A Night of Food and Feting: The 2008 James Beard Awards

<p>Co-Host for the evening, Kim Catrall and Top Chef's Ted Allen</p>

<p>Cesare Casella and Drew Nieporent</p>

<p>Jose Andres and Dan Barber</p>

<p>Wylie Dufresne and Dave Chang</p>

<p>Terrance Brennan and his team</p>

<p>Joe Bastianich and his wife</p>

<p>The Bastianich clan</p>

<p>Jaques Pepin</p>

<p>TLC's Take Home Chef Curtis Stone</p>

<p>Johnny Iuzzini</p>

<p>Tom Colicchio and his wife</p>

<p>Julian Nicollini, Owner Four Seasons</p>

<p>James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro and Katie Lee Joel</p>

<p>Gavin Kaysen shows off his Rising Star award</p>

<p>David Chang with his Best Chef New York award toasting with Lidia Bastianich</p>

<p>Humanitarian Award Winner Frances Moore Lappe</p>

<p>rules are made to be broken</p>

<p>Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani</p>

<p>Mmm . . . tasty Beard Award</p>

<p>Lifetime Achievement award winner Fritz Maytag and Thomas Keller</p>

<p>Joe Bastianich savoring his Best Restaurateur Award</p>

<p>Danny Meyer enjoying his award for Outstanding Restaurant</p>

<p>Outstanding Chef winner, Grant Achatz</p>

<p>the crowd at the Gala</p>

<p>Peter Hoffman's rabbit roulade with fava bean and mint puree with olives</p>

<p>Nancy Silverton's burrata with leek vinaigrette and mustard bread crumbs</p>

Michel Nischan's pasture-raised beef meat loaf with mashed carola potatoes and caramelized onion gravy

<p>Bill Telepan's scrapple with poached egg and sweet pork sauce</p>

<p>Chez Panisse's spring berry sherbet</p>

<p>Atlanta's Scott Peacock serving a buttermilk biscuit with sweet butter, country ham and homemade Georgia strawberry preserves</p>

<p>Josh Galliano serving braised pork belly with pickled peach salad, molasses-glazed scarlet turnips and peach butter</p>

<p>Terrance Brennan enjoying a dish from Butter</p>

<p>magnums of champagne on parade at P.J. Clarke's -- Pommery Champagne of France rolled out a new Cuvee just for the occasion</p>

<p>Star Chefs editor Will Blunt and former Top Chef Contestant Marcel Vigneron </p>

<p>Take Home Chef Curtis Stone enjoying the party</p>