The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik

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

More Great Press Keeps Rolling In – Chef Dewey

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A strong culinary scene in Miami attracts visiting gourmands from around the world. While seafood is top choice considering the city’s prime location on the Atlantic, many restaurants have gone beef. The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik, which reopened last spring, is a lifestyle-driven restaurant with lavish décor and an Enomatic Wine System, the only one in Miami. Progressive American cuisine is headed by former chef of Versace’s personal chef, Dewey LoSasso. The menu is chock-full of creative items, but go old-school and try the oak-grilled “Super Steak,” that Wine Spectator voted “Best Steak in America.”

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February 25th, 2011 at 10:52 am

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Shareef Malnik of The Forge Restaurant in Miami honored by The Florida Marlins

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The recent Marlins Inaugural Ball at the Hotel Intercontinental was a home run. If you weren’t there, you should have been! Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, former Mayor Manny Diaz, Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, Jorge Plasencia, along with event co-chairs Jamie and David Rosenberg and team president David Samson and his wife Cindi, honored many people including my friend Nicole Lozano for her tremendous work with the Miami Science Museum.

We sat with Nicole and Edgar at their table and had a fabulous view of the band. Shareef Malnik was spotted chatting with Dr. Jeffrey D. Kamlet, where the two were celebrating their joint birthdays.

There were fab auction items, including a guitar signed by Creed lead singer Scott Stapp, which Jennifer Diliz from the Marlins Foundation got from my closet! She came over to see me about the event, and I gave her one of my personal guitars to auction off. When I ran into team president David Samson at the gala, he told me he was bidding on the guitar and really wanted to win it!

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February 25th, 2011 at 10:13 am

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The Forge Restaurnt Miami Beach – Feature in Haute Living

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Tipping the Chef’s Hat – Dewey know he’s the best? – Yes!

By Lindsay Brooke Cohen of Haute Living on February 18th, 2011

Dewey LoSasso is the newly christened executive chef at the rejuvenated Florida landmark, The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik. LoSasso has been a mainstay in the culinary scene for over 30 years, holding various executive posts, and even a stint as Donatella Versace’s personal chef. But, it was not until LoSasso heard about The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar’s global search for a new executive chef that he opted for a new challenge. Pared down to a finalist list of 8 world-class chefs, LoSasso proved the best after a personal, in-home tasting by Forge owner Shareef Malnik.

In recreating the menu for Forge, LaSasso studied nearly 40 years of the restaurants past menus and history to understand why it has remained a popular icon of Miami’s culinary and social culture. Ultimately, LaSasso decided to emphasize farm-to-table and ocean-to-table ingredients that allow him to pay homage to the restaurants classic name, as well as innovate and expand his personal style to new guests. We recently had the chance to ask Chef LoSasso a few questions about his career and current tenure as Executive Chef of The Forge.

HL: How did you begin your career in the culinary field?
DL: I was first exposed to the restaurant industry as a dishwasher in a Jersey Shore restaurant when I was 13 years old. After just one year I knew I wanted to be a chef because I fell in love with the dynamic of a restaurant and the controlled chaos of the kitchen.

HL: What restaurants did you work at prior to this one?
DL: I’ve worked in various restaurants in New Jersey and New York. After graduating from Culinary Institute of America, I began working for Mitchell Wolfson Jr.’s private club, The Foundlings Club, then I began working as the Executive Chef for the Hudson Hotel in New York. When I decided to leave New York, I returned to southern Florida to open my own restaurant, North One 10.

HL: What appetizer, entrée, and dessert is The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar most well known for?
DL: The Lobster Peanut Butter and Jelly; Coffee-crusted Ribeye and Goat Cheese Frittata, appropriately named “Coffee and Eggs”; Crispy Chocolate Chestnut Ravioli with a Snickers dipping sauce.

HL: Are you a globetrotter? If so, are your dishes inspired from places you have traveled to?
DL: Yes, I often travel for culinary inspiration, and of all my travels I was most inspired by Australia, Napa Valley, and Italy.

HL: When you’re not cooking up creations at your own restaurant, where can we find you dining?
DL: There is a secret underground chef hangout in North Miami called Yakasan that also serves up some of the best Japanese cuisine with clean, innovative flavor profiles. It’s open late, so it’s perfect for a late night after cooking at The Forge when I want some great food and someone else to do the cooking for me.

HL: What’s your favorite drink?
DL: Stoli on the rocks.

The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar
432 Forty First Street Miami Beach, Florida 33140

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February 24th, 2011 at 10:34 am

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Lobster Peanut Butter & Jelly @ The Forge Restaurant in Miami – Best App

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The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik
MIami Beach

Both the menu and the space at this iconic 1930s steak haven have undergone a transformation. The restaurant now specializes in “progressive America food based on local ingredients served with a twist,” says executive chef Dewey LoSasso. And the vibe is casual, fun, and over-the-top–”perfect for our clientele,” he says. Getting cozy at the tables: Gabrielle Anwar, who often has the grilled salmon with basil mashed patties; jennifer Lopez, who’s mad for the grilled Maine lobster; and Venus Williams, whose grand-slam pick is the lobster PB&J–the most popular appetizer in town.

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February 24th, 2011 at 10:12 am

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Florida Marlins Honor Shareef Malnik For His Continued Philanthropy

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The Marlins Community Foundation (FMCF) will host a Diamond Dig cocktail reception to kick-off to the Marlins Inaugural Diamond Ball presented by Rosenberg Diamonds & Co. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Marlins Community Foundation’s Cornerstones for Kids programs.  The event will feature a “Diamond Dig”, music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The “Dig” will entail a bowl full of Cubic Zirconias and one Diamond stone.  For a $50 contribution to the Marlins Foundation, guests will receive tweezers for a chance to dig for a diamond. The Marlins will also announce the first ever All-Star Award recipients at the kick-off event and will be formally honoring them at the Diamond Ball. The event will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 6:30PM at the  Garcia Residence in Pinecrest, FL 33156.

All-Star Award Honorees

Jose R. Mas, All-Star CEO

Benjamin Leon Jr., All- Star in Education

Shareef Malnik, All-Star in Philanthropy

Nicole Lozano, All-Star in Philanthropy

Nick Buoniconti, All-Star in Philanthropy

Pat and Milton Wallace, All-Star in Philanthropy

Nora Bulnes, All-Star in the Community

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February 21st, 2011 at 8:48 am

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Do the Final BubbleQ Miami Style – The Forge Miami’s Best Restaurant

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As the 2011 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival approaches, one event will leave a bittersweet aftertaste. The beloved 10-year-old BubbleQ prepares for its farewell. As a tribute to this elite event, locals can toast to Miami chefs with endless bubbly and sticky smiles, alongside Master of Ceremonies Bobby Flay. Dine on BubbleQ renditions in Miami year-round, sans Food Network fanatics and champagne mobs.

The Forge: The Forge‘s Chef Dewey Losasso will build a grilled filet mignon sandwich, topped with boneless short ribs and a lobster marmalade. The taste is a combination of Barolo braised short rib, Creekstone filet and signature lobster. “It’s the Forge gone ultimate barbecue” LoSasso said. Say “please,” and he might just whip it up in the lavish dining room.
432 41st St.; 305-538-8533

Blue Door Fish: Renowned Chef Claude Trosgrois doesn’t do typical fish and chips. Expect an upgrade from the French-Brazilian Blue Door Fish. Just steps away from his Delano eatery, Trosgrois will plate his new Mediterranean red snapper grilled with Antiboise sauce, tomato, black olives, capers, anchovy and basil, alongside crushed potatoes.
1685 Collins Ave.; 305-674-6400

STK Miami: Executive Chef Ralph Pagano has a hybrid in mind for STK Miami at BubbleQ — a marriage of beef short ribs and the popular Little Big Mac’s, inspired by Pagano’s globetrotting. “I have traveled the world and I found this,” he said of his BBQ Short Rib Steamed Buns, toasted with honey and sesame.
2377 Collins Ave.; 305-604-6988

SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill: Midtown’s Timon Balloo is headed beachside. He’s crafting Galbe style wagyu brisket with sticky rice and kimchee. “It’s one of the traditional and most difficult cuts of meat used for barbecue because it absorbs smoke and flavors. It’s a tough meat and it takes a lot of skill to prepare to make sure it’s tender and flavorful,” Balloo said. Similar in flavor, he recommends regular in-house menu staple, the Korean style short ribs hot off SUGARCANE‘s robata grill.
3252 N.E. 1st Ave.; 786-369-0353

Chef Allen’s: Master Chef Allen Susser is reproducing Chermoula grilled lamb chops from his refined Aventura bistro. Seasoned with cumin, fennel, black peppercorns, garlic and olive oil, the lamb chop is then cooked on a wood burning grill. It’s plated with a refreshing salsa verde, a mix or goat cheese or feta, served with a green herb salad.
19088 N.E. 29th Ave.; 305-935-2900

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February 11th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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CBS Miami – Best Steak Houses In Miami – The Forge is among the best!

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The restaurant is a Miami Beach legend, and the steaks live up to the legend. Chef Dewey LoSasso grills angus beef over oak, offering what they call a “Super Steak” 16 ounce NY Strip, aged 21 days. The Filet with the restaurant’s traditional mustard sauce is buttery-tender, and for something lighter, the Grilled Skirt Steak with tomato jam is delightful. An eclectic menu is offered for those who are not carnivores, and The Forge Restaurant in Miami may have the best wine cellar in Florida. Celebrities are often spotted here. The bill can be hefty, but the experience is memorable.

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February 10th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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SEAL THE DEAL AT THE FORGE RESTAURANT | WINE BAR – Miami’s Valentine’s Day Restaurant

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If you wine and dine them, they will come… home with you. Well, maybe, but the chances that you will be enjoying breakfast together the next day will have increased by a large percentage.  The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik pulled out all of the stops for this Valentine’s Day to serve up some American Love.  Between decadent courses appropriately named Foreplay, Entrée and After the Climax, executive chef Dewey LoSasso has integrated aphrodisiac ingredients like oysters, truffles and dark chocolate into the menu to get diners into “the mood.”
For big spenders, and wine aficionados, take it to the next level and spoil the one you love by being surrounded by some of the rarest bottles of wine that exist.  A very special experience, guests will be given access to proprietor Shareef Malnik’s heavily secured private collection cellar (with bottles dating back to the 1800’s) in The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar where the restaurant will also customize the menu with seven to 10 courses, will arrange for live entertainment (think violinist or cellist) and will drape the ceiling with a full layer of rose petals.  This is sure to be one of the most memorable of Valentine’s Day experiences.
The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar is located at 432 41st Street.  For reservations, please call 305.538.8533 or visit  Cost for the pre-fixe menu mentioned above is $69 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). Menu is attached.

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February 9th, 2011 at 9:42 am

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The Forge Wine Dinner Series February 2011 Edition – Your Invited

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2011 Wine Dinner Series The Forge/Miami Beach

The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik

Shareef Malnik

Welcomes you to join him for

The Forge Wine Dinner Series
February 2011 Edition

Hors D’Oeuvres
Cobia and Chanterelle Strudel – Florida Corn Shoots
Everglades Wild Boar Crostini | Chinese Mustard Jelly
Crispy Duck Wonton | Joseph Phelps Grape Chutney

Joseph Phelps Vinyards 2008 Viognier Napa Valley

First Course

Lobster In Two Manners

Calabaza Blossom
Filled with Pompano Beach Ricotta, Spiny Lobster, Wild Arugula

Maine Lobster Peanut Butter & Jelly
Toasted Brioche, Chopped Peanuts, Onion Marmalade
Freestone Vineyards 2007 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

Second Course

Mutton Snapper “In A Bag”
Shaved White Albal Truffles, Homestead Vegetables, Lentil Broth
Freestone Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast


“Bleu In The Face”
Warm Lamb Loin, Bibb Lettuce, Nature’s Own Blue Goat Cheese, Habanero Brittle, Smoked Nuts, Squash carpaccio
Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


Wattle Seed Seared Creekstone Filet Mignon
Herbed Frittata, Roasted Lila Onions, Purple Haze Carrots
Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2006 Insignia Napa Valley


Pumpkin Pie
Sweet Goat Cheese Crema, Candied Corn, Land of Goshen Maple Syrup Custard
Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2008 Eisrebe Napa Valley

Host Include

Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Executive Chef Dewey Lolasso – The Forge
Wines by Joseph Phelps Vineyards – California

Saturday February 26, 2011 @ 7;30pm
$125 Per Person

Reserve Your Place At The Table 305-538-8533 or Forge Reservations
The Forge Restaurant Miami Beach
432 Forty-First Street
Miami Beach

Price Does Not Include Tax And Gratuity

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February 7th, 2011 at 10:49 am

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Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc Hosts Another Successful Event at Mondrian in South Beach – Shareef Malnik Honnored

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Tiffany & Co and Miami Beach International Fashion Week Raise Funds for Emerging Designers

MIAMI – January, 2011- Sobol- Perry Fashion Productions, Inc
hosted their 2nd Annual Humanitarian Awards and official kickoff party to the Miami Beach International Fashion Week last night. Ten of South Florida’s well recognized philanthropic individuals were honored with the nominee of a humanitarian award presented by television and radio celebrities Brian Andrews and Ileana Garcia.  Some of the nominees included Vincent Castro, Jackie Nespral, Maria Elena Salinas, and Manuel Machado. Sponsored by Tiffany & Co, the event at Mondrian in South Beach benefitted the Miami Fashion Week Foundation Inc., and was co-sponsored by Moroccan Oil.

Models paraded around the poolside event wearing designs by such artists as Julian Chang, Viviana G,  Nicolas Felizola, Zula Khramov, Cesar Rosario, Kimberly Hendrix and Somy Ali.  In order to raise funds for the non for profit organization there were two silent auction lounges that had Miami’s finest bidding on items such as a signed Dwayne Wade Miami Heat jersey and fine jewelry provided by Tiffany & Co.  All proceeds generated from last night’s event will go toward Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc.

Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) independent and not- for- profit organization that strives on generating funds for charitable and philanthropic initiatives. The goal of the foundation is to provide scholarships to the winners of the Miami Beach International Fashion Week competitions so that they may have the opportunity to thrive in their efforts in becoming professionals within the fashion industry. Throughout the year, the foundation hosts a variety of events to help raise the funds for these emerging designers and students studying fashion design, jewelry making, photography and graphic arts.   The foundation will announce the winner for the scholarship at the opening night press conference of the Miami Beach International Fashion Week, March 3.

“We could not have asked for a better backdrop for last night’s event,” says Beth Sobol president and executive producer of Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions Inc. “Designers and attendees arrived from all over the world for the event. It was truly remarkable to see everyone come together and help raise funds for this charitable cause.”

About Miami Beach International Fashion Week Beth Sobol, President of Sobol – Perry Fashion Productions, Inc., founded Miami Beach Fashion Week® in 1999 following a successful career as an international fashion model. She has worked with some of the fashion world’s most influential designers and producers and launched Miami Fashion Week to provide a platform for designers from Latin America to gain international exposure.  During the past 13 years, MBIFW has evolved into one of the world’s premier fashion events spotlighting designers from Europe, USA and Canada, the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia as well as the largest showcase of Latin American design talent in the world. For more information visit

About Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc The Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc, is a 501(c ) (3) independent, not for profit organization formed as the entity to generate funds and accept corporate and private contributions for charitable and philanthropic initiatives. Operating year-round, the foundation hosts a variety of fundraising events to raise scholarship funds that benefit the emerging designers and students studying fashion design, jewelry making, fashion photography, and graphic arts involved with the Miami Beach International Fashion Week competitions. Among other exciting prizes including mentoring and study abroad programs, the competition winners will receive a cash prize from MFWF scholarship fund as part of their award.

About Tiffany & CO TIFFANY & CO. operates jewelry and specialty retail stores and manufactures products through its subsidiary corporations. Its principal subsidiary is Tiffany and Company. The Company operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores and boutiques in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and engages in direct selling through Internet, catalogue and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit or call Tiffany & Co. Village of Merrick Park: 305.529.4390 or Tiffany & Co. Bal Harbour Shops: 305.864.1801.

About Mondrian in South Beach Mondrian in South Beach: Mondrian in South Beach, Morgans Hotel Group’s third property in South Beach, designed by Marcel Wanders as Sleeping Beauty’s castle, invites residents and guests to live within a modern fantasy. The property features Morgans’ world-renowned agua spa, Jeffrey Chodorow’s Asia de Cuba, Sunset Lounge. Mondrian is located in SoBe’s West Ave and offers ownership in a waterfront property with private, VIP boat access to Biscayne Bay and breathtaking views of downtown Miami. The property features 335 hotel residences of studios, one-and two-bedroom residences, and four tower suites. Mondrian also features a newly opened fully functional Marina. 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL |305.514.4955 |

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February 1st, 2011 at 9:16 am

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