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Haute 100 Update: Al Malnik gives $1,000,000 to Make-A-Wish at Intercontinental Gala
At Saturday’s 18th Annual Make-A-Wish Gala, Lifetime Benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik presented a record-breaking $1,000,000 check to the charity to establish the Malnik Family Wish Fund. The monies will grant wishes “in perpetuity” to children with life-threatening diseases. Al’s son Shareef, served as the Gala’s host for the eighth consecutive year while girlfriend and Burn Notice actress Gabrielle Anwar emceed the live auction to great effect. Highlights of the lavish Bollywood-themed gala included a very fun pre-recorded video of Anwar and Malnik attempting ballet at the Miami City Ballet and a flash mob in which guests pulled peach-colored sashes from their seats and waived them in unison to “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)” from Slumdog Millionaire.
Notable names in attendance included Christian Slater with girlfriend Brittany Lopez, Kardashian Kharacter Jonathan Cheban, “Real Housewives” Lisa Hochstein and über-philanthropists Sanford Ziff and Lady Beatrice Clancy. Afterwards, the younger set joined new arrivals at the Intercontinental Make-A-Wish Nightclub, which was hosted by Michael Capponi and featured a crazy runway show by Traver Rains. All summed, the event raised $1.6 million dollars from generous donors.
From the Blog Haute Living who picks the Forge as one of the five best spots during this hot summer season in Miami.
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.
One of the brilliant inventions of Shareef Malnik that brought the Forge it’s one of a kind reputation were the Wednesday evening thematic parties. For 17 years Wednesday evenings were synonymous of fine dining, fine wines, black tie service, good music and the changing themes. Each Wednesday night brought a different environment to the restaurant. The Forge’s space would be completely transformed with light, interior design and elegance. From runway fashion shows to VIP pajama parties, Shareef Malnik would respond with invention and taste. Nothing would escape his eye, and for him the most important aspect of these evenings are the people who come as it is his guests and their recognition that make the party come alive.
Since Miami’s legendary restaurant The Forge closed its doors for renovations last fall, the whole city has been abuzz wondering when the mid-beach property will welcome diners back into its fold. Considered by many notable residents to have one of the best steaks in town, we thought that with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival right around the corner, what better time to catch up with owner Shareef Malnik to see if we could squeeze any opening details out of him.
In the latest issue of Haute Living Miami, we present readers with Q & As from some of the most recognized names that are leading the Magic City’s culinary scene. In the article, “Culinary Power Players,” Shareef tells us a little about the types of crowds his venue appeals to. “The Forge is intentionally designed to appeal to a diverse crowd. It’s all about quality and a great time. It’s about community and people feeling like they are at home, not in their dining room, but in their living room with friends.”
Malnik has been famously quiet about the renovations going on behind closed doors, though he did mention that he is finishing up the project, and is also in the process of designing The Forge in Dubai. And when we asked him to describe his dream restaurant, he replied, “I am attempting to built it as we speak.”
Find out more of what this haute restaurateur had to say about his own endeavors, as well as some of his favorite places to dine in Miami in the February/March issue of Haute Living Miami.