Archive for August, 2011
The Forge Restaurant first opened in 1969 with International Financier Alvin Malnik at the mast in an era of Sinatra swoons and classy steak and potatoes menus: the fashionable elite’s required dress. The forge became and stayed the hottest place in Miami. The 1970′s sees Hollywood greats Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and President Nixon as regulars. In the 1980′s the wine cellar becomes the focus of greatness when Baron Philippe de Rothschild offers Malnik a collection of his wine from the turn of the century. This transforms The Forge’s cellar into one of the most coveted and finest rare-wine collections in the world. In order to stay in style and continue to be popular within the Miami scene transformations become necessary and essential. Shareef Malnik grew up learning the restaurant business with his father, and took over The Forge in 1991. The 90′s sees the Forge as the top celebrity hang out in Miami. In 2009, Shareef pushed the most extensive transformation of the space as well as the thinking-the concept behind the restaurant. The restoration lasted close to one year at a cost of $ 10 million. Re-invention is the formula for longevity. It was important for Shareef Malnik to exist within his contemporary culture. Bringing the restaurant to par with this culture was his challenge. He wants his clients to feel at home, to have a total lifestyle experience when dining at the Restaurant. His choice of Dewey LoSasso as the chef was very important. The Restaurant business is a commitment and working together all the time defines a family within the business. For Shareef, Dewey was the chef of the situation. The new enomatic wine bar also offers a different twist for The Forge experience. It allows the possibility of extensive wine tasting so the choice of the wine accompanying the elegant exquisite meal is just perfect for each person’s palate. The crowd these days is very diverse, the menu has become farm to table, and the ambiance is elegant, lovely and perfect.
The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami Beach
By Kara Franker
August 16, 2011
The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar continues to be Miami Beach’s social epicenter, attracting A-list celebrities, athletes, politicians and anyone who loves exquisite food and wine pairings.
I had the pleasure of dining for the first time at The Forge on Saturday night and I would highly recommend this fine establishment to any critic, foodie or wine connoisseur. The service was impeccable and the farm-to-fork inspired food by famed and highly acclaimed Chef Dewey LoSasso was brilliant. I had the night’s special – grilled local swordfish in a toasted garlic chili broth with oreganato bread crumbs, cippolini, and broccoli rabe salad. It was amazing. Check out the menu here for a delicious list of to-die-for culinary sensations.
Owner Shareef Malnik shut down The Forge after 40 years to reinvent the restaurant and implement $10 million worth of upgrades. There are a number of Murano chandeliers and Malnik’s collection of art and antiques adorn the walls. Each room in the restaurant exudes a stunning, old-world elegance combined with a Miami chic modern feel. In addition to five dramatically exquisite dining rooms, The Grand Tasting Room and Forge Bar, there is an adjoining nightclub, Glass at The Forge and the East Room at The Forge available for live music performances and private parties.
The famed Wine Cellar at The Forge contains more than 300,000 vintages in an eight-room cellar within the restaurant. It is considered by oenophiles to be one of the finest collections in the world. The rarest bottles, including a 1792 Madeira and an 1822 Chateau Lafitte Rothschild – the latter worth an estimated $150,000 – are secured in a chamber behind floor-to-ceiling iron gates.
Private tours of the cellar by Forge sommeliers are available upon request. The collection is consistently recognized by Wine Spectator, which has awarded the restaurant its highest honors – The Grand Award and 2002 Best of Award of Excellence. The new enomatic wine system contains 80 bottles by the glass to be sampled with a Forge Wine Card.
The good news is that Chef Dewey LoSasso has created a special menu for Miami Spice. Click here to view the menu.
The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar
432 41st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Call 305-538-8533 or go online to the The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar website and make a reservation.
All photos courtesy of The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar
MIAMI SPICE MENU
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2011 UNTIL FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011
Please choose one
SMOKED SALMON CROQUETTES
DAMN “HOT” GUAVA SAUCE, PEPPERED CREAM
CHICKEN LIVER CROSTINI
ONION JAM, CHOPPED EGG, SMOKED ONION
CAESAR SALAD FORGE STYLE
Please choose one
BASIL MASHED, HEARTS OF PALM AND GREEN SALAD
TWO ORANGE REDUCTION
GRILLED ANGUS FILET MIGNON
FORGE FOUR MUSTARD SAUCE, ROASTED FINGERLING POTATOES
THREE MUSHROOM RISOTTO
ROASTED SHIITAKE, PORTABELLO AND PORCINI
ALBA WHITE TRUFFLE OIL
Please choose one
TAHITIAN VANILLA ICE CREAM
FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE TORTE
Chef Dewey LoSasso has prepared another fabulous Miami Spice menu. Now you can enjoy the Miami Spice menu and elegant atmosphere at THE FORGE RESTAURANT | WINEBAR also on Fridays! This new menu is offered from Sunday through and including Friday.
$35 PER/PERSON | DOES NOT INCLUDE TAX AND GRATUITY | MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Miami Beach, FL – July 29, 2011 – Carlos Felix and friends celebrated his birthday with style last Friday night at The Forge Restaurant and Winebar. Louis Aguirre, entertainment reporter and anchor of Deco Drive, was in attendance as a toast was raised and feast was had on this night of celebration.
Flavia Antony, Carlos Felix, Krystain Wojtiuk, & Dr. Sigrid Nilssen
Alan Araujo, Carlos Felix, Christopher Nardi, & Cristina Souza
Alan Araujo, Fernando Souto, Carlos Felix, Eliana Torres, & Monica Souza
Christopher Nardi & Cristina Souza
Dr. Deborah, Alex, Gigi, & Carlos Felix
Jorge Hulian, Louis Aguirre, & Carlos Felix
Jay Witrock & Susanne Witrock
Louis Aguirre & Carlos Felix
Hunter McIntyre, Carlos Felix, & Matt McIntyre
Noa Ben & Lee Binks
Lily O’Dare, Valentina Sarria, & Antonio Misuraca
Valentina Sarria, Lily O’Dare, & Browyn Knight
images and article from: Nightlife by Seth. Credits: WorldRedEye
Famous great restaurants establish a stellar clientele. Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh were seen at the Forge drinking wine, sharing appetizers and entrees including lobster and a three mushroom risotto. Minka Kelly, the only daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay is known for her starring role as Lyla Garrity in the series Friday Night Lights. Annie Ilonzeh, is known for her role on General Hospital as Maya Ward. These two young beautiful actresses now form with Rachel Taylor the new Angels for the remake of the Charlie’s Angels series by ABC. The show premieres on Thursday September 22nd. The Forge offers a fabulous ambience and exceptional menu.
image above: The Miami Herald, August 2, 2011, “Scene in the Tropics,” Justin Goes for a Drive by Lesley Abravanel
image below: Charlie’s Angels