LEFT: Jason Binn (RIGHT) with Steven Zack; RIGHT: Joe Vann and Courtland Lantaff

November is one of our favorite months, partly because it allows all of us to breathe a collective sigh of relief as our cooler weather approaches. And November is the official kickoff of high season, with parties and galas taking place at a rapid pace. Ocean Drive celebrates our annual Food & Dining Issue—which highlights the city’s most acclaimed culinary experts—with a series of events, starting with our first-ever Mixologist Masters evening on the 7th, showcasing the most delectable new spirits and quirky pairings with a competitive twist. On November 9, we give you an opportunity to mingle with our profiled “Toques of the Town” and sample their tasty creations. And for those looking to satisfy their sense of adventure, join us on November 18 as we partner with The Village at Gulfstream Park for its Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival event.

As part of our continuous effort to support local charities, Ocean Drive will be a part of the 14th annual Best Buddies Miami Gala on November 19, an event that will celebrate the incredible milestone of reaching “50 nations by 2010.” Founded in 1989, Best Buddies is a vibrant nonprofit organization that opens doors for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To this day it continues to create opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development. Niche Media is an official media partner of Best Buddies, and we are always excited to support a wonderful organization. For those of you interested in attending, please go to bestbuddiesmiamigala.org.

November promises to be amazing—with or without a cooling breeze. Hope to see you around town.

JASON BINN                          COURTLAND LANTAFF


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