Alright food nerds, it’s about the time: The James Beard Awards kick off at 6pm, and you can catch all the action from inside Avery Fisher Hall via the live-stream above. You might not have Joan Rivers or Ryan Seacrest to help you navigate the glitzy affair, but you can provide your own running commentary to anyone who will listen—just brush up on some background here and you’ll be good to go.

What else to know? 1) All the categories and nominees are listed here, so you know exactly what you’re holding your breath for. 2) Appropriate viewing snacks include nachos and anything else with cheese. 3) We’ll be covering the action live on Twitter and Instagram, so follow us for updates from the inside. Good luck to all the nominees—let’s go!