Monthly Archives: September 2017

Kabocha Squash Risotto with Soppressata & Lobster Recipe by Chef David Benstock

KABOCHA SQUASH RISOTTO WITH SOPPRESSATA & LOBSTER Serves 4 1 whole kabocha squash 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed for sauteing 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced small 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 cup white wine 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup Parmesan […]

Flamingle: Gifted Guild

  Denée Benton Broadway Wunderkind Denée Benton, 25, got her start in show business singing in her church choir and middle school auditorium. On a trip to New York in the seventh grade, she saw a Broadway performance of Wicked and resolved to return to the city one day as a stage actress. A Winter […]

Made in FLA: Matt Dean

Less is the statement. That’s the motto handbag designer Matt Dean uses to describe his aesthetic. The mantra is evident not only in his bags’ clean yet chic silhouettes but also in their structure. Dean’s designs are crafted from a single piece of leather. To avoid stitching and seams, each bag is folded into its […]

Grove Stand: Il Ritorno

In a way, the restaurant’s name was a prediction, a harbinger of all the good things to come to St. Petersburg. David Benstock grew up in the Tampa Bay area, but when he fell in love with food and cooking, his hands were tied: There just wasn’t enough going on in his hometown. He had […]

Bird’s Eye View: St. Petersburg

THE CHIHULY COLLECTION Explore a gallery built to showcase Dale Chihuly’s iconic glass sculptures. 720 Central Ave. MOREAN ARTS CENTER The 100-year-old organization houses a sprawling permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass works, as well as a studio where guests can watch glass blowers in action. 719 Central Ave.  DADDY KOOL RECORDS The purveyor of […]

Made in FLA: Kruzin Footwear

Brazilian-born Alessandra Gold had her aha! moment while she was running fashion boutiques in Rhode Island. “I saw how so many women had trouble dressing their bodies,” says Gold. “But when it came to shoes, feeling skinny or fat was never an issue.” This realization spurred Gold to travel to Brazil, where she spent time learning […]

Floridiana: House of Glass

Built between 1914 and 1922 in Coconut Grove, this 38,000-square-foot, 50-acre estate—dubbed Vizcaya—was once the winter home of agricultural industrialist James Deering and is now a popular museum and National Historic Landmark. “In the 1930s, my father and his friends used to sneak onto the Vizcaya boathouse on Biscayne Bay because that’s where the best […]

The Roost: Hotel Hideaways

MIAMI BEACH Experiencing daily life in the vibrant and cultural melting pot of Miami is delightful, particularly if you’re living at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Residences. Covering more than seven acres in Miami Beach, the property, due to open before the end of 2017, was expertly designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni. Whether you own one […]

Once Upon A Suwannee Night

A Tallahassee novelist learns that a forgotten photo, which captured a poignant time, is worth more than a thousand words.