Shut Up, Foodies: Theme From Star Wars

Not to embarrass anyone but a Beard Foundation staffer just said, "Thankfully it was the rebel theme and not the Imperial Anthem."

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Carol Blymire: BIG NEWS from Grant Achatz

Grant Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas told me backstage that they have launched NextRestaurant.com; a cocktail lounge called Aviary is also on the way. Opening fall 2010.

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Apron Anxiety: Saved By a Foodie!

Lisa Ling might know a LOT about most things but not so much when it comes to chefs....She couldn't think of one single chef she was excited about!!! Her friend covered up for her by shouting "Daniel Bouloud!" Saved by a foodie!

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Shut Up, Foodies: Lidia and Wolfgang Puck are on the Stage

Lidia is my most favorite TV chef right now, after Bourdain. I'm only qualified to critique her outfit but I would certainly eat anything she made. I mean, we may be Shut Up, Foodies, but I'd never tell Lady Lidia to shut up. She looks fabulous by the way. Wolfgang looks...well, like a debonair classical musician. Take from that what you will. -Meatball

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Marcia “The Tablehopper” Gagliardi: Crocs

I don't even have to show what this gentleman's footwear is tonight.

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JBF Awards 2010: The Legacy Continues Opening Video

Learn about this year's James Beard Foundation awards theme, The Legacy Continues, from Foundation president Susan Ungaro.

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Shelley Lindgren

Shelley Lindgren looking ravishing. Like a fine falanghina.

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Carol Blymire: Thomas Keller is My Homeboy

I had a chance to stroll with the one, the only, Thomas Keller. My Internet godfather. I asked him who would win an arm wrestling contest between Mario Batali and Eric Ripert, and he said it depended on a ton of variables: the time of night, how much gin had been consumed, and a host of other things he wouldn't divulge. Then we got serious for a minute (no, we didn't) and I asked him if he could have one superhero power, what would it be? His answer? The ability to fly, of course. The last book he read was The Shack and the last movie he saw was Avatar.

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Apron Anxiety: Thomas Keller's Tips on Chefs and Their Love Lives

Thomas Keller: For a woman to work well with a chef, you have to have the ability to entertain yourself, or have lots of friends, or be in the business together, but that comes with its own issues. AA: Do I really need to learn to cook for Spike? Thomas Keller: Yes. It's nice to come home and have someone taking care of you for a change. We truly appreciate and love that. Though I know it's not easy to cook for us—we like to meddle in the kitchen, don't we? Laura got mad at me when I retied her chicken recently...

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: John Besh

The ever-charming John Besh is here, and cooked for the Beard Media Awards last night. He brought over 250 pounds of fish, and another 150 of crab for his dish. But here's the sobering thought (and what pained him to bring it): the dish he prepared (Redfish Courtbouillon with Brown Shrimp and Blue Crab Pearls) featured possibly the last bite of Gulf seafood for a while...

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