Eat Out Awards: live blog TONIGHT!!!

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Readers, food lovers, gourmets, gourmands—tonight Time Out New York is holding its annual Eat Out Awards, where we confer upon the city's culinary luminaries our recognition of their excellence in the past year. Now, if New York had a classy, intimate 2-million-seat venue that didn't cost too much to rent, we would hold our awards there and hand them out town-hall-style, with all of you in attendance. After all, many of you voted to decide such prestige categories as best new restaurant, best new chef and best burger.

Since universal attendance is not feasible, we are doing the next-best thing. I am selflessly forgoing my chance to attack the open bar and make inappropriate advances on coworkers to bring you a LIVE BLOG from the festivities. I am not a food writer, but I do eat every day (sometimes even exotic things like sweetbreads), I've watched Joan and Melissa on the red carpet, and I've seen several installments of the MTV Video Music Awards. In short, I am well qualified to bring you all the highlights, the drama, the backstage gossip and the awards themselves.

Join me at 7:30 for a wrap-up of the pre-awards cocktail party. Then I'll be posting roughly every half hour. I wish I could tell you what to expect, but it's my first time, too. Let's enjoy it all together.

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