Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz, sharing a laugh with guest Alexandra Rose.
Editorial director Colman Andrews, left, and chef Brian Johnson enjoy a cocktail as they wait for guests to file in.
A delicious and refreshing way to kick off the evening, the drink contained Scotch, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, lavender honey, ice, and a lavender sprig for garnish.
Chef Cardoz (left) with Jackie Stone, senior vice president of marketing at The Daily Meal, and Kevin Richer, general manager of The North End Grill.
Chef Cardoz prepping the oven just right for the banana leaf-wrapped skate.
Spiced fried chickpeas.
The Daily Meal board with chef Cardoz's menu for the night.
JP Kyrillos, president of The Daily Meal, and Nancy Mendelson of NEM Global LLC.
Ryan Particelli (left) of The Daily Meal with (from left to right) guest Alexandra Rose, and Tricia Zhong and Zavier Catoe of R/GA.
From left to right, Adam Klareich, Crystal Bert, and Shari Mills of OMD with chef Cardoz.
Chena Dedarian of Bank of America with Alan Watts of Men Who Dine.
Drew McGowan of The Clorox Company (left) with JP Kyrillos and chef Cardoz.
Editorial director Colman Andrews (center) introduces the chef and reminisces about Cardoz's first restaurant in New York City, Tabla.
President of The Daily Meal, JP Kyrillos (right), praises Cardoz for his work.
Black pepper shrimp being prepared and seasoned during the chef's demonstration.
Kevin Richer, general manager of North End Grill, preparing the black pepper shrimp and watermelon dish for guests to taste.
Instagramming chef Cardoz's unique seafood dish, filters and all.
A spicy and refreshing sweet-savory combination of black pepper shrimp with watermelon.
Chef Cardoz's speciality heirloom cucumber and radishes with Chobani yogurt salad.
Chef Cardoz explains the process of cooking the skate as guests look onward, eager to taste it.
Chef Cardoz wraps skate in a banana leaf, which he described as giving the fish "an incredible and different smoky flavor."
Skate wrapped in banana leaf is placed in the KitchenAid oven for the final cooking step.
Chef Cardoz's banana leaf-wrapped skate ready to eat.
From left to right, Sunny Kho, Alexandra Rose, chef Cardoz, Tricia Zhong, and Zavier Catoe of McCormicks.
From left to right, Geoff Judge of iNovia Capital, Jim Spanfeller of The Daily Meal, and Keri Ingvarsson of The King Collective and guest.
From left to right, guests Jessica Alter and Stephanie Grabbe of Sharp Communications with chef Cardoz.
Russell Pulkys of The Daily Meal and Kaitlynn Mannino of GroupM.
Chef Cardoz with executive editor Arthur Bovino.