Archive for June, 2011
Coby Bell is known for his successful TV career as Officer Ty Davis Jr. on Third Watch; as Glen in Half & Half; as Jason Pitts in The Game and now he stars as Intelligence Agent Jesse Porter in Burn Notice. Bell is a busy man, also a producer and a musician and songwriter with a reggae band, he is married and the proud father of two sets of twins.
Burn Notice is filmed in Miami so Bell has had the occasion to scout out his in-places here in the Miami area. Interviewed by MIAMI Magazine he was quick to cite The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar as one of his favorite restaurants.
MIAMI Magazine’s July/August Issue has arrived and the cover story: ” To Live and Dine in Miami”, by Riki Altman, Margit Bisztray, Virginia Gil, Jen Karetnick and Luis R. Ruigal spotlights The Forge Restaurant as one of the top dining establishments of Miami. The fabulous grilled shrimp waffle topped with caviar, one of the new temptations extraordinaire from chef Dewey LoSasso is the cover image. Shareef Malnik won his bet. A very courageous and difficult decision to close The Forge after 40 years and re-brand it’s look and style was also a costly one. After a $10 million dollar renovation, the choice of a new executive chef, with the emphasis on a more modern and contemporary ambiance, program, and dining experience, Shareef Malnik has demonstrated that he really knows his business, and the recognition received in this month’s MIAMI Magazine is very well deserved. Do not worry, the menu favorites are still there, the amazing steaks and soufflés, but, they are complemented by the “Savory Snacks”, think Pomegranate BBQ Lamb Spare Ribs, “Starts”, think The Forge Grand Raw Bar Sampler for Two, as well as a choice of “Sides”, imagine Sage Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. Of course all served and executed with the rare elegance needed for the ultimate exquisite dining experience.
Murano glass is a very important part of Italian history and culture. Murano is just off the coast of Venice and has been an active port since the 7th century. The glass trade became its trademark industry, having started in the 9th century. The glass objects of Murano are known throughout the world because of the unique techniques used to render the magnificent color and surface of the glass.
The Forge Restaurant hosts a number of Murano chandeliers that brand the superb ambiance and elegance of the restaurant.
The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar has just been honored by being awarded the cover of MIAMI Magazine’s upcoming restaurant issue, with the star editorial piece being: “To Live and Dine in Miami”. Being the symbol of Fine Dining, Elegance and Excellence in Miami, this distinction is well deserved. For this occasion MIAMI Magazine is putting together a stellar “To Live and Dine in Miami” event. The selected chefs and restaurants of the July/August issue will be honored at a cocktail party hosted by MIAMI Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Luis Rigual and the magazine’s food writers; Riki Altman, Margit Bisztray, Jen Karetnick and food photographer Michael Pisarri. This evening will benefit Common Threads. This local organization specializes in the education of children on important matters such as obesity, nutrition and wellness with their energy devoted to the prevention of obesity and encouraging the new generations to start cooking to be healthy. The restaurants will each present a special item from their menu and allow students from local culinary schools to collaborate with the chefs and their team in order to learn hands on from professionals. Each participating restaurant will donate a gift certificate for a dinner for four, which will be raffled off during the evening to benefit Common Threads and their programs.
El Nuevo Herald highlights The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar Father’s Day celebration that presented a spectacular menu with seasonally inspired breakfast specialties, Johnny Walker Black paired items, a Bloody Mary Bar and Unlimited Mimosas. The Dads received a one-week pass to Equinox as a gift from The Forge. A full house, the restaurant again succeeded in presenting an elegant menu and atmosphere. The very professional and friendly staff were all about taking care of the families that brought Dad to celebrate his big day.
The Basel Art Fair seems to be showing us that the Art Market has survived the economic crunch and is renewing its force. The fair has been receiving more visitors than last year, which leads us to believe the market is getting better. This is wonderful news for the Basel Miami Beach art fair coming in December. It is encouraging for the city and the fair. Miami has such a wonderful panache and elegance as a city that Art Basel chose its sister city well. When a city hosts such an important event it needs to be able to match the elegance of the event through its landscape, urban development and service industry.
Miami does just that with South Beach, its European feel and with restaurants such as The Forge. The Forge offers the environment that the elegant and cultivated audience of such an important Art Fair is looking for.
At The Forge Restaurant nothing is ordinary, and for Father’s Day Shareef Malnik and Chef Dewey LoSasso have created the event. The brunch menu is nothing less than spectacular including a special treat – a choice of either Smoked Salmon or Steak and Eggs, both paired with Johnny Walker Black just for Dad, and he will be offered a 1-week complimentary membership to Equinox, Miami’s most contemporary gym experience. This is a Sunday for the family, this brunch is kid friendly with activities and crafts and kids under 5 are free.
THE FORGE SUNDAY BRUNCH
PLEASE SELECT ONE
CRISPY CAPERS, CROSTINI, CRÈME FRAICHE, GRILLED POMELLO
SERVED WITH FATHER’S DAY TASTING OF JOHNNY WALKER BLACK* FATHERS ONLY
STEAK AND EGGS
GRILLED SKIRT STEAK, GOAT CHEESE FRITTATA, PEPPERCORN GRAVY
SERVED WITH FATHER’S DAY TASTING OF JOHNNY WALKER BLACK * FATHERS ONLY
CHEF DEWEY’S MAC AND CHEESE
TOPPED WITH ROASTED WILD MUSHROOMS AND TRUFFLE
FORGE FRENCH TOAST
SAUTÉED APPLES AND MANGO
LAND OF GOSHEN MAPLE SYRUP
GRILLED VEGETABLES, CHEDDAR OR GOAT CHEESE, GRILLED TOMATO
STEAMED LOCAL SNAPPER “IN A BAG” INFUSED WITH AROMATICS, VEGETABLES, CHILLED ROASTED RED PEPPER
SMOKED TOMATO SAUCE, WHITE ANCHOVY
EGGS BENEDICT “JERSEY SHORE”
POACHED EGGS, GRILLED, BUTTER BIALY, TAYLOR HAM , “DEWEY HOT” BÉARNAISE
ALMOND SEARED CHICKEN PAILLARD
TOPPED WITH A CHIFFONADE OF GREENS
CAPERS AND CHICKEN JUS
BASIL MASHED, ORANGE REDUCTION, HEART OF PALM SALAD
GRILLED SHRIMP OR CHICKEN BREAST, PESTO, CAULIFLOWER, SUN DRIED TOMATOES
MALTED BERRY PANCAKES
GRANOLA DUST, WHIPPED CREAM, SYRUP
$55 PER PERSON* KIDS UNDER FIVE FREE/KIDS 5YR- 12 YEARS $20 *
*PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE TAX OR GRATUITY
*ALL NON-CATERED FUNCTIONS WITH EIGHT GUESTS OR MORE, WILL HAVE AN 18% GRATUITY
ADDED TO THE CHECK*
CUCUMBER, KIWI, BASIL, GRAPEFRUIT WITH RAW SUGAR CANE
APPLE, BANANA, PINEAPPLE, HONEY,TURBINADO AND ICE
BANANA, LYCHEE, PINEAPPLE, MILK AND ICE
THE CONE OF SILENCE
CARROT, FENNEL, CARDAMOM, HONEY AND OJ
ACAI, APPLE, BANANA, BLUEBERRY
ADD PROTEIN SOY MILK SKIM MILK 2% MILK
NO TRANS-FATS OR HYDROGENATED OILS ARE USED IN THE PREPARATION OF THE FORGE MENU
*CONSUMER INFOMATION: THERE IS RISK ASSOCIATED WITH CONSUMING OYSTERS.
IF YOU HAVE CHRONIC ILLNESS OF THE LIVER, STOMACH OR BLOOD, OR HAVE IMMUNE DISORDERS YOU ARE AT GREATER RISK OF SERIOUS ILLNESS FROM
RAW OYSTERS, AND SHOULD EAT OYSTERS FULLY COOKED. IF UNSURE OF YOUR RISK CONSULT A PHYSICIAN.
Another aspect of the Art Basel fair is the conversations program. Invitations to well acclaimed artists, collectors, dealers, historians and critics to openly discuss in public and with the public their thought process, career choices, projects, future projects and answer questions within an interactive framework. This allows the interested and the curious a direct contact with the leading movers and shakers of the international art arena. The program is very ambitious and complex, and each year the directors inject within their schedule a variety of exciting encounters. This years line-up:
Art Basel Conversations Program, Art 42 Basel:
WEDNESDAY | June 15 | Premiere | Artist Talk | Allen Ruppersberg
Allen Ruppersberg, Artist, New York/Los Angeles
In conversation with Jay Sanders, Curator and Writer, New York.
THURSDAY | June 16 | Public/Private | How Will Museums Be Able to Collect?
Speakers | Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern, London
Martin Roth, Director General, Dresden State Art Collections/Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Incoming Director, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Moderator | András Szántó, Author and consultant to arts and philanthropic organizations, New York
FRIDAY | June 17 | Collector Focus | Patronage and Politics
Speakers | Dr. Farhad Farjam, Collector and Patron, The Farjam Collection, Dubai
Dana Farouki, Collector and Patron, Dubai and New York
Abdullah Al Turki, Creative Director of Edge of Arabia, London/Riyadh
Moderator | Payam Sharifi, Artist and Essayist, Co-Founder of Slavs and Tatars, Moscow
SATURDAY | June 18 | The Future of Artistic Practice | The Artist as Urbanist
Speakers | Luc Deleu, Artist and Architect, Antwerp
Momoyo Kaijima, Architect, Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo
Anri Sala, Artist, Berlin
Stephen Willats, Artist, London
Moderator | Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London
SUNDAY | June 19 | What is Alternative – Alternative to What?
Speakers | Julieta Aranda, Artist and Co-Founder of e-flux, Berlin/New York
Stefan Kalmár, Director, Artists Space, New York
Marta Kuzma, Director, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), and member of the curatorial team for documenta13
Anton Vidokle, Artist and Co-Founder of e-flux, New York/Berlin
Moderator | Vincenzo de Bellis, Co-Director Peep-Hole, Milan, and Curator-in-residence Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome
These exciting dialogues also take place at Art Basel Miami Beach in December. The line up is just as impressive. Programmed usually in the morning between 10 and 11 AM, this then leaves you the day for visiting the fair. For your evening, The Forge, with their enomatic wine bar and excellent menu can offer you a magnificent continuation of your artistic environment.
image: Art Basel Conversation | Public/Private | Crossing the Atlantic | v.l.n.r. Klaus Biesenbach, Lynne Cooke, Ann Goldstein, András Szántó
A new part of the Basel Art Fair this year that had been inaugurated in 2010 is named Art Parcours, which for me would mean in English: Art Travels, or Art Voyages as this very Contemporary show was curated by Jens Hoffman, Director of CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco and is an exhibition that traces the paths of thought taken by a certain select group of outstanding contemporary art makers and their site specific installations are scatted throughout various historical locations in Basel. This specific Parcours will blend past and present and take place within the district St. Alban Tal, “including fishing houses along the river, a large Cargo Ship, sections of the old city wall, the Haus Zum Hohen Dolder (known for the oldest mural depicting the myth of Wilhelm Tell), the St. Alban Church, and the Brunnenwerk St Alban, an old water reservoir, as well as various public sites through out the area.” (From Art Basel PR)The artists exhibited are Ai Weiwei, Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures Miller, Anne Chu, Frederico Herrero, Chris Johanson and Sun Foot, Joan Jonas, Kris Martin, Ugo Rondinone, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, and Gabriel Sierra. Waiting for Art Basel Miami, the Public Art sector will inhabit Miami and South Beach as well as this Parcours exhibit in Basel. Once in Miami, at the end of the day when you need a pampered evening after having passionately looked at art at the fair, come join us at the Forge and let our exquisite cuisine and wine cellar continue to cater to your sensory experience.