Fun foodie Alton Brown to host 10th annual Aqua Vino

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Prolific author and television personality Alton Brown, the brainy and brilliant host known for his work on shows including Food Network's "Good Eats," "Iron Chef America," "The Next Food Network Star" and "Cutthroat Kitchen," will host the 10th annual Aqua Vino fundraiser, planned for 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Georgia Aquarium.

Credit: Jennifer Brett

Credit: Jennifer Brett

The event featuring more than 200 wines, nibbles from more than 30 area restaurants and live and silent auctions, will benefit research and conservation efforts involving the Southern sea otte r. The popular and personable critters are endangered, according to the International Conservation of Nature List. Only 25 percent of sea otter pups survive their first year in the wild due to habitat degradation and predators.

"Funds from our supporters make critical programs possible," said Mike Leven, Georgia Aquarium chairman and CEO. "Georgia Aquarium resident otters Bixby, Brighton and Cruz, rescued in 2010, would not be with us today if it was not for the support of our engaged community of animal lovers, like those who lend support each year at Aqua Vino. The proceeds are life-giving for these animals and for their surrounding marine habitats."

Credit: Jennifer Brett

Credit: Jennifer Brett

Tickets for the grand tasting are $125 for members and $150 for non-members. VIP Tasting tickets are $300 for members and $325 for non-members. Event attendees must be 21 years of age. To purchase tickets or learn more about Aqua Vino, presented by SunTrust, call 404-581-4000 or visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/AquaVino.