Clockwise from Left: I can’t wait until the Best Buddies gala on November 18. Here I am at last year’s event with the organization’s founder, Anthony Shriver, and CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez.; This fall, I dined at chef Thomas Keller’s famous French Laundry. It was delicious!; I hosted Fashion’s Night Out with Stephen Brunelle (ABOVE), vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. Be sure to check out Lee Brian Schrager’s feature on the city’s hottest chefs ( INSET)—it’s one of my favorite pieces this issue!

  I just took a fantastic trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with some of my best friends from Miami, including Baudouin Croonenberghs (CENTER), Ocean Drive contributor Iran Issa-Khan, and style editor John Joseph Lin (FIFTH AND FOURTH FROM RIGHT).

The calls and texts always pour in this time of year. “What’s new?” “Where should we go?” “What’s going on in South Beach these days?” I know I’m not the only one getting (happily!) bombarded with requests from visiting friends and friends-of-friends-of-friends, hungry for news about this season’s Miami scene. Luckily, we have our chic snowbirds more than covered—especially this month. In “Miami’s New Wave,” contributor Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, speaks to eight of our city’s outstanding culinary talents, all of whom are working on something fresh, exciting, and (naturally) delicious. Did you know Andrew Carmellini just opened an outpost of The Dutch at the W South Beach? It’s the reservation to land right now, but will surely be rivaled by Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Grill, which opens within the new St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in January.

Thanks to the state’s five-year, $242 million tax credit program for productions that shoot in Florida, Miami is seeing more talent trailers, Klieg lights, camera jibs, and steadicams around town than it has in years. We visited the unbelievable set of Magic City, the Starz series (starring a good-looking cast that includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Andy Garcia’s daughter, Dominik García-Lorido) that’s shooting here now and airs next spring. Arts editor Brett Sokol’s profile of Graham Winick, Miami Beach’s film and event production manager, gives a glimpse of how and why Florida is landing more and more big-budget productions, enticing Hollywood dollars away from rivals New Mexico and Louisiana.

Speaking of luring the arts to town: Early next month, we’ll celebrate the 10th year of one of our city’s tremendous coups: Art Basel’s presence in Miami Beach. The acclaimed contemporary art fair—and its glittery supporting cast of global artists, collectors, and gallerists—is indisputably the crown jewel of our high social season here, which starts… now.


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