I've never had octopus carpaccio until this night. Only now do I know what I've been missing! Thinly sliced octopus with an incredible olive oil. None of the chewy texture many people hate about octopus.
Also, Debbie Gold's cured bone marrow on mustard croutons with parsley and ramps---you know the taste of pork belly? Imagine that with the texture of an olive-oil grilled crouton. Add a quick shot of mustard.
Drew Nierporent, who won Outstanding Restaurateur, said as he thanked his presenters that he's gained 50 lbs with each restaurant. His speech: "I know you're hungry. Rocco behind me is eating his ear. Hold on a second, I'm twittering. Don't you hate that?!?" He said he knew he'd win because he stepped in dog shit last night. What?!?
A journalist drifted outside the media room to sneak a smoke outside. "Martha walks by and sort of hisses at me 'oooh smokers!' But if anybody is going to scold you it might as well be Martha."
Q: Which female food person are you most excited to see here?
A: I saw David Chang and...
Q: You know...
A: I know, I know. I'm more interested in the guys. Hmmmm...I heard Padma Lakshmi is ridiculously tall.
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.
But they've been setting up since this afternoon.
He's hosting this evening apparently because he plays Paul Child in the upcoming film Julie and Julia--he's brought a special sneak peek with him, he says. I'm looking forward to it since like everyone else I am enchanted by any story I can find of Julia and Paul's relationship. By the way, SF hometown boy Nate Appleman just won rising star of the year, first award of the night.
Barry Wine stops by to mention that he received the first award from none other then James Beard himself at one of the first Awards ceremony.
Editor's Note: James Beard died in 1985. The first Beard Awards was held in 1991. Wine is probably referring to his 1984 induction into the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
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.
Smiling stragglers Wiley Dufresne and Dave Chang are standing together saying something to the diminishing press line. There are some fans and I believe they are literally screaming. Or cooing. Seeing the two of them makes me think of their eponymous hot dogs at PDT. Hungry. How long till the gala?