In the sanctuary above an herbal tonic bar, before a seated Buddha and a pair of mandalas, 48 volunteers for congressional candidate Marianne Williamson close their eyes and meditate as Annelise Balfour, the manager and head facilitator of the Source Spiritual Center, intones a welcome prayer.
"No pressure," says Christopher Lee. "I just have the future of the Forge on my shoulders." As the new head chef of the Miami restaurant, serving the city's well-heeled for 46 years, Lee has his work carved out for him. "This place has a long history, and I'm here to write the next chapter," he says. "I don't want to disappoint." Lee is taking over a few weeks after his award-winning predecessor, Dewey LoSasso, quit. After four years at the Forge, the 50-year-old chef decided to take his accolades and traditional comfort food style to luxury resort Acqualina, where a high-paid top-chef spot and a more relaxed atmosphere were waiting. LoSasso’s tenure compares to that of the restaurant’s beloved 26-year chef Kal Abdalla. "I was excited by the new business proposition at Acqualina," LoSasso says. "I wanted to expand my horizons."The Forge is accustomed to hosting the famous, whether it's Jennifer Lopez's birthday party or Derek Jeter's night to throw back a steak. (The infamous, too. Richard Burton, Elizabeth
Bernard Madoff’s securities firm was a modern-day Sodom or Gomorrah, the biblical cities destroyed by God for their immorality, a defense lawyer told jurors in the trial of five of the con man’s ex-aides.