Slideshow: Snapshots from the 2012 James Beard Award Gala

Outside The Awards
Outside The Awards
Winners Christina Tosi and Michael Anthony
Winners Christina Tosi and Michael Anthony
Two huge winners of the night. Christina won Rising Star Chef (a rare recognition for a pastry chef), while Michael took Best Chef New York.
Ed's Stocking Feet
Ed's Stocking Feet
The stress of close-toed shoes got to Ed about an hour in... so his shoes went under Jonathan Waxman's table to hang out for the evening. Ed was a visibly happier man afterward.
Seamus Mullen
Seamus Mullen
Chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, nominated for Best New Restaurant.
Danny Meyer, Audrey Meyer, and Ed
Danny Meyer, Audrey Meyer, and Ed
Danny Meyer was all smiles at the afterparty at his Gramercy Tavern.
Ken Friedman, April Bloomfield
Ken Friedman, April Bloomfield
April was nominated for Best Chef: New York this year.
Stephanie Izard
Stephanie Izard
Laura Cunningham, Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Phil Suarez
Laura Cunningham, Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Phil Suarez
The Spiaggia Crew
The Spiaggia Crew
Sarah Grueneberg, Tony Mantuano
Eleven Madison Park crew
Eleven Madison Park crew
Big winners tonight for Outstanding Restaurant (Eleven Madison Park)
Edward Lee, Paul Qui, and Dates
Edward Lee, Paul Qui, and Dates
Paul took home Best Chef: Southwest for his Uchiko in Austin.
Aarón Sanchez
Aarón Sanchez
Danny Bowien and Elizabeth Faulkner
Danny Bowien and Elizabeth Faulkner
Ed and Gail Simmons
Ed and Gail Simmons
Dan Barber, Wolfgang Puck, and dates
Dan Barber, Wolfgang Puck, and dates
Chris Cosentino
Chris Cosentino
Of San Francisco's Incanto and Boccalone. Like many chefs at the event, he was sporting a "Save the Foie" pin, in protest of California's upcoming ban on foie gras.
David Bouley, Todd English, and Daniel Boulud
David Bouley, Todd English, and Daniel Boulud
Cat Silirie
Cat Silirie
Cat won the award for Outstanding Wine Program for her work at No. 9 Park in Boston.
Tory Miller
Tory Miller
L'Etoile's Tory Miller was named Best Chef Midwest. "This is weird!" he told us outside the auditorium as he called family and friends. "My phone is blowing up right now!"
Tim Cushman
Tim Cushman
Winner for Best Chef: Northeast for his O Ya in Boston.
Michael Anthony Examines Caviar
Michael Anthony Examines Caviar
With a bit of urging, Best Chef New York winner Anthony did a shot of caviar off his newly minted medal.
John Kessler, Ed Levine, Carey Jones
John Kessler, Ed Levine, Carey Jones
Dungeness crab reuben
Dungeness crab reuben
The sandwich that everyone was in line for—a Dungeness crab reuben, from Portland chef Vitaly Paley.
Colin Lynch Plating
Colin Lynch Plating
Colin Lynch of Boston's Mentón plating ham aspic.
Bonus: Daniel Humm Dancing on Tables
Bonus: Daniel Humm Dancing on Tables
The Outstanding Chef himself also has pretty outstanding dance moves. There he is on the very right, shaking it at Eleven Madison Park. (We were busy shaking it ourselves on the dance floor while snapping this.) Note also the second guy taking a selfie, niiiiice.

[Photograph: Erin Zimmer]