacos, beef short ribs, chicken parmesean, an assortment of roasted vegetables, mini quesadillas, grilled bacon-wrapped bananas, black bean chutney tortilla cups, and a crowd favorite that Towery calls "Firecracker" shrimp, which are lightly fried and tossed in a spicy cream dressing. 




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