The impression we got from our tasting was that this was certainly much more than a glorified snack bar, bearing some nice gourmet treats for zoo-goers.
Leading us for the purposes of this blog to last night, when Dirnberger hosted the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Culinary Federation for its (late) holiday party inside the incredibly scenic Lodge at Moose Lake.
Chef Dirnberger sent me a comped invite to document the evening. He was also receiving the ACF President's Award "for dedicated service above and beyond" in 2012 during a short presentation ceremony.
And though I'm fully aware that the general public doesn't have access to this type of gathering, I figured there'd be value in at least showing you what the capable zoo staff can pull off in terms of a fine dining meal. (Be it for your next special occasion banquet or snack during a zoo tour.)
Here's a handful of photos that illustrate the overall excellent food and atmosphere: