Join Us for a South African Food & Wine Adventure
October 24-26, 2019

The All Heart Fund &
The Good Work Foundation of South Africa

Safari Sarasota is a three-day, five-event experience inspired by Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travels to Londolozi Game Reserve and a passion to support digital learning in rural areas of South Africa. 

Safari Sarasota was created in memory of Leanna Knopik, a 16-year-old native of Sarasota, to raise funds for the All Heart Fund, a fundraising arm of the Good Work Foundation. Leanna passed away nearly one year after visiting (and falling in love with) South Africa.  It was her dream to educate and work with children in schools and orphanages in Africa.  

Since 2013, the All Heart Fund, in partnership with the Good Work Foundation, has built five schools, providing high impact digital education to over 7,000 South African school children and young adults each week!

In July of this year, several of our All Heart Fund founders were on hand to celebrate the opening of the fifth school at Dumphries!

Good Work Foundation supporters from across the globe, Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers, local residents, and past Safari Sarasota attendees who are interested in education and philanthropy will attend these events, supporting a very important cause.  We also invite those who want to learn more about the food and wine culture of South Africa.

We are honored to welcome these special guests from Londolozi Game Reserve and the Good Work Foundation:

Londolozi Proprietors Dave and Boyd Varty
Londolozi Chef Anna Ridgewell
Londolozi Ranger James Tyrrell
Good Work Foundation CEO Kate Groch 
And other surprise guests!

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
10:30 AM at Ringling College – Morgan Roth Auditorium

A Conversation with Boyd Varty

Join us for a one-of-a-kind speaking event with gifted storyteller, life coach, literacy & wildlife activist Boyd Varty, of Londolozi Game Reserve.  Celebrating the release of his new book, guests will receive a signed copy.

Lunch with Boyd & Dave Varty

12:00 PM at Ringling College – Willis Smith Gallery

For guests continuing on for the lunch, enjoy a lively Q&A with Boyd and his father Dave Varty! Michael's On East and Chef Anna Ridgewell will present one of Londolozi's signature dishes to enjoy with the talk.

"The ancient art of tracking awakens a primal magnetism and understanding in people. There is a deep desire for people to connect with nature - the natural world is speaking to us, it is full of wisdom." ~ Boyd Varty

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
6:00 PM at Michael's On East Ballroom

Interactive Cooking Dinner & Live Auction

A sensational evening of food and friends featuring South African Wines and Sprits and an Interactive Cooking Experience led by Chef Anna Ridgewell from Londolozi Game Reserve and Chef Jamil Pineda of Michael's On East.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
6:30 PM at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

African Bush Dinner

Chef Anna Ridgewell presents a traditional South African Bush dinner, perfectly paired with world-class South African Wines and Spirits. We will dine under the stars and banyan trees at Selby Botanical Gardens.  Co-hosted by Boyd and Dave Varty, and Kate Groch of the Good Work Foundation.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Michael's Wine Cellar

South African Wine Tasting

A casual, walk-about tasting with over 40 prized Wines and Spirits from the Cape Winelands. 

$10 Per Person
Can be purchased online or at the door.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
7:00 PM at Michael's Wine Cellar

Exclusive South African Wine Dinner

You are invited to a collaborative wine pairing dinner with visiting South African 
Winemakers and Craft Distillers in the candlelit elegance of Michael’s Wine Cellar.