The envelopes have been unsealed, the winners have been toasted, and the hangovers have subsided. Next order of business: photo highlights from the fabulous 2015 James Beard Awards. Last week, we shared photos from our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards dinner, which took place at New York City's Pier Sixty, as well as our annual Chefs' Night Out bash at Chicago's Montgomery Club. Now we're giving you a peek at the grand fête of the season: our Beard Awards gala, held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where guests feasted on delectable dishes created just for the occasion by past JBF Award winners and culinary stars from around the country. See the mouthwatering photos here, and catch a glimpse of all your favorite chefs celebrating here.
Winners, presenters, and guests reveled with flowing Champagne.
Multiple JBF Award winner and culinary icon Daniel Boulud and Maisie Wilhelm, of the Dinex Group, celebrate at the gala.
Guests sampled the stunning and innovative Roast Chicken with Egg, Thyme, and Crispy Chicken Skin canapés, prepared by JBF Award winner Dave Beran of Chicago's acclaimed Next restaurant.