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Shareef Malnik And Bobby Flay Shot At The Blacks Galla

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The Consequences Charity is dedicated to reducing adolescent criminal behavior and supporting communities with proactive intervention programs that promote lasting change by impacting the lives of vulnerable youth and their families In pursuit of this goal, this charity funds scholarships and makes grants that help organizations fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

Grammy Award Winner Natalie Cole will Perform

There will be an Exhibition Match between Top Heavyweight Boxer “Fast Fres” Oquendo and MMA Specialist Andrew Arlovski

Other Special Guests will include:

Kim Zolciak, Real Housewives of Atlanta, performing

and TV/Latin music sensation Jencarlos Canela

DJ Entice

DJ Irie

DJ Tracy Young

Featuring Miami’s Best Boutiques in Fashion, Design, Jewelry, and Art

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March 2nd, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Haute Living Talks To Shareef Malnik about The Forge

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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.

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February 17th, 2010 at 11:21 am

The Forge 2.0 – Relax We Built This For You

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While news about The Forge’s relaunch has been slowly trickling in (such as the hiring of Dewey LoSasso as the head chef), owner Shareef Malnik has been tight-lipped about the legendary eatery’s extreme makeover. It’s a marketing strategy he stands by, as he doesn’t want to ruin the surprise of the official unveiling, which will happen sometime at the end of February. Nevertheless, he took the time to reveal several exclusive details to Short Order.
“We are telling a new story,” says Malnik, who has gutted ninety percent of the space since the eatery’s closing this summer. “But we are being careful because The Forge has a history and evolution. It’s a living thing. The inspiration is the world we live in. The world has changed enough from where we were at to warrant a substantial change. We are not married to anything from the past. If we did use something from the past, it was because it works not because it was already there. There are a few iconic design components left there to pay homage, but it’s a new restaurant. We are creating a new classic.”
Expect the previous incarnation’s over-the-top décor to be toned down. Even all of the furniture was been custom-made.
Similarly, the menu has also evolved. It’s no longer solely focused on carnivores hankering for porterhouse and potatoes. “Don’t call us a steakhouse,” Malnik divulges. “We will have a great selection of steaks, but we have this culinary ambition to be more than that. Anyway, there are enough typical steakhouses in town to satisfy anyone looking for that steakhouse template.” Furthermore, Malnik remains mum as to whether entrees will still be dramatically presented with silver domes, as in the past.
The Forge 2.0 is also jettisoning its hedonistic Wednesday evening parties in favor of becoming a destination for foodies every night of the week. “In the early ’90s, it was very avant-garde to combine fine dining and having a good time,” he remarks. “It was eclectic, phenomenal and beautiful. Now, it’s passé for me to be doing that. Maybe I’ve grown up. Not to knock it, but I want to be a pioneer in the direction we are going. It’s about access. In years gone by, it was about excess.” Despite his modest claims, however, expect to see Malnik’s fabulous friends like Madonna, Brett Ratner, Shaquille O’Neal and Sharon Stone rubbing shoulders in the Francois Frossard-designed dining room.
“We paid attention to detail in all areas, from food, architecture and design, to layout, menus, pricing and wine,” notes Malnik. “Prices are more reflective of the economy. We want The Forge to be open, friendly and accessible. It’s an out of the box philosophy.”

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The Rolls Royce Vernissage Dinner At Art Basel

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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.

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December 21st, 2009 at 8:58 am

“Sit back, relax, and enjoy. We built this for you.” Shareef Malnik

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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.

The Forge Restaurant is located at 432 Forty-First Street in Miami Beach, FL. For more information, call 305.538.8533 or visit www.theforge.com.

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December 10th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

15th Annual Miami Make-A-Wish Ball Raises One Million For Children Across South Florida

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We here at Haute Living heard about the Make-A-Wish Ball on Saturday, November 7, 2009, where the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida and InterContinental Miami celebrated the 15th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, raising $1 million, with a Beatles-inspired cocktail reception and dinner, musical performance by Beatlemania Now, extravagant live auction emceed by Pamela Anderson, and 2nd Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist also appeared as a special honoree. “We are delighted to announce that our 15th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball was an extraordinary success,” said Norman Wedderburn, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida President/CEO. “As a result of the unwavering support of our donors, we were able to raise an astonishing amount of money for our children amidst these tough times. I am extremely grateful for all of the generous supporters who donated and contributed their time and efforts towards making this year’s Ball an unforgettable experience and more importantly, providing the resources that will make wishes come true for 200 children across South Florida.”

This year’s InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball was made possible by the committee’s star players: President/CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, Norm Wedderburn; Ball Chairman and proprietor of The Forge, Shareef Malnik; and recently appointed InterContinental Miami General Manager, Robert B. Hill.

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Also honored at this year’s Ball were Lifetime Benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik; Grand Benefactors Stanley and Gala Cohen; Founding Benefactors Howard and Barbara Glicken; and Wish Star Benefactor James L. Ferraro, as well as Wish Benefactors Harvey and Roberta Chaplin, Stuart A. Miller of Lennar Corporation and Robert Press of Trafalgar Capital Advisors.

The evening began with an extravagant Beatles-inspired cocktail reception in the hotel’s Mezzanine, which was transformed into a wonderland reminiscent of the legendary group’s songs “Strawberry Fields,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “All You Need Is Love,” among others. The fantasy decor included a yellow submarine made of 1,000 balloons, a hand-carved carousel of air-brushed animals, six-foot-tall strawberries dotted with giant rhinestone “seeds,” and eight-foot-high letters that spelled out “LOVE” on an Abbey Road Studios facade.

Guests enjoyed bountiful hors d’oeuvre stations created by InterContinental Miami’s gifted Executive Chef Alexander Feher, spirits provided by Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., and the renowned silent auction that raised $87,000. More than 140 premier items were donated by top hospitality, entertainment, fashion and luxury brands, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Ocean Reef Club, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines and Christian Dior, to name a few.

At the end of the reception, guests were summoned to dinner by the event’s 47 themed performers, including a 10-foot lobster man on stilts, a bearded lady, a strong man, Sgt. Pepper characters, glittering mermaids and colorful sea anemones.

The dinner gala continued with beats by Miami HEAT resident DJ Irie and an action-packed live auction hosted by Anderson. Attorney Jim Ferraro donated nearly $500,000 for three items-a Ferrari California donated by Ken Gorin of THE COLLECTION; a home rental and golf experience at famed St. Andrews Links, Scotland, provided by Paul and Emma Woodhouse; and a trip to Punta Mita, Mexico courtesy of Strategic Hotels and Resorts, owners of InterContinental Miami. A total of $210,000 was raised by Miami’s top VIPs and philanthropists at the live auction.

The grand finale of the event featured live music entertainment, with Beatlemania Now bringing the crowd to its feet from the first chords of “I Saw Her Standing There.” Following the Ball and for the second time in InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball’s history, the after-party at InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub celebrated the Ball’s endeavors and reintroduced the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida to the next generation of contributors and Miami’s tastemakers in the fashion, arts, music and nightlife industries.

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November 25th, 2009 at 10:20 am

THE FORGE RECEIVED HONORS FROM THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, IN COMMEMORATION OF ITS 40-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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Proclamation and key to the City awarded by Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower

MIAMI BEACH, FL – (Nov 11, 2009) – Miami Beach’s culinary bastion and social staple The Forge has reached new heights with the celebration of its 40 years in business.  In commemoration of this milestone, the landmark and its owner Shareef Malnik were honored on Monday, April 27, 2009 with a proclamation and a key to the City of Miami Beach. The festivities took place at the offices of Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and the day was declared “The Forge’s 40th Anniversary Day.”

“It is a pleasure to celebrate The Forge’s years of success.  The restaurant has made positive contributions to Miami Beach and has enhanced the city as a world wide destination,” says Mayor Bower.

In honor of The Forge’s 40-year birthday, Malnik is proud to announce that he is giving the storied venue a total multi-million dollar revamp and renovation that started during the summer of 2009 that includes a radical new interior design concept and new menu, including one for the popular Forge Bar, located within the restaurant. The Forge closed for these extensive renovations as of April 27, 2009, and will reopen December 15, 2009

“I see this stage of The Forge as a ‘rebirth,’ not unlike a renewal of wedding vows when you get married.  When we re-open in the winter of 2009, our loyal clientele will be blown away by the exciting enhancements and changes that will have been completed,” says Malnik.  “Like the fine wines in our famous cellar, The Forge only improves with age. Here’s to the next 40 years.”

The Forge has been a Miami Beach legend since the 1920s and owned by The Malnik Family since 1968.  In 1991, Shareef Malnik became the proprietor of the restaurant, and proceeded to inject a shot of hipness into The Forge’s existing eloquence and glamour. The result: A full house every night of the week, successful nightclub components Jimmy’z and Glass, and the East Room, a private dining hall that was host to intimate concerts and film premieres.

The award-winning restaurant has attracted South Beach’s crème de la crème as well leading A-list celebrities over the last four decades, including Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Kelly Preston and John Travolta, Elizabeth Taylor, Mikhail Gorbachev, Rod Stewart, Salma Hayek, Sir Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Woody Allen, Al Pacino, Jessica Alba, Iggy Pop, Matt Damon, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Jordan, Kate Moss, Matthew McConaughey, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, Naomi Campbell, Mickey Rourke, Sly Stallone, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Desi Arnaz, Andy Warhol, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, just to name a few.

The Forge’s current expansion plans include The Forge in the Ottoman Palace Hotel in Dubai.

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November 12th, 2009 at 11:58 am

The Forge Reopens Winter 2009 – Miami’s Best Restaurant

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Just a taste of what’s to come…..

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November 11th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF APPOINTED AT THE FORGE

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Owner Shareef Malnik is proud to announce Dewey LoSasso as new executive chef

MIAMI BEACH, FL – (October 6, 2009) – 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 years back from his days at The Foundlings Club in Miami Beach and as Donatella Versace’s personal chef,” says 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.

ABOUT THE FORGE:

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.

The Forge Restaurant is located at 432 Forty-First Street in Miami Beach, FL. For more information, call 305.538.8533 or visit www.theforge.com.

Charity Comes First In The Malnik Family – Make A Wish 15th Annual Miami Gala

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Shareef Malnik | Gala Chairman | Make A Wish

Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge restaurant in Miami Beach and the Gala Chairman for the fifth consecutive year, became involved as the Chairman to reinvigorate the image of the Ball.  “I believe very strongly in what the Make-A-Wish organization stands for and I saw the opportunity to be able to use my expertise in events and marketing to increase the fundraising potential of this event.  In my first year [as Gala Chairman], we broke every fundraising and attendance record in the event’s history!”  Malnik’s motivation to continue his involvement comes from seeing the happiness that the Foundation is able to bring to deserving children’s lives.  After experiencing the diagnosis of his younger brother with Leukemia and having him become eligible to receive a wish from the organization, Malnik was able to grasp the importance and the hope that a wish provides.  Thankfully, his brother is now cancer-free, but Malnik continues to bring improvements to the event.

After the Ball, guests are invited to head to the exclusive InterContinental
Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, where they can party well into the night.

Saturday, November 7, 2009, 10:30 p.m.
InterContinental Miami, Chopin Room
Individual Tickets $100 Tables available for $1,000
RSVP@CapponiGroup.com or to Lena Makurath at 305-695-4410

Special Guests
Richie Rich
Pamela Anderson
Tokyo Diiva
The Players
President & CEO, Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Southern Florida
Norman Wedderburn
General Manager,
InterContinental Miami
Robert B. Hill
Gala & Nightclub Chairman
Shareef Malnik
Nightclub Vice-Chairman
Michael Capponi
Nightclub Co-Chairman
Clif Loftin
Nightclub Co-Chairman
Antonio Misuraca
Honorary Host Committee
Maxwell Blandford
Paulo Cardoso
Ingrid Caseres
Nick D’Ann unzio
David Grutman
Hardy Hill
Mark Lehmkul
Michael Martin
Eric Milon
Jose Ortiz
Jacquelynn D. Powers
Vito Reznik
Rich Santelise
Nicola Siervo
Tara Solomon
Lauren Stoner
Jimmy Vargas
Music by
DJ Joe Dert
Choreography by
Glenn Packard
Executive Producer
Gayle DePoli
Creative Director
Bruce Sutka
Lighting Director
Jorge Tellez (Set)
Sound and Lights
MasterSound

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November 11th, 2009 at 11:48 am