In between bubbly and air kisses, the food world's tastemakers were doing some serious tweeting at the 2013 James Beard Awards. From superstar chefs to one very confused Belieber, here are the best missives from this year’s awards. Relive the night in 20 tweets.
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The hip-hop heads over at First We Feast kick off the night with some Jay-Z.
Eatocracy big boss Kat Kinsman reveals John Besh's innuendo-laden slip.
If anyone has a flask at the #jbfa holler at me! Time to self medicate these jitters!— alex stupak (@alexstupak) May 6, 2013
Best New Restaurant nominee Alex Stupak (Empellón Cocina) puts out the call for some liquid comfort.
Food & Wine's Justin Chapple scores a little PDA with Andrew Zimmern.
New York Times cocktail guru Robert Simonson finds an untenable booze situation.
Every time I've tried to text del posto tonight it comes out del potato— raphael brion (@raphael_brion) May 7, 2013
Autocorrect plays a cruel joke on Eater's Raphael Brion.
Former Food & Drink editrix Jordana Rothman honors the supernatural elegance of Maguy Le Coze (Le Bernardin).
The age of the celebrity chef in context.
Best overheard line at #jbfa: Famous chef to random woman. "How was your night?" "Well, as a trophy girlfriend it was really good."— J.M. Hirsch (@JM_Hirsch) May 7, 2013
Chef arm candy keeps it real.
The food nerd prom one-ups Met fashion.
Food & Drink editor Mari Uyehara witnesses some heartwarming chef exchanges.
When tweens and food hashtags collide. Beliebit.
An actual, slightly physical, very verbal fight just broke out in line at Todd English's sushi station. #JBFA— The Braiser (@TheBraiser) May 7, 2013
Fight transcript: "Sir, can you be a gentleman & wait in line like everyone else?" | "Don't you fuckin' touch me." *cane jab* #JBFA— The Braiser (@TheBraiser) May 7, 2013
The tasting portion of the night gets real.
My primary #jbfa takeaway is that Oliver Platt is the best goddamn hugger I have ever been hugged by.— Helen Rosner (@hels) May 7, 2013
Saveur's Helen Rosner boils the night down to the essentials.
Chef Art Smith tops the postawards bashes with some ballsy (pun intended) party entertainment.
The fine-dining pros at Del Posto let their hair down.
I'm stuck in the elevator at the #jbfa after party....and we have no drinks.Send help and cocktails please.— Sabato Sagaria, MS (@Sabato3) May 7, 2013
An after-party starts to devolve.
Ok, people. Can we talk about @nappleman's cheeseburger last night? Because it was incredible and I can't stop talking about it.— Francis Lam (@Francis_Lam) May 7, 2013
Food writer extraordinaire Francis Lam weighs in on the night's top bite.
Krug hunter Belinda Chang owns up on diva-battle losses.
great night for so many amazingpeople. thank you all for a fantastic hangover! it was all a dream I used to read Word up magazine... #jbfa— Dave Chang (@davidchang) May 7, 2013
Culinary kingpin David Chang closes out hangover observations with a little Biggie.
Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
It may be sacrilege to say it, but it seems that the legendary 96 -year-old Grand Central Oyster Bar, located in the epic and gorgeous hub that shares its name, is running on fumes. The surly countermen at the mile-long bar (the best seat in the house) are part of the charm, but the fishy lobster roll, overly breaded fried clams and ketchup-tasting pan roast are not. Play it safe—and classic—with a reliably awe-inspiring platter of iced, just-shucked oysters (there can be a whopping three-dozen varieties to choose from at any given time, from Baja to Plymouth Rock) and enjoy the vaulted-ceiling view. As long as the station is abuzz and the oysters good—they are—the other food is really beside the point.
Venue says: “For over 100 years we have been serving the freshest oysters & seafood in NYC! Our Oyster Happy Hour features Bluepoint Oysters, $1.25/each”