In Our Winter 2016-2017 Issue
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
Florida in the winter. It's what natives live for and visitors come for. Sunny skies. Lower humidity. Cooler mornings and pleasant evenings. Sometimes, the mosquitoes even take a break.
There's a lot to celebrate ... the holidays, yes, but the bountiful meals we enjoy during those holidays and beyond deserve their own dose of confetti. And we're not just talking butternut squash and potatoes like the rest of the country. This is our season, when farmers' markets overflow with good stuff from the good earth.
It's also a time for good stuff from the good sea. It’s also a time for good stuﬀ from the good sea. The Versaggi brothers – of Versaggi Shrimp Company (A Shrimping Legacy Three Generations – and Four Brothers – Strong, page 18) – don’t slow down as the water cools, they just send their ﬂeet farther south to search for the pink crustaceans we all love. They know a thing or two about where to ﬁnd them … after all, the family has been at this since the late 1800s.
Also in this issue, two restaurants that don’t share much in terms of aesthetic or menu, but are both doing Florida right. One, a Tampa comeback courtesy of Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia Restaurant Group, is doing burgers, fries, shakes and more with an eye toward local sourcing (One Tasty Burger … a Slice of Nostalgia on the Side, page 24); the other, a vegan (and mostly raw) destination in downtown St. Petersburg with a mission to bring healthy no-animal-product meals to the masses (Feeling Good at the Cider Press Café, page 14).
It’s that diversity – in food, in styles, in people – that makes a community great, and it’s one of the things that make me love to call this area home. I’m thankful to those who create that diversity and to the many others who appreciate and support it so we all thrive together.
Of course, wearing ﬂip ﬂops and sipping a cold drink on the beach in January doesn’t suck either.