Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Our 7 Favorite Bites from the Beards

[Photo: Carey Jones]

Last night's James Beard Foundation Awards were memorable for many reasons: the achievements of great chefs, the gathering of food world friends from all across the nation and beyond, and the crazy afterparties at half a dozen classy Manhattan restaurants. (More on those later.)

But in between the ceremony and Daniel Boulud dancing on tables at Eleven Madison Park, there was a phenomenal reception with dozens of seriously accomplished chefs serving up food that was, almost without exception, stunning. Here are our seven favorite bites, in the slideshow above.

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