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Dave Varty

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Dave's story is too full and rich to tell in a brief blog bio. Suffice it to say that it is due to his passion, hard work and lifelong dedication to conservation that Londolozi is what it is today. One of the co-founders ...

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on Honouring Chef Anna

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Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Anna, we will certainly miss the Chef Anna experience when we return, but so appreciate the personal attention you always gave us as well as your dedication to our Safari Sarasota events to raise funds for the Good Work Foundation via our All Heart Fund honoring Leanna Knopik.
https://blog.londolozi.com/2019/11/21/the-londolozi-gwf-sarasota-connection/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sharpspring&sslid=MzMysTAxNzQ0NTIzBwA&sseid=M7SwNLMwNzcwtQQA&jobid=61ad6174-1992-4036-b14b-87c51b03b7de

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Vin & Michele – i won’t be too far away from Safari Sarasota! x

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

PERFECT!
Good luck!

Dear Chef Anna, we wish you nothing but success in your future career. It was an absolute pleasure to have met you multiple times during our beloved Londolozi stays. And because you have been kind enough to share your crunchy recipe with us a while ago, we enjoyed many ‘Londolozi’ mornings at home thanks to you with coffee in one hand and the delicious crunchy’s in the other.
Thank you very much and all our best,
Frank & Charlotte Tueckmantel

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you both so much!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Anna you will be missed. Good luck with your new adventure.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Marinda

Tracey Katz
Explorer

Gosh we will miss you Anna!! Hope to still see you there next weekend?! 😘

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Yes i will!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dave, I loved all the photos🤗

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Anna surprise us with her leaving

Karen Taylor
Explorer

Oh Anna,
What can I say , I’m so sorry you are leaving and we won’t see you next year when we, fingers crossed return to Londolozi. You have always made it so special for Russ and I when ever we have visited. Good luck in your new career and I will miss you. Keep in touch
Karen xxx

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Karen for your message. We will still be in touch 🙂

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Oh Anna, you will be truly missed by your Londolozi family as well by the countless guests that have enjoyed every morsel of food developed and prepared by your staff under your guidance and love. I feel as though I’m just getting to know you, inspired by your Lockdown Larder recipes to break out of my SIP menu doldrums- those crunchies live forever in my cupboard! I’ll miss seeing you next April for Easter but know you’ll be someplace wonderful creating another Spring feast! Keep well and I raise a glass of bubbly to celebrate your future endeavor!👏👏

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Denise

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Dear Anna
We truly will miss the Chef Anna experience at Londolozi! You brought beauty and love through the food That you created. Wishing you the very best on your journey onwards!

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Kara!

Mark Sadler
Explorer

Many thanks Chefanna for your amazing cuisine. Best wishes for your next adventure.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Mark

Anna, we’re really going to miss you. Any discussion about Londolozi inevitably includes the amazing food put on by you and your wonderful team. Good luck with your new endeavours. The Houghton family.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you The Houghtons! What fun we’ve had!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

we have soooo many delicious meals at Londolozi and a tour of the kitchen and a fabulous dinner on the bush!! we est such delicious meals and yet I manage not to gain weight as long as we don’t eat too many ice creams. The yogurt with the fruit mixture is perfect for breakfast, not to mention the wonderful seed bread with the honey mixture. Above all thank you for the wonderful dinner in the bush you and Helen organized for us ! It was special as well as delicious. We will miss you but wish you the best in your adventure and hope some day to see you. Thank you a thousand times for all your hard work to feed us so well!! 💕 Victoria

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Victoria – such lovely memories we have

Kiki Courtelis
Explorer

God bless you, Anna! Thank you for all the delicious calories and ensuring that the plane home was heavier than when it came. Be well!

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

ha ha! Thank you Kiki

Todd Martin
Explorer

Simply irreplaceable. Absolutely privileged to have enjoyed two trips to Londolozi and “Chefanna” made both magical. Godspeed our dear friend, and we hope to see you in 🇺🇸 🇿🇦 🇿🇼 soon. Much love, Todd & Jennifer Martin Scottsdale, AZ

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Todd & Jennifer – we will continue to stay in touch! Hope you’re both well and the cold isn’t there yet!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dave, What a beautiful tribute to Anna or “ChefAnna” as we know her in Sarasota! It was at Londolozi several years ago with a group of our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club guests, that we kept introducing her as Chef Anna. Well, one of our special friends – Tom Koski – misunderstood and thought I was saying her name as ChefAnna (Chevanna!) The rest is history! 😉

Anna joined us in Sarasota for our first three Safari events (2015, 2017, 2019) helping raise over $500,000 for the Good Work Foundation to date through our All Heart Fund. We even sold her special chef jacket off her back at the auction! We have been blessed to host Kate Groch, you & Boyd, famed GWF Leanna Knopik Cup winners and even some of the Londolozi rangers over the years. We have been fortunate to have Anna use us as tester-drivers for some of her most special safari meals, and many of her recipes have made it into our Michael’s On East restaurant menus over the years. Every visit to Londolozi has seen the elevation of the creative cuisine – that is presented so beautifully at every turn! The addition of the new kitchen took the possibilities to a whole new level – clearly Londolozi’s 5-star cuisine and hospitality is the best on the continent.

As much as we will miss seeing Anna at Londolozi, the legacy of her time there will live on as inspiration for those who follow her as Executive Chef. The culinary team that you and Anna have cultivated is incredible and we know they are up for the task.

We know that Anna will continue to amaze us in her next great adventure and wish her the best of luck! We feel like she is part of our family too.

With love and appreciation to ChefAnna!

Michael & Terri (and The All Heart Fund family and supporters)

Here is a link to a Londolozi blog after one of our Sarasota events:
https://blog.londolozi.com/2017/11/26/what-is-safari-sarasota-now-a-200-000-safari/

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you – we will still be in touch as you know! Thank you for all the Safari Sarasota’s and good friends and memories made over these many years. x

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

Sad to hear this but ‘hamba kahle’ and for me personally….we were to have been at Londolozi in November but because of the pandemic we are now scheduled for 2021. So we won’t have to bid that farewell from Londolozi in person trying not to be sad. I know it will be spirited and full of love and appreciation for all Anna has done.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Judith!

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

All the very best wishes on your new adventures Chef Anna! I’ve very much enjoyed your posts during the pandemic, and hope you are excited about your new opportunities!

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Paul! And for all your support on the Lockdown Larders! Look forward to keeping in touch

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Yes, please do keep in touch! Londolozi has my email, so please keep it and we can stay in touch that way. You can also find me on Instagram @duendepaul and you can see a lot of the food I make for my restaurant Duende. Again, wishing you the very best… I know you’re going to smash it!!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Bob and I are so very sad to learn of your departure, Anna! During our past 5 visits, we have dined like royalty thanks to you and your staff – toasted and feasted in river beds and on granite, delighted in BBQ bush pizzas, celebrated meaningful days in our lives up high in a treetop with a hamper of the most delicious, tasty surprises and in an intimate wine cellar, shared some fabulous G + T’s with you on drive and so much more. You will truly be missed by this California couple; Londolozi will be missing something without you. You are wished much love and luck in your new life adventures!

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you both. Thank you for all the lovely times and many memories made. I look forward to keeping in touch. Stay well

Kris Stephens
Explorer

What a wonderful tribute! Good luck Chef Anna in your next chapter.

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

I will miss your posts and pictures of tasting dishes. .. it was so uplifting! Thank you Anna take care of yourselves

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Francesca!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Dear Anna I have always enjoyed the wonderful food at Londolozi! One of my favourites is your breakfast muesli, I have never tasted any better . And unforgettable your dinners under star light and the great Bush picknicks. Thanks so much! I wish you all the best in your new job.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Christa! The muesli will live on forever at Londolozi!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Oh my. I was a heavy heart that we write to you. You have not only been a superb mentor and cuisine master extraordinaire to your creations and your team, you have been one of the first people we want to hug when we return to Londolozi. Your attention to detail, including how you treat all guests, has been priceless. We wish you well in your new endeavours but want you to know you will be sorely missed by all…including us. Love, hugs and all the best, Lucie and Bob

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you both. I have handed over to my chefs to make sure you have more hugs on your next visit! Keep in touch x

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Such a nice tribute to the incomparable contributions that Anna made to the Londolozi experience. I remember asking Anna to join me on a game drive. During the drinks stop our conversation turned to “what would be your ideal last meal?” Lo and behold, the following evening Anna arranged a bush dinner for me with all of the dishes I mentioned. Such a kind person!

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Al and for your message. I will always remember that wild dog afternoon extravaganza! Keep in touch x

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

The food at Londolozi was a triumph . Hoping all goes well for Anna.

Big shoes to follow

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Ian

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

Anna, Though I have never had the pleasure of meeting you and enjoying your gastronomic creations, reading what you have accomplished over the 9 years at Londolozi is astounding! I’m sure you will go on to be a huge success in your next venture. Wishing you much luck and all that you deserve. 🙏❤️Cally

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Cally!

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