The new year starts with an issue brimming with foodie tidbits, health guidelines, and a new focus on what makes Ocala so wonderful. The renowned Ocala Culinary Festival gets a behind-the-scenes look at the chefs, mixologists and events to tickle your tastebuds. We talk to local chefs about their favorite restaurants, take you on a treasure hunt for organic and specialty foods, and profile Jan Costa of the Florida Fresh Meat Company. Plus, a local thoroughbred family, the de Merics, get an in-depth profile. And our Health section reviews healthy habits for the new year and focuses on glaucoma and thyroid issues.