Today is one of the most exciting days of the year in the food world, the James Beard Foundation Awards, live from New York City. Other highlights: Meatopia, Cochon 555 and other more meat-up-front events. But the JBFAs are definitely up there. In honor of our nomination for best new website (kidding — no such thing), here are Food Republic’s most decadent lunches. 

Amidst all the excitement, I find myself wrestling with a pretty serious internal conflict. I could really use some advice, as I tweeted this morning: “empty stomach to accommodate canapés or full stomach so I don’t black out before the show starts?”