James Beard Foundation Chefs’ Night Out

The James Beard Foundation Chefs’ Night Out was the most magnificent food event that I have ever been to. CNO is an annual late-night party held the night before the JBF Awards Ceremony. This year’s venue, Todd English’s Plaza Food Hall in the Plaza Hotel, was extraordinary. It’s an enormous space with lots of food stations serving anything and everything you can think of. What a perfect spot — both visually stunning and extremely spacious. Since you’re walking around the entire time, it never felt too crowded. There was more food available to us than I’ve ever seen in one place — enough to feed a small country! The variety of cuisines and featured dishes was honestly overwhelming. With so many options, I didn’t know where to start, so I just ate it all (or at least I attempted to).  As if things weren’t already amazing enough, so many incredibly talented chefs were there, eating and mingling with the crowd. I’m not going to lie, I was totally starstruck! Chefs are my superheros! This event was truly a feast for all five senses. A million thanks to my foodie bestie, SaraDISH, for bringing me as her guest!

The Plaza Food Hall: 1 West 59th Street (at Fifth Avenue)

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Chefs’ Night Out!

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Luke’s Lobster: Marinated Shrimp Roll

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5J Cinco Jotas Iberico de Bellota Carving Station

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Foie Gras & Fig Jam

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Maison du Chocolat: Dark Chocolate with Herbes de Provence

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Valrhona P125 Mudslide

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Leffe, Stella Artois, and Hoegaarden Beer Station

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No. 7 Sub: Short Rib Slider

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Lady M: Mille Crepe Cake

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Shrimp and Chicken-Ginger Dumplings

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Fried Oyster

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Pasta Trio: butternut squash tortelli, veal agnolotti, goat cheese ravioli

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The pasta station

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An endless line of assorted sliders

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Prosciutto pizza

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Susan Ungaro (President of James Beard Foundation) and Chef Elizabeth Falkner

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Inside the Plaza Food Hall (…and look — there’s Chef Michael White on the right!)

James Beard Foundation Chefs’ Night Out