The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik

The Forge, Miami Beach, (305) 538-8533

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Be My Valentine

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What a lovely way to show your loved one you appreciate all that they do for you- a fabulous celebrity style meal at The Forge Restaurant.
The First Course is a lovely choice of sharing appetizers to open the palette. The Entrées are to die for, you have a choice of a Maine Lobster Thermidor, or Herb Seared Tuna, or maybe the Oak Grilled Filet Mignon? The Dessert is once again for sharing and we end with a Tea for Two. How delicious? How Romantic? All within the marvelous
ambiance that is the calling card of The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar. Enjoy.

Alex Rodriguez in the House

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Eat Well For a Good Cause

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The Forge, 432 41st St., Miami Beach, hosts the 13th annual Pleasures of the Palate, a fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Chef Dewey LoSasso’s four-course meal stars pan-seared filet mignon with red wine reduction and fava bean mash. Tickets for the sit-down meal are $250 at  or 800-321-3437.

Diabetes research is a good cause to donate to. Millions of Americans suffer from this disease that can cause severe illness and death.

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Celebrity Sighting

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The picture above is of the famous boxer Andre Berto who celebrated his birthday at the Forge. Berto is a Haitian-American welterweight and is the current IBF Welterweight champion. Also in the house was the famous basketball player for the Boston Celtics, Glen “Big Baby” Davis. What a night.

Shareef Malnik

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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.

Friday Nights at The Forge

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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

MIAMI Magazine

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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.

Miami Magazine

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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.

Creating an Event

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It takes talent, energy and desire to invent an event roster such as Shareef Malnik accomplished in the 17 years of his thematic Wednesday night parties at his Forge restaurant. Yes there are many event planners, but very creative and successful ones, that is what we are talking about. In order to create THE event, first one needs to understand the patrons, those who we want to come to the event, and in the case of Malnik, obviously he desires to be surrounded by guests who appreciate his restaurant and who will enjoy and participate within the evening he has designed for them. This is one of the most important aspects of the event planning industry is to scope and understand the people that you are planning for, create an event that will be spectacular, to use the specific space entirely and efficiently and finally to offer to the public a sort of voyage into a reality that is not habit and is unexpected. Several of the themes he worked with were brilliant: VIP Pajama Party where beds were moved into the restaurant; a Jungle party with Tigers and Pythons; a Beach Party with Palm trees and 65 Miami Beach lifeguards dressed for their part; and even a Winter Wonderland with artificial snow with the guests dressed in white.

La Perla

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La Perla Fashion Show at The Forge

La Perla is one of the leading creators of luxury lingerie for women in the world. Started by Ada Masotti, a very skilled craftsman in the art of hand made corsetry who opened his first boutique in 1954 in Bologne Italy and named it La Perla. He named his shop inspired by the jewelers box he had crafted, lined with red velvet that he used to carry his first creations. In 1971 La Perla presents its first swimwear collection and in 1986 its first fragrance. Continuing its tradition of elegance and refined luxury in the lingerie domain where else would they want to present their collection but at the Forge for one of it’s fabulous Wednesday Night parties. Shareef Malnik installed a runway down the center of the restaurant to host the fashion show. What a great event: the most beautiful women in the world showing off the most beautiful and sexy lingerie at the Forge, with its elegant and unique environment.