Summer is in full swing, and that means it's time to escape to the Hamptons for the James Beard Foundation's annual tasting celebration, Chefs & Champagne. Star chefs for NYC, long island, and other more exotic locations gathered together last Saturday to create some of the best bites that summertime has to offer.
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Over on Twitter the James Beard Foundation just released their nominees for the 2012 James Beard Awards. Here are the New York contenders in the national categories and New York categories.
If you can't score a seat at the James Beard House, here's your chance. Sorta. The Beard foundation just launched a pop-up restaurant/lounge deal yesterday in Chelsea Market at the Ninth Avenue entrance (in the old 202 space between 15th and 16th Streets). Until May 14, you can book reservations for special dinners with visiting chefs like Laurent Gras and the dudes from Animal in Los Angeles, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo.
This year I watched the entire James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony from the ridiculously crowded and cramped press room, located in the bowels of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan. We all watched the video monitors as the awards unfolded, and when our personal favorites won, started yelling at the screen, the way longtime offtrack betting habitues yell when a race is on.