Southern Arizona Takes On South Africa In Culinary Battle

Southern Arizona Takes On South Africa In Culinary Battle

Charity-Event-Poster--BlogWhen it comes to regional cuisine and wine, which reigns supreme, Southern Arizona or Southern Africa? That is what chefs at Tucson, Arizona’s Agustin Kitchen and the team from DSA Vacations/South African Airways Vacations will determine on Saturday, November 14 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Mercado San Agustin, 100 South Avenida del Convento Suite #150. The inaugural Southern Africa vs. Southern Arizona culinary cook-off and wine tasting event will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to two charities in Southern Arizona and two in South Africa through DSA Vacations’ philanthropic organization, DSA Pays it Forward.

“We’re depending on the public to determine which is best by sampling food and wine from both regions,” said Terry von Guilleaume, president and CEO of DSA Vacations. “It’s a great opportunity for people to taste the best Agustin Kitchen has to offer as well as an authentic South African braai. Most importantly, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to DSA Pays it Forward, Therapeutic Riding of Tucson and Art for Animals, so really, everyone wins.”

“This is an event we’re extremely proud to be supporting,” said Kira Dixon-Weinstein, executive director of Mercado San Agustin. “We believe in these organizations and the people they support.”

The event will feature a silent auction, which includes over $28,000 in hotel and safari lodge accommodations in southern Africa, plus numerous raffle prizes. Tickets are $40 for individuals, $75 for couples and $10 for children aged 6-12. Children under six will be admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or by calling our office at 520-882-3600. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Individuals who are interested in bidding on the silent auction packages, but are unable to attend the event, may utilize DSA Pays it Forward’s proxy bidder, Lorraine Yoko, to bid on their behalf. To take advantage of this offer, please email lorraine@dsapaysitforward.com the package of interest, starting bid and maximum bid by 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.


za-knp-sabi-sabi-game-drive2-carouselSilent Auction Trip Details:
– All silent auction items below are valid for two people sharing, with the exception of the Botswana Luxury Camping Safari, which is for one person
– All vacations include complimentary trip planning with one of DSA Vacation’s Africa experts

Prizes are listed ranging from lowest to highest in terms of value:

Prize #1 – Value: $550 – 4 star Kwa-Zulu Natal – 4 nights/5 days
Two nights’ accommodation at Drakensberg Gardens Resort in Kwa-Zulu Natal on a bed and breakfast basis 
Two nights’ accommodation at DumaZulu Lodge and Traditional Village in Kwa-Zulu Natal on a bed and breakfast basis 
Includes a complimentary tour of the village plus a tour of the Walk thru Bird and Reptile Park
Valid for travel between November 15th and May 15th, 2016
Valid for two people, double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $220 

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Prize #2 – Value: $1,600 – 4 star Panoramic Route and Kruger Safari – 4 nights/5 days
Two nights’ accommodation at Kloppenheim Country Estate on a bed and breakfast basis
Two nights’ accommodation at Kapama Private River Lodge – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Valid for travel between November 15th, 2015 and May 15th, 2016 excluding the Easter and Christmas period
Valid for two people, double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $640 

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Prize #3 – Value $2,200 – 4 star Johannesburg and Safari Bonanza – 5 nights/6 days
Three nights’ accommodation at Southern Sun Katherine Street in Sandton on a bed and breakfast basis
Two nights’ accommodation at Ekuthuleni Game Lodge – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Valid for travel between January 11th and October 31st, 2016
Valid for two people, double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $880

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Prize #4 – Value: $2,450 – 5 star Cape Town and Malaria Free Safari – 4 nights/5 days
Two nights’ accommodation at More Quarters in Cape Town on a bed and breakfast basis
Two nights’ accommodation at Shamwari Private Game Reserve on a fully inclusive basis – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Valid for travel between November 15th, 2015 and December 10th, 2016 excluding the Easter and Christmas period
Valid for two people, double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $980 

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Prize #5 – Value $2,480 – 5 star Cape Town and Malaria Free Safari – 4 nights/5 days
Two nights’ accommodation at The Southern Sun Cullinan in Cape Town on a bed and breakfast basis
Two nights’ accommodation at Settlers Drift Tented Lodge in Kariega Private Game Reserve – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Valid for travel between May 1st and August 31st, 2016
Valid for two people, double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $992 

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Prize #6 – Value: $3,000 – 5 star Safari Getaway – 3 nights/4 days
Three nights’ accommodation at Thornybush Game Lodge – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Valid for travel between January 11th and October 31st, 2016
Valid for two people double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $1,200 

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Prize #7 – Value: $3,000 – 5 star Safari Getaway – 3 nights/4 days
Three nights’ accommodation at Thornybush Game Lodge – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Valid for travel between January 11th and October 31st, 2016
Valid for two people, double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $1,200 

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Prize #8 – Value $3,100 – Botswana Luxury Tented Camping Safari with Johannesburg stay – 6 nights/7 days
One night’s accommodation at Peermont D’Oreale Grand in Johannesburg on a bed and breakfast basis
Five nights at Moremi Magic Serviced Camping Safari in Botswana – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Valid for travel between January 1st and December 31st, 2016
Valid for one person complimentary with a 25 percent discount for a traveling partner
Minimum Bid: $1,240

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Prize #9- Value: $4,900 – 5 star Safari Splurge – 5 nights/6 days
Three nights accommodation at Thornybush Private Game Lodge – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Two nights’ accommodation at The Outpost Private Game Lodge – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Valid for travel between January 11th and October 31st, 2016
Valid for two people, double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $1,960

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Prize #10 – Value: $5,000 – 5 star South Africa – 5 nights/6 days
One night accommodation at Peermont D’Oreale Grand in Johannesburg on a bed and breakfast basis
Two nights’ accommodation at One&Only Cape Town on a bed and breakfast basis
Two nights’ accommodation at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge – includes all meals and two safari game drives daily
Private Cape Town Airport Transfers
Valid for travel between January 11th and October 31st, 2016
Valid for two people, double occupancy
Minimum Bid: $2,000