Londolozi Game Reserve Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell will journey from South Africa to Sarasota in November to host multiple events in partnership with Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar.
Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of the restaurant and adjacent wine store, and his wife Terri traveled to Londolozi Game Reserve in 2011 and 2013 while leading exclusive journeys for the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club in partnership with Admiral Travel International. Members of the public are invited to attend two special functions hosted by the visiting chef in Sarasota:
· South African Wine Tasting
6 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Michael’s Wine Cellar
Guests will taste dozens of South African wines including great values and top selections from Boekenhoutskloof, Ernie Els, Guardian Peak, Graham Beck Wines, Groot Constantia, Hamilton Russell, Neil Ellis, Rustenberg, Rust en Vrede, Spice Route and Stark-Conde. During the tasting, Chef Anna Ridgewell will welcome guests with a selection of hors d’oeuvres from Londolozi as she prepares a signature dish. Admission to the tasting is $25 per person and each attendee will receive $25 off retail purchases of $100 or more during the event. Space is limited and reservations are required.
· Safari Sarasota: An Interactive Cooking Dinner
6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Michael’s On East Ballroom
Chef Anna Ridgewell will lead 200 guests as they prepare four courses at their individual tables throughout the Michael’s On East Ballroom. Her original Cape Malay recipes will be paired with top South African wines. Tickets are $150 per person or $250 per person for “All Heart” Patron Tickets and can be purchased via phone by calling 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Advanced reservations are required.
Beth Knopik and Terri Klauber are co-chairs of this first-time Safari Sarasota event, a fundraiser for the new All Heart Fund at the Good Work Foundation, a nonprofit established in South Africa in 2006 which delivers digital-era literacy education and career-training to children and adults living in rural communities. The newly-established All Heart Fund will create opportunities for students to travel to larger communities for additional educational and leadership experiences and to connect with real-life businesses. In addition, one student will be chosen to receive the Leanna Knopik Cup, an annual award that recognizes the student who demonstrates the biggest “heart.” The All Heart Fund has been established in honor of Steve and Beth Knopik’s daughter, Leanna Knopik of Sarasota, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 16 after contracting a rare heart infection.
“Londolozi has been such a magical place for Michael and me, as well as our close friends, the Knopik family,” said Terri Klauber. “Over the years, we have fallen deeper in love with the wildlife on safari, as well as the important conservation and educational initiatives of the region. It is a natural and beautiful legacy for Leanna, a special angel with a big heart.”
These South African-themed events also mark the opening of reservations for a 2015 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip which will allow members of the public the opportunity to experience the exceptional hospitality of South Africa’s finest five-star resorts, dine at some of the most celebrated restaurants in the world, tour historic wine farms and explore safari experiences, including game drives at Londolozi Game Reserve.
For reservations or to secure an event sponsorship, contact Michael’s On East Marketing Director Jamie Jalwan at 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or email@example.com.
Visit www.AllHeartFund.org for more information about the Good Work Foundation and the All Heart Fund.
About Londolozi Game Reserve & Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell
Londolozi is one of the original pioneering Private Game Reserves of the ecotourism industry in South Africa. World renowned as one of Africa’s finest game lodges, the family-run operation was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Chateaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service. The root of the word Londolozi is the Zulu word for protect and means “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. The reserve is internationally recognized for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement.
Anna Ridgewell grew up in Zimbabwe before training at Silwood Kitchen in Cape Town. After gaining her Grande Diploma in Cordons Bleus Cooking, she spent the next decade working at several of Southern Africa’s top luxury lodges and restaurants. Ridgewell owned Cafe Max restaurant in Cape Town for a number of years, before being spellbound by the magic of the bush. In 2012, she left Cape Town to join the Londolozi family and began creating exceptional African cuisine for local and international guests visiting the lodge. For more information, visit www.londolozi.com.
About Michael’s On East
Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 24th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2013. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.