Last night I attended The James Beard Awards 2010 ceremony at Lincoln Center. James Beard was famous for initiating many things in the foodie world. Another was his huge bowtie collection.
This incredible "soup" (yet to be poured) was the taste of the evening in my humble opinion. Made by super chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley's, Cave Creek AZ. You stirred the tiny spoonful of scallops into a leek soup of bacon, sun-dried tomato and mini oyster cracker. Words cannot describe the ecstacy.
From restaurant Daniel chef Jean Francois Bruel created this melange of...mon dieu - Black cod confit,fennel salad, artichokes bla bla
D'Artagnans' French kisses - Armanac-soaked prunes filled with foie gras. I hope you haven't passed out yet.
Mini-pastramied duck sandwiches from LA Spago...miam-miam
Best New York restaurant award winner, Eleven Madison Park sous chef James Kent, who by the way will be representing the US at the 2011 January Bocuse D'or in Lyon.
Served this stunningly clever tiny caviar tin of Scottish salmon tartare and smoked mousse with Yuzu and trout roe.
An irresistable dessert of butterscotch budino(?) with sea salt, caramel sauce and a rosemary pine nut cookie from pastry chef Dahila Narvaez of Mozzo, LA. Major MIAM! A last treat but never least from JBF award winner Michelle Bernstein of chocolate-caramel crackle. I imagined I would save these for tomorrow. Quelle idiot! They were gone in a flash.
Champagne of course from many houses.
I wore my red Repettos of course.
This stunner of a black and white outfit with tiny corset took moxie to wear at this major grazing event of the year worn by Josie Lemon of Chicago Spiaggia.
Why didn't I get one in time?
They were everywhere.
I was sleuthing around with onion marmelade expert, SaraBeth, who pointed out this French Girl to me. How did she know? Was it her je ne sais quoi?
I bumped into New York restranteur par excellance Drew Nieporant. I once made a portrait business card for Drew including the everpresent cigar.
Mario said to me, "Are you taking pictures or getting us some champagne?" I did both.
Do you know Dorie Greenspan? She helped Pierre Herme with the English version of his dessert cookbook, wrote Paris Sweets, Baking with Julia Child and, and and... Dorie is alway dressed in the most extraordinary outfits, like this Issey Miyake pleated thing and gorgeous French necklace. Are you wondering what I wore to this gala black tie event? A painted chefs jacket that's what.