On October 12, the magazine threw a party celebrating our annual Top 25 Restaurants  cover story. The event, called 5280 Dines, was held at the newly opened Le Grande Bistro & Oyster Bar  on Curtis Street. Guests gathered to mingle and taste dishes by six of the winning restaurants. Below, a few pictures to whet your appetite (more pics here ).
Simon Purvis, executive chef of Edge Restaurant and Bar plates blueberry-venison sausage with fall root vegetable hash, Brussels sprouts salad, and huckleberry sauce.
A platter of ChoLon’s “Banh Mi Bites” stacked with duck terrine, foie gras, chicken liver mousse, pickled vegetables, and tarragon-Chinese mustard aïoli.
Edge’s blueberry-venison sausage with fall root vegetable hash, Brussels sprouts salad, and huckleberry sauce awaits guests.
Le Grande, which hosted the event, created a knockout two-bite dish: a pickled oyster with star anise, butternut squash, and foie gras, and a small serving of seared salmon and melted leeks with pink peppercorn horseradish beurre blanc.
Le Grande’s bartenders shook, mixed, and poured drinks from the open bar.
Colt & Gray, which maintained its top 10 slot from the year before, served crispy pig trotters in homage to the restaurant’s nose-to-tail mantra.
Table 6’s pho duck dumplings with green onions, jalapeño, lime, and mint.
Barolo Grill served a classic vitello tonnato—chilled veal with Piedmontese tuna aïoli, microgreens, and roasted pepper–caper tapenade.
Mizuna, which ranked third this year, served a delicate frutti di mare before finishing party-goers off with fresh-fruit tartlets.
—Images courtesy of Lori Fisher Eyecatcher Photographs