Imbibe!, by David Wondrich (pictured), beat out two wine books to claim the award for best book in wine & spirits. Mixologists of the world rejoice!
I can hold my egg-topped scrapple or my martini or my iPhone, not all three.
(Also, damn but these people have some sharp elbows.)
I am thrilled that Gramercy won. Well of course I’m thrilled for all the winners. But Mike Anthony and I go way back. It was maybe 15 years ago. Yes am still old lady at the party.
We were both working as line cooks at a one Michelin star place in Paris called Le Toit de Passy. Young Americans in Paris. No money and working hard, six days a week. I recall his French was better than mine. And here we are. We clean up nice no?
My first bit of real sustenance was lamb garlic sausage from the Prairie Grass Café. The second was my beloved fried squash blossoms. My third was pork belly. The blessed fourth? A pomegranate martini.
And you will see none of it because live blogging killed my iPhone.
Q: How is it cooking after the win? More or less pressure?
Eric Ziebold – Much less. Because there was tension and anxiety. Now its over and we can go back to normal.
The soft shell crabs fried to order sure taste like victory.
Outstanding Service: Terra, St. Helena, CA, Owners: Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, Tartine Bakery, San Francisco
Lifetime Achievement: Fritz Maytag
Best New Restaurant: Central Michel Richard, Washington, D.C., Chef/Owner: Michel Richard
Outstanding Restaurateur: Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, NYC
Outstanding Restaurant: Gramercy Tavern, NYC, Owner: Danny Meyer
Outstanding Chef: Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago (pictured)
Asian Cooking: My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking, by Niloufer Ichaporia King
Photography: The Country Cooking of France, Photographer France Ruffenach
Single Subject: The River Cottage Meat Book, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Writing on Food: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingslover
Entertaining: Dish Entertains, by Trish Magwood
Cookbook of the Year: The River Cottage Meat Book, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Outstanding Restaurant Design: Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, Designer: Tadao Ando, Project: Morimoto (NYC)
Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: Robert Louey Design, Designers: Robert Louey and Claudia Pandji, Project: Sepia (Chicago)
Bagaduce Lunch, Brooksville, ME (Owner: Judy Astbury)
Irma’s Restaurant, Houston, TX (Owner: Irma Glavan)
Jumbo’s, Miami, FL (Owner: Bobby Flam)
Maneki, Seattle, WA (Owner: Jean Nakayama)
Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap, Chicago (Owner: Joseph DiBuono)
That’s it for the ceremony. Now, the party!