Following friends who eat out a lot on Instagram and Twitter is one way to stay on top of the food scene, but why not go straight to the source? Chefs are just as likely to wield smartphones as Japanese knives these days, and they often bring you behind the scenes at their restaurants, tweeting brand-new specials, off-the-menu creations, and experimental dishes in the works.

This week was something of a party time for chefs and restaurants. There were the James Beard Awards, “Cinco de Drinko,” the Derby, and even a blowout brunch bash for Daniel Boulud’s 20-year anniversary in New York. Thankfully, the Boulud team treated us to a few party pics, while chefs like Chris Cosentino and Andrew Carmellini laid out some impressive spring-time spreads. Click through the gallery above for your almost-weekend Internet feast. You’ve earned it.