It's fitting that as the 12th Annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival gets under way that we in the Design District welcome our latest epicurean delight, Mercato. The small, Italian cafe is adjacent to Dena Marino's MC Kitchen. Diners will find everything is freshly made including croissants, Roaring Forties cheese apricot nut scones, bread, espresso chocolate chip cookies, boston cream pie donuts with fresh cream from Dakin Dairy. And the savory side there are salads and sandwiches like fresh albacore tuna salad and shaved porcetta Cuban sanwiches. You can also grab fresh berries, fruit, yogurt, coffees, gourmet chips, and artisanal chocolates

Just in time for Valentine's Day, there's a lovely, new bakery in the Miami Design District. Thomas Worhach owns and operates the bakery along with his wife, Karina.  Tom, a CIA grad, and pastry chef with 30 years of experience personally handles all of the baking.  Before opening BSweet he spent time working in kitchens across the US at Hotel Bel-Air, two Ritz Carlton properties (Houston and Philly), and close to home, the Four Seasons West Palm Beach.

The Ribollita Tuscan Bread Soup is just one of the items on MC Kitchen's new weekend  brunch menu. The chic new bistro's is serving up a hearty, homemade Italian brunch, every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The perfect way to wrap up the first week of 2013? Indulging in an exquisite new brunch at Harry's. From 11am - 4pm you can feast on short rib casserole, breakfast pizzas, anise sticky buns and more  Full menu here.

The Italian food served at MC Kitchen the Design District's new restaurant, does two things simultaneously: it adds a modern, thoughtful twist to traditional dishes and serves a comforting, familiar meal. The space is beautiful and with its gold hued glow, fits in perfectly with its upscale neighbors. Dena Marino is the M in MC and the genius behind this modern Italian cuisine. Her husband Marcus leads their bar program. On tap, plenty of Dogfish Head and coming soon a bevy of carefully curated cocktails. Must not miss: Whipped Roasted Squashed Filled Burrata, Artichoke Heart Bruschetta, Oven Roasted Langostines. Whether enjoying a romantic dinner for dos or a group gathering, we loved MC Kitchen. And we're happy to welcome another stellar chef to the Design District.