Meredith Arthur: It may be late in the evening...

But it's never too late for Jean Georges to win for Outstanding Restaurant and Dan Barber to win for Outstanding Chef. Not too surprising overall. In fact no surprises. But well deserved success all around. Congrats to the winners. What a happy night for them all.

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Meredith Arthur: Such a treat...

To hear Nora Ephron talking about filmmaking. I'm laughing at the two-minute segment they shared and marvelling at how tall they made Meryl Streep seem. I will definitely be seeing this film.

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Meredith Arthur: The Flavor Bible

Just won for Reference and Scholarship. A plug for it: the book was a great idea and a whole new way to think about food in the sort of conceptual way chefs do. I have a feeling a lot more books will follow its lead soon.

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Meredith Arthur: Hines wins Best Chef: Northwest

I hadn't heard of Seattle-based chef Maria Hines, but she made a great entrance. She was out cooking for the event and came running in to accept her Best Chef: Northwest award in the nick of time. When she did make it to the stage she thanked her wife for allowing her to put a lien on the house to open the restaurant. It was adorable and showed how truly hardworking chefs really are.

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Meredith Arthur: This is my first Beard Awards

And I'm very impressed by the huge screen. Huge as in full-stage-Avery-Hall-giant. It means you can see every detail of the presenters. The room is highlighted in pink (theme is women, after all) and the spotlights are purple,casting the whole thing in a pastel glaze.  A delicious cotton candy presentation indeed.

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