5/07/2012 10:52:00 AM

Chefs' Night Out 2012: Chefs Get Sauced Before the Beards


The annual night-before kickoff party to the James Beard Awards, Chefs' Night Out, went down last night at Chelsea Market, bringing together chefs, food industry insiders, James Beard Foundation bigwigs and food TV glitterati. Campari was the main sponsor of the event so natch you could barely walk three feet in the place without a Campari girl handing you a fresh negroni (our kind of party!). Amid the madding crowds we were able to spy the following notables: Thomas Keller, Curtis Stone, Cesare Casella, Sarah Grueneberg and Paul Qui of Top Chef Texas, Joe Bastianich, Ted Allen, Pichet Ong, Geoffrey Zakarian, Pat LaFrieda, Alex Guarnaschelli, John Besh, Hugh Acheson, Chris Cosentino, Andrew Zimmern and even former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. But here were the top three things that really stuck out at us:

1. Maybe we're behind the beat on this one, but Curtis Stone is married to that chick from 90210?! Who knew?

2. It's not a party until Cesare Casella shows up.

3. Chelsea Market is almost too big of a venue, whatever end of the hallway you were in, you always felt like you were missing something down at the other end. (Perhaps they designed it this way.)

Check out our photo slideshow above to scope out the action from last night's festivities.

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