Gallery: Scenes from the James Beard Foundation's Chefs & Champagne

Central Michel Richard, Washington DC
Central Michel Richard, Washington DC

The aptly named "Eggceptional Dessert" from chef Michel Richard is an eye-catching piece of custard-filled white chocolate. Keep an eye out, he will be opening a restaurant in New York this fall.

Aldea, NYC
Aldea, NYC

Charcol-grilled quail with sweet pickled figs from NYC's Aldea.

Aldea, NYC
Aldea, NYC

Aldea chef George Mendes tending his quail.

Craft and Craftbar, NYC
Craft and Craftbar, NYC

Pastry chef Abby Swain of Craft and Craftbar made some incredible cornmeal cakes with strawberries.

David Burke Kitchen, NYC
David Burke Kitchen, NYC

This delightful dessert is an Arnold Palmer mousse topped with Meyer lemon granita.

Fond, Gothenburg, Sweden
Fond, Gothenburg, Sweden

All the way from Sweden, Chef Stefan Karlsson's salmon tartare is easily some of the best I've had.

Fond, Gothenburg, Sweden
Fond, Gothenburg, Sweden

The tartare is accompanied by potato cream, an onion emulsion, crispy cheese and potatoes, and Kalix caviar.

The Harrison, NYC
The Harrison, NYC

This tomato-almond gazpacho with corn and cured sardines is second to none. I nearly licked the bowl clean.

North End Grill, NYC
North End Grill, NYC

A refreshing salad of pea tendrils with peanuts, sesame, and lime.

Tito's Handmade Vodka
Tito's Handmade Vodka

Champagne and wine were freely flowing, but if you cared for something a little harder, Tito's was serving "The Go-To": a vodka-based drink with elderflower liqueur, ginger beer, and lime.

Madison & Main, Sag Harbor
Madison & Main, Sag Harbor

Grilled pearl oysters from Sag Harbor's Madison & Main.

Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC
Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC

Big Gay Ice Cream was serving cups of frozen happiness.

Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC
Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC

Work it, baby.

Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC
Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC

In lieu of soft serve, Big Gay made a special vanilla ice cream drizzled with bourbon butterscotch sauce, and a cardamom ice cream with cacao nibs topped with strawberry sauce.

Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC
Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC

Squirting bourbon goo all afternoon is hard work.

Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises

Chef John Suley from Celebrity Cruises made a chilled lobster salad with avocado, hearts of palm, and compressed pineapple.

Citarella and Fulton, NYC
Citarella and Fulton, NYC

A trio of desserts from Citarella: coconut pudding, walnut cake bites, and mango mousse.

Parish Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Parish Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Montauk sea scallops from Parish Hall's Evan Hanczor.

Mile End Delicatessen, Brooklyn, NY
Mile End Delicatessen, Brooklyn, NY

Mile End's James Merker made a smoked veal brisket with heirloom carrots, salsa verde, and best of all, chicken cracklings.

Morimoto, NYC
Morimoto, NYC

Iron Chef Moriomoto made a trio of tuna, including a tuna-stuffed french macaron.

Morimoto, NYC
Morimoto, NYC

Morimoto hungry!