FROM THE PUBLISHER: Let’s Eat!

Cover-STY_0114I understand that reading this month’s issue may seem a little counterproductive for those of you who have decided to make dieting one of your New Year’s resolutions. But let’s face it, food is major part of our lives.

Therefore, we at Style decided to zig when others zag and made food the focus of our first issue of the year. This month we had the extreme honor of interviewing Emily Ellen. You may know her from Season Eight of Food Network’s “Food Network Star” and “Cupcake Wars.” She is a burst of energy and we had a blast having her in our studio. In fact, we had a bit of a cupcake war ourselves the day she came to the office because our staff kept trying to sneak bites of cupcakes before they could be photographed.

We also wanted to focus on local cooks who share the love of cooking and baking. Among those featured include professional chefs and everyday people who thoroughly enjoy cooking for others. We asked them to share a favorite recipe with our readers because you can never have too many options when it comes to preparing the perfect meal.

In order to make this issue a true comprehensive food issue, we knew we had to incorporate our local restaurant scene. But we didn’t want to be the ones to decide which restaurants would be featured, so we asked our readers by issuing a call for restaurants on Facebook. We asked fans the simple question: “What is your favorite restaurant and why?” It was so refreshing to see how many people were willing to share their comments and support these local restaurants.

When it comes to food, we have pretty much covered it all. So, even if you are dieting and cutting back on the cupcakes, there are still many good reasons for you to keep reading. You may discover a new recipe or a new favorite restaurant — even if you can only eat off the healthy menu.

We had a great deal of fun with this issue and we sincerely hope you enjoy it. Here’s to 2014 and another year filled with Style.

Happy New Year!

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