2 All the chefs posed for a team photo before the festivities began. See if you can spot Todd English, Elizabeth Karmel, Cindy Hutson, Michelle Bernstein, Mary Sue Miliken, Aaron Sanchez, John Besh...
3 Chef Emeril kicked off the party with Festival founder Lee Schrager.
4 Ordinary bartenders were no match for this acrobat. Of course, the service was a little slower at the chandelier...
5 Were chefs Todd English and Norman Van Aken swapping recipes?
6 He wasn't the best-dressed guy at the party, but he did have the most snacks.
7 I guess he was the best-dressed Guy at the party.
8 Pitmaster Chris Lilly and his team from Big Bob Gibson's BBQ got cooking at 5:30 am. When your pulled pork is that good, you don't need to sleep.
9 Neely's BBQ brought Memphis-style ribs for the crowd.
10 BBQ master Tony Neely (center) worked the table while brother Pat and sister-in-law Gina enjoyed a bite.
11 Chef Tim Love of Lonesome Dove Bistro made a stand out lamb BLT.
12 Chef Emeril was an amazing host. He didn't stop moving all night long, serving up Creole pulled pork sliders and posing for countless photos with fans.
13 Chef Missy Robbins from A Voce served lamb ribs with a spicy kick.
14 Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger from Border Grill never stopped assembling fish tacos.
15 They were GOOD fish tacos.
16 Chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique served wild salmon with a smile.
17 For dessert, there was "Emeril's Drunken Monkey" ice cream...
18 ...and an ice bar covered with parfaits.
If you're still not convinced, here's proof of a great party. One doesn't want to get too close to a man drinking from, and dancing with, a five-foot champagne flute, so just check him out in the background.