The newly expanded Tropics Event Pavilion at the Kansas City Zoo opened for rental on August 7, 2019, and the outdoor venue behind the Tropics buildings set the stage for picnics and private gatherings of all sizes. Featuring a picnic-style menu, the Tropics Event Pavilion will serve a wide range of guests, from a family-style cook-out to traditional Kansas City BBQ and more seasonal chilled offerings such as summer salads featuring the freshest bounty of each season.
“We look forward to unveiling this fantastic venue to the Kansas City area,” said Randy Wisthoff, Kansas City Zoo Executive Director and CEO. “The Kansas City Zoo attracts so many groups from our community, and now we have an ideal space for those looking to host creative events.”
The open-tent venue accommodates up to 2,000 and has seating for 600. It is available from April through October. The spacious family-style layout offers the experience of dining outdoors with the comforts of easy accommodations and tasty menu items. With options to scale the menu and service offerings, the Tropics Event Pavilion accommodates everything from corporate parties to family gatherings.
The Tropics Event Pavilion features a flexible and dynamic menu that focuses on seasonal preparations. Chef Yancy Kamine brings over 25 years of experience to the table and puts his expert spin on the catering menu. Most recently, Kamine served as Senior Sous Chef for Levy at Arrowhead Stadium. From breakfast to dinner, he and his all-star catering team can accommodate requests that satisfy every taste. Classics like KC barbeque are on the menu, plus fresh salads, a variety of gourmet sandwiches, and elegant entrees including braised short ribs, miso-glazed salmon, and double cut pork chops. Comforting desserts including seasonal fruit cobbler, carrot cake, and tiramisu provide a sweet ending to any meal.