Archive for December, 2009
As Art Basel began, the who’s who gathered for an exclusive evening of fine food, fine wines, and fine works of art at The Forge. As Art Basel Week opened in December, trendsetters converged for an interactive evening of discussion examining the landscape of design and luxury trends. Post-Vernissage, the elite gathered for an elegant and exclusive dinner party at The Forge in Miami Beach. For the second consecutive year, the Post-Vernissage party was hosted by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Haute Living, who were joined by Shareef Malnik and Antonio Misuraca. For the evening, The Forge featured works of renowned artist Lori Hyland on display. Guests included Tom Wolfe, Mike and Alicia Piazza, Joey Goldman of Goldman Properties, and Mayor Manny Diaz. With models clad in vintage attire provided by C. Madeline, and rare, non-commercially available vintages poured, including Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1990, Chateau La Nerthe, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003, and Chateau dYquem, Sancerre 2003, the festivity was a great success, ensuring that next years dinner will once again be one of Art Basels most coveted invites.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN: Miami, FL
HOW LONG IN MIAMI: I’ve lived in Miami most of my life, except after law school when I traveled the world from 1982 to 1990.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Ocean Drive, South of Fifth
OCCUPATION: Restaurateur - The Forge Restaurant in Miami
WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST NOTABLE PERSON IN MIAMI? Craig Robins helped shape the way we live and work in South Beach and the Design District. His developments and projects have never sacrificed the public good for personal greed, but on the contrary have always promoted beauty, art, and designs that are friendly and appropriate. The risks he has taken have resulted in new and thriving neighborhoods that are a testament to his status as a true visionary.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Forge. I built exactly what I like.
BEST SUSHI: Shoji
BEST ETHNIC FOOD: Mr. Chow
BEST ITALIAN: Randazzo’s in Coral Gables and Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau
BEST PLACE FOR LATE NIGHT DINING: Au Pied du Cochon
BEST DESSERT: Date Pudding from Joe Allen. It tastes a thousand times better than it sounds.
BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE: Casa Tua
BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH: Nemo
COOLEST CLUB/LOUNGE: LIV at Fontainebleau, Wall at W South Beach
BEST PLACE FOR A POWER BUSINESS MEETING: Joe’s Stone Crab, where every politician and power broker does their networking
ALL-AROUND FAVORITE SPOT IN MIAMI: The Design District. It is what South Beach was like when it started. It is the future.
IF YOU HAVE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS, WHICH HOTEL WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? Fontainebleau
FAVORITE SHOPPING VENUE/BOUTIQUE: Dolce & Gabbana in Bal Harbour, the Webster in South Beach, and En Avance in the Design District
BEST PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY/WATCHES: Buchwald Jewelers and Pastime Inc.
BEST SPA: mySpa at Hotel InterContinental Miami
FAVORITE CHARITY EVENT: Hotel InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, of which I am chairman
FAVORITE CULTURAL EVENT: Art Basel
FAVORITE CULTURAL INSTITUTION: Miami City Ballet
BEST ASPECT OF MIAMI: is its tropical environment and diverse ethnic flair. We live in a spicy city near the equator where clothing is minimal and inhibitions are rare. Its diversity is represented in food, clothing, architecture, and art. It’s a very c’est la vie town which chooses not to judge but rather is very accepting of all times. If the rest of the world were like Miami, there wouldn’t be any wars and there would probably be a lot more babies!
BEST PIZZA: Sosta on Lincoln Road from the Quattro boys
BEST LUNCH: Juice & Java
BEST GYM/ATHLETIC FACILITY: The best personal training gym, Elite Health & Performance; The best gym to train at, Equinox.
BEST MASSAGE: Male, Hassel Daniel; Female, Nicole Halkides
BEST LIMOUSINE/DRIVING SERVICE: Aventura Limo, Carefree Lifestyle, and Julio Limo
BEST MUSEUM/EXHIBIT: Miami Art Museum (MAM), MOCA and The Wolfsonian
FAVORITE HISTORY/LEGENDARY PLACE TO SEE OR EXPLORE: I love to explore Miami by boat, and have been doing so since I was 13 years old. Whether riding through the labyrinth of canals that make up Miami Beach or up the Miami River in Downtown, I always find something new and amazing. I have also discovered great wreck dives off the coast of Miami Beach and explored them thoroughly. One can explore restaurants, houses, fishing holes, dive sites, architecture, and water sports by boat.
Miami’s landmark dining establishment, The Forge, is set to re-open Winter 2010, just in time for the Season after closing in July of 2009 for a makeover. The 40 year old legendary restaurant is presently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and will emerge with new furniture, a fresh look and new menu. Owner Shareef Malnik took ownership of The Forge in 1991 after the restaurant survived a nearly disastrous fire, followed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 that did severe and extensive damage to the restaurant and it’s famous wine cellar. Malnik said he’s been wanting to renovate for years and believes this newly updated Forge will stand the test of time again. “We’ve really come up with a new, updated version of The Forge,” said Malnik, “The only way you can stay ahead of the game is through change. I think this is going to give us another 40 years.”
Famous for it’s steak as much as it’s elegant charm, The Forge has long been a destination for celebrities and people with a taste for a truly elegant and unique dining experience. Located off the beaten paths of South Beach, The Forge is a true Miami landmark.
After a global search to find the new executive chef of The Forge – a culinary landmark in Miami Beach since 1969 – owner Shareef Malnik is proud to announce the appointment of Dewey LoSasso. The Forge will reopen its doors mid-December 2009 with a fresh new design, social and culinary concept.
The lengthy selection process spanned more than six months and consisted of 172 chefs showing off their kitchen skills and impressive signature dishes. Chef LoSasso proved to be top chef by beating out colleagues from around the world and being awarded the much sought-after title.
“I’ve known Dewey for many years back from his days at The Foundlings Club in Miami Beach and as Donatella Versace’s personal chef,” says Shareef Malnik. “The moment we reconnected during my worldwide search for the perfect new chef something just clicked; he understands my culinary vision and where I see The Forge going in the coming years. I’m ecstatic that he has joined our team and cannot wait to reopen the restaurant and get him and the new menu out for all to experience and enjoy.”
A founding member of the 1980s era “Mango Gang,” a group of bold young chefs who put South Florida’s fresh, tropical-accented cuisine on the national gastronomic map, Dewey LoSasso grew as a groundbreaking chef who has not slowed since those heady days. Alongside fellow Mango Gang associates including Norman Van Aken, Mark Militello, Robin Haas, Allen Susser and Douglas Rodriguez, he has continued to pioneer modern cuisine, making a name for
himself as a talented innovator in Miami and New York City. After three years of raves in New York and numerous stints as guest chef in kitchens around the world, LoSasso and wife Dale, a veteran restaurant manager and wine director, returned to Miami to open their first joint venture, North One 10.
The Forge has built a reputation as a fine dining destination with first class service and quality. The renowned establishment is best known for its superb cuisine as well as attracting leaders of businesses, devoted celebrity clientele and heads of state from around the world.