A Friends of James Beard Dinner in Our Own Backyard Last Night

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A tradition at The Westin Kierland, "Bagpipes at Sunset" closed the reception hour as guests headed to the dining room.

Deseo's open kitchen window displays not just food but the jokes and jibes of chefs enjoying the admiration of the crowd.

First on the dinner menu was Host Chef Todd Berry's Lobster Medallions served over a lychee and Fuji apple slaw with a vanilla phyllo round. The coconut syrup granita was a superb refreshing accompaniment. Wine pairing: Trefethen Harmony Chardonnay 2009.

No protesters here! Chef Ginor's plate of terrine of foie gras, duck prosciutto and mostada di cremona was perfectly restrained sensuality on a plate. The plate was enhanced by a tart pickled rhubarb and sweet rhubarb sauce. Paired with La Sirena Moscato Azul 2010.

A beauty of a Basque style stew was served by Chef Mezick. The pan roasted black cod with sable was surrounded by Castelvetrano olive and bell pepper quenelles in a light shell fish broth. Paired with EnRoute "Les Pommiers" Pinot Noir 2009.

Wrapped and roasted in caul fat, Chef Susur Lee's Rack of Lamb Thailandaise was plated with three colorful sauce additions -- green chili chutney, coconut milk and coriander, and tomato curry leaf mustard seed. The dish represented Lee's adept use of Thai, Indian and French flavors. Paired with La Sirena Pirate TreasuRed 2008.

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Carol Blonder