A Daniel Boulud party isn’t like a normal party. For instance, at most parties there are chips and dip—maybe some wings and crudités if you’re lucky. At a Daniel Boulud party, there is a housemade charcuterie station with piglets hanging from ceiling; an enormous veal haunch carved to order; a la minute guacamole paired with tequila shots; a raw bar complete with a glistening ice sculpture; a seven-foot baked Alaska lit on fire in front of enough of glowing iPhones that you’d think Beyonce just walked in the door; and, just for good measure, some FWF signature cocktails.

Most parties have an iPod blasting Bangerz through a wonky sound system. At a Daniel Boulud party, the legendary Marky Ramone (yes, that Ramone) makes a cameo on drums with a live swing band, and then a DJ blasts “99 Problems” and Nirvana into the wee hours.

At most parties, there are selfies. At a Daniel Boulud party, there’s this:


You get the idea—Daniel Bould parties are awesome. And last night, the iconic French chef hosted a particularly epic bash to celebrate DBGB’s 5th anniversary, as well as the opening of a brand-new DBGB in Washington D.C. later this summer. DB’s food-industry pals—including Gail Simmons, Wylie Dufresne, Anita Lo, and Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin—came out in force to toast the man of the hour, and we were ready with a viking helmet-equipped photo booth to capture the behind-the-scenes action.

Click through the gallery above to see the best moments from the #DBGB5 photo booth.