Chef Robert Ulucan on preparing a feast for lemurs

The chef at the Lemur Café — a dining establishment for humans at the San Francisco Zoo — helped prepare a special Thanksgiving meal for the lemurs on Tuesday, and will prepare holiday meals for other animals this weekend. We talked to him about the menu choices.

What do you plan to feed the lemurs?
To start off with, we have a Madagascar green bean salad served with corn and peas, because lemurs are vegetarian. And then we have a sweet potato goulash, with celery and broccoli, and lastly, cucumber.

How is it served?
It’s going to be the good old Thanksgiving style, at a dinner table. We’re going to have goblets full of fruit wine, and plate the food on silver platters and have nice decorations. The table will be set for 12.

What other animals will you be feeding this weekend?
The other animals won’t be having as fancy a table setup as the lemurs, but we’re making dinner for the meerkats, chimpanzees, the bears and the aviary.

What will you be feeding them?
For the meerkats, we’re going to have a cat scratch fever parfait, which we’ll offer in the Lemur Café for our (human) guests. We’ll chop up apples and bananas and fill the cup with yogurt, topped with walnuts and raisins. We’ll also have a deviled meerkat egg, like a regular deviled egg except we’ll pipe in sweet potatoes instead of yolk.

 

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