Michael Anthony licked caviar off his shiny Beard medal in the press room. Tom Douglas wasn't at the ceremony when he won the Outstanding Restaurateur award; he was across the street drinking at Bar Boulud. Serious Eats overlord Ed Levine took off his shoes (and hid them under the Barbuto table) before 9pm. And, of course, the elegant Eleven Madison Park turned into a sloppy, beer-soaked mess sometime after midnight, with the champagne-spraying and table-dancing that have become an annual tradition. (Gramercy Tavern put in a respectable showing of its own, with shot-taking and Pitbull blasting over the speakers sometime around midnight.)
In other words, this year at the James Beard Award Gala was pretty much business as usual.
Check out our snapshots from the event, our chats with the award-winners, and more.