From the Editor: People profiled in magazine helped others through Hurricane Irma

Our crew after a photo shoot at Macchialina in South Beach. From left: Lauren Gnazzo, Mike Pirolo (seated), Evan Benn, Martina Borgomanero Basabe, Nick Garcia, Jen Chaefsky (seated), Danilo Di Michele, Angela Bonilla, Vicky Mejia and Dani Parets. Photograph by Ricardo Mestre for Nick Garcia Photography.

Like millions of Floridians, my wife and I secured our home and got out of town before Hurricane Irma arrived. Watching the storm wreak havoc from afar — we decided to go ahead with a long-planned birthday trip to Copenhagen — brought a mix of anxiety, fear and sadness. Our hearts continue to ache for those who lost loved ones, homes and businesses in the hurricane. 

But I’m also filled with pride at the displays of resolve and resiliency that occurred throughout Florida in Irma’s wake. As I scrolled social media, I kept seeing people and places featured in this issue, all playing vital roles in Miami’s recovery.

They include Franco and Ashley Stanzione, the husband-wife owners of Stanzione 87 in Brickell, whose homemade mozzarella is the star of our Recipe column. As soon as Irma’s winds died down, the Stanziones fired up their pizza oven and delivered a few dozen pies to the Four Seasons Miami, to feed the hotel staff who had stayed through the storm.

Once power was restored in South Beach, Mike Pirolo and Jen Chaefsky, the husband-wife owners of Macchialina, posted on Instagram an image of Pirolo’s fresh pasta. The caption: “We made spaghetti. We have amaro. We are open. And the amaro is on us.”

That they would exhibit that kind of hospitality comes as no surprise to anyone who was on set at Macchialina the day we photographed our hand-picked group of prominent Miami Italians, La Dolce Vita-style. Just as we snapped a celebratory end-of-shoot image (the one at the top of this page), a thunderstorm flooded the streets and knocked out electricity. Instead of panicking or shooing us out, Pirolo and Chaefsky popped bottles of pinot nero and carved hunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano for their stranded guests. 

Similarly, I wasn’t surprised to see the Twitter feed of Kelly Blanco stream nonstop Irma updates to help South Florida stay on top of preparation plans and recovery efforts. Blanco, an NBC 6 reporter and our My 305 Style subject, was one of scores of Miami-based journalists who covered the storm with clear eyes and empathetic perspectives. 

I exhaled a sigh of relief when Frost Science announced that none of its animals were injured or exhibits damaged. And I smiled when Pérez Art Museum Miami opened its doors for free for two days — right as many of us were dealing with severe cases of cabin fever. The museums were the sites of our main fashion spread (that’s our crew, below, with models Marianne Faina and Carrie Lee at PAMM).

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Indulge’s crew on the set of our Fashion cover story at PAMM. From left: Osvaldo Perez, Danny Jelaca, Lesley DeCanio, Marianne Faina, Carrie Lee, Claudia Miyar, John Michael Coto, Evan Benn and Emily Payne. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.


As you page through this Fashion Issue, keep an eye out for Italian flag icons. Because October is Italian-American Heritage Month, and because Miami is a city so influenced by Italian culture, we made Italy an editorial theme. The flags point you to stories and facts with an Italian sway.

INDULGE, which had been a finalist for three statewide Florida Magazine Association awards, took home gold for Photography and silver for Writing and Social Media — all firsts for us. And we recently were named finalists for four national Folio Awards: Best Full Issue (Food & Wine), Best Overall Design, Best Series of Articles (Staycation) and Editor of the Year. We’ve also relaunched our fully redesigned Please take a look, share something you like, and let me know what you think.

At INDULGE, we strive to spotlight the best of Miami’s good life, including the people who make this the most vibrant city in the world. Something as destructive as Hurricane Irma reminds us that — regardless of the myriad different directions our individual lives may take — we’re all in this together, and we must look out for one another. Thank you for whatever it is you do to take care of our neighbors, our community, our Miami.   

Evan Benn Editor in Chief Indulge Miami magazine
Evan Benn. Photograph by Nick Garcia.

INDULGE Editorial Masthead

President and Publisher: Alexandra Villoch

Editor in Chief: Evan S. Benn

Contributing Design Director: John Michael Coto

Miami Herald Special Publications Manager: Roberto Hernández-Alende

Contributing Style Editor: Claudia Miyar

Contributing Beauty Editor: Jennifer Scruby

Contributing Stylist: Elysze Held

Contributing Editorial Assistant: Christiana Lilly

Contributing Writers: Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Caterina Balzano, Eric Barton, Shayne Benowitz, Ashley Brozic, Andrea Carneiro, Lauren Comander, Christie Galeano-DeMott, Fabiola Fleuranvil, Caitlin Granfield, Rebecca Kleinman, Christiana Lilly, Nicole Martinez, Dinkinish O’Connor, Christian Portilla

Contributing Photographers: Zak Bennett, Felipe Cuevas, Alexia Fodere, Nick Garcia, Manny Hernandez

Contributing Hair and Makeup Artists: Danny Jelaca, Rory Lee, Vicky Mejia, Zorayda Bravo, Osvaldo Perez

Color Correction: Wilbert MooYoung


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