The plates have been cleared and our guests have long gone, but the happy feelings and excited energy of Thursday night’s Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner are still going strong. Our all-star culinary team really outdid themselves this year, and Azurea Restaurant was alive with the tantalizing scent of five delicious courses accompanied by the clinking of tantalizing wine-filled glasses and the excited energy around all of the culinary excellence in one place.
The proceeds from the second annual Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner will contribute to national and local scholarships for culinary education in the name of Azurea Restaurant and to the general operating fund of New York City’s famed James Beard House.
The James Beard House enables the foundation to maintain the historic home as a performance space for chefs and to administer educational programs.
We are already looking forward to next year’s event. The planning process has begun to make the benefit dinner even more exciting for 2013.