It didn’t happen overnight, but our city has finally evolved into a serious food town by any discriminating diner’s standards. In the past year alone, we’ve watched internationally acclaimed chefs and/or restaurateurs Daniel Boulud (db Bistro Moderne) and Rainer Becker (Zuma) join the likes of Laurent Tourondel (BLT Steak), Claude Troisgros (Blue Door), Michael Psilakis (Eos), Alan Yau (Hakkasan), Michael Chow (Mr Chow), Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu) and Scott Conant (Scarpetta) in setting up Miami outposts. I can’t wait until José Andrés (The Bazaar) makes his South Beach debut in 2012, and wonder who’s next. Maybe Mario Batali should take over the former Au Pied du Cochon building? Wouldn’t Eric Ripert do well in the Harrison Hotel? All glittery, globally renowned toques aside, it’s the locally based superstar chefs who gave Miami its kitchen cred. Read about them all in Maria Argu?ello’s “Toques of the Town.”

Also this month, deputy editor Eric Newill speaks with OD contributor Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, about his new cookbook and this February’s event. Buy your tickets now (they also make great holiday gifts), as the best parties might already be sold out—trust me!

Speaking of earthly pleasures, our 2010 gift guide will whet your appetite for gorgeous accessories you never knew you needed until now, and—oh yes—give you tons of fabulous ideas sure to pleasantly surprise the most important people on your holiday list.

November kicks off Miami’s high social season, which unofficially begins with one of my favorite black ties of the year: the annual Make-A-Wish Ball at the InterContinental Miami on the 6th. The fun around here is just getting started. Prep yourself with all the tips in this issue, which make it clear why—from the weather to the shopping to the food—Miami’s the most delicious city in the world.


SUZY BUCKLEY

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ABOVE: Eric Newill and Suzy Buckley in the kitchen at Casa Tua

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