(Part II – Inside the “Oscars” of the Food World)
The after-parties are not that different than those of Art Basel Miami, especially the selection process. First, you discover what parties there are, followed by which ones are the best to attend and, this is important, which order you will go to them.
This year, there were at least 5 award after-parties: Boulud Sud, Per Se, The Modern, ABC Kitchen and almost always one of the best parties to go to on the later side, Eleven Madison Park.
But before there were the after-parties, there were the James Beard Foundation Awards and Gala Reception:
Perhaps more photographed than the chefs, Mortimer and Mauve, ambassadors for WhistlePig Whiskey
Groupon bar area - green is the "official" color this year, thanks to Groupon's sponsorship
Food Network's Anne Burrell inside the Press Room, where Perrier-Jouët champagne flowed and dishes from The Meatball Shop were served (check out their website, www.themeatballshop.com, for funny "ball" jokes
José's Taco's: Ibérico Ham with American Caviar, one of the most popular dishes from JBF Award Winner for "Outstanding Chef", José Andrés
Spicy Northern Thai Sausage from Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas
An unusual but delicious dessert, Egg-Ceptional Virtual Eggs (think Cadbury Easter Eggs) created by another JBF Award Winner, Michel Richard
Now, to the after-parties:
The "unofficial" after-party invite to Boulud Sud and Epicerie Boulud
The party is just beginning at Boulud Sud. Notice the Vik Muniz art works, from his "Pictures of Pigment" series
Daniel shucking oysters and handing them to friends at his new oyster bar in Epicerie Boulud
Afterwards, the partying continued at ABC Kitchen, where we were first greeted outside by staff singing Queen's "We are the Champions"
ABC Kitchen won for "Best New Restaurant" and here are some very happy award winners
DJ getting the party started at Eleven Madison Park
Celebrating with champagne, beer, hot dogs and shrimp in the kitchen of Eleven Madison Park
Revelers danced on booths, tables and chairs to celebrate Eleven Madison Park's win for "Outstanding Restaurant" as well as "Outstanding Pastry Chef"
After a long, fun evening, Mortimer and Mauve have the right idea!