The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are an annual celebration of talent in Austin and San Antonio's restaurant and bar community, as selected by their peers. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the city's restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

In February and March, we'll feature all the nominees in a special editorial series. Then join us on April 10 at The Bullock Texas State History Museum for a swanky tasting event and awards ceremony, emceed by Taylor Ellison, where we'll celebrate the nominees and unveil the winners. Join us to mix and mingle with the city's top culinary talent and fellow foodies.

CHECK OUT SCENES FROM LAST YEAR'S PARTY

EVENT DETAILS

When
Wednesday, April 10
6-10 pm

6 pm: VIP Admission
7 pm: General Admission

Where
The Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Ave.

Tickets
VIP Admission includes early admission (6 pm) for the first tasting of bites by nominated restaurants, valet, a dedicated VIP bar, and an elevated food pairing experience.

Advanced // Now - April 9 at 11:59 pm // $105Day Of // April 10 // $115
General admission includes bites by nominated restaurants and premium beverages.

Advanced // Now - April 9 at 11:59 pm // $60Day Of // April 10 // $70
A portion of the ticket proceeds benefit Austin Food and Wine Alliance.

Questions
Contact Ashley Giroir at ashley@culturemap.com.

Alcohol handled by third party. Must be 21 to attend.
Sorry, no refunds.

PARTICIPANTS

ASADOR
Favorite Taco Nominee

BAKERY LORRAINE
Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee- Jeremy Mandrell & Anne Ng

CICLO & LIVE OAK
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee - Abril Galindo

DEAN'S ONE TRICK PONY
Best New Restaurant Nominee

DISCADA
Best New Restaurant Nominee
Favorite Taco Nominee

DISTRICT KITCHEN + COCKTAILS
Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Nominee

FAIRMONT & GARRISON
Best New Restaurant Nominee
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee - Atticus Garant
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee - Jason Purcell

FOREIGN & DOMESTIC
Chef of the Year Nominee - Sarah Heard & Nathan Lemley
Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Nominee

JERK SHACK
Best New Restaurant Nominee, San Antonio

JUNIPER
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee - Amanda Turner

KEMURI TATSU-YA
Chef of the Year Nominee - Tatsu Aikawa/Takuya Matsumoto

LE POLITIQUE
Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee - Melissa Carroll

LORO
Best New Restaurant Nominee

MALIBU POKE
Best New Restaurant Nominee

OTOKO
Chef of the Year Nominee - Yoshi Okai

PITCHFORK PRETTY
Restaurant of the Year Nominee
Chef of the Year Nominee - Max Snyder

RANGE
Chef of the Year Nominee- Jason Dady, San Antonio

ROSEMARY'S CATERING
Sweet Suite

ROSEWOOD
Best New Restaurant Nominee

SHE'S NOT HERE
Best New Restaurant Nominee

SOUTHERLEIGH FINE FOOD & BREWERY
Restaurant of the Year Nominee, San Antonio

SUGARFINA
Sweet Suite

SUPERSEED WELL
Sweet Suite

TACO DELI
Favorite Taco Nominee

THE BREWER'S TABLE
Restaurant of the Year Nominee
Chef of the Year Nominee - Zach Hunter

THE SWITCH
Best New Restaurant Nominee

THOROUGHBREAD
Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee - Ryan Goebel

VAQUERO TAQUERO
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee - Daniel & Miguel Cobos

NOMINEES

Restaurant of the Year
Dee Dee
Holy Roller
LeRoy & Lewis
Olamaie
Otherside Deli
Pitchfork Pretty
Suerte
The Brewer's Table

Chef of the Year
Callie Speer - Holy Roller
Evan LeRoy - LeRoy & Lewis
Fermin Nunez - Suerte
Fiore Tedesco - L'oca d'Oro
Max Snyder - Pitchfork Pretty
Michael Fojtasek - Olamaie
Sarah Heard + Nathan Lemley - Foreign & Domestic
Tatsu Aikawa/Takuya Matsumoto - Kemuri Tatsu-Ya
Yoshi Okai - Otoko
Zach Hunter - The Brewer's Table

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Abril Galindo - Ciclo + Live Oak
Amanda Turner - Juniper
Atticus Garant - Fairmont
Daniel & Miguel Cobos - Vaquero Taquero
Jason Purcell - Garrison
Lakana Trubiana - Dee Dee
Rich Reimbolt - Better Half

Pastry Chef of the Year
Alex Manley - McGuire Moorman Hospitality
Amanda Rockman - New Waterloo
Lindsay O’Rourk - Better Half
Jeremy Mandrell & Anne Ng - Bakery Lorraine
Jessica Maher - Lenoir
Laura Sawicki - Launderette
Melissa Carroll - Le Politique
Ryan Goebel - ThroughBread

Bar of the Year
Back Lot
Cavalier
Drink.Well
Garage
Last Straw
Midnight Cowboy
Roosevelt Room
Small Victory
Whisler's

Bartender of the Year
Bjorn Taylor - The Eleanor
Brett Esler - Whisler's
Caer Ferguson - Roosevelt Room
Laura Maddox - Small Victory
Patrick Ruby - Nickel City
Ricky Cobia - Watertrade
Sarah Rahl - Four Seasons
Sharon Yeung - Roosevelt Room

Wine Program of the Year
Apt 115
Aviary Wine + Kitchen
Bufalina
Italic
June's All Day
Lenoir
Vino Vino
Winebelly

Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year
Better Half
District Kitchen + Cocktails
Pool Burger
Foreign & Domestic
Hopfields
June's All Day
Justine's
Launderette
Little Deli

Best New Restaurant
40 North
Better Half
Carpenters Hall
Otherside Deli
Deans One Trick Pony
Discada
Garrison
Joanns Fine Food
Lin Asian Bar
Loro
Malibu Poke
Republic Diner
Rosewood
She's Not Here
Sour Duck Market
The Switch

Brewery of the Year
ABGB
Austin Beerworks
Hi Sign Brewing
Hops & Grain
Jester King
Oddwood Ales
Pinthouse Pizza
The Brewers Table
Vista Brewing

Favorite Taco
Asador
Dai Due Taqueria
Discada
Rosita's Al Pastro
Suerte
Tacodeli
Tamale House East
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
Vaquero Taquero
Veracruz All Natural

SAN ANTONIO NOMINEES

Restaurant of the Year
2M Smokehouse
Carnitas Lonja
Cured
Mixtli
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
Supper
The Cookhouse

Chef of the Year
Alex Paredes - Carnitas Lonja
Andrew Weissman - Signature
Brooke Smith - Esquire Tavern
Diego Galicia & Rico Torres - Mixtli
Jason Dady - Range
Jeff Balfour - Southerleigh
John Brand - Supper
Steve McHugh - Cured

Bar of the Year
Lonesome Rose
Lowcountry
Sternewirth
Still Golden Social House
The Brooklynite
The Esquire
The Modernist

Best New Restaurant
Clementine
Dos Quality & Flavor
Jerk Shack
Kuriya
Maverick Brasserie
Meadow
Nonna Osteria
Singhs Vietnamese

Favorite Taco
Carnitas Lonja
Cascabel Mexican Patio
El Milagrito
Garcia's Mexican Food
Pollos Asados Los Nortenos
Tacos El Regio
Taquitos West Ave

JUDGES

BRANDON WATSON
Food Editor, CultureMap Austin + CultureMap San Antonio

ERIN ASHFORD
Bar Manager, Olamaie
*2018 Bartender of the Year Winner

GIOVAN CUCHAPIN
Owner, Be More Pacific
*2018 Best New Restaurant Winner, Austin

KATIE FRIEL
Editor, CultureMap Austin + CultureMap San Antonio

KEVIN FINK
Owner/Executive Chef, Emmer & Rye
*2018 Chef of the Year Winner

MARIAM PARKER
Executive Director, Austin Food & Wine Alliance

PIETER SYPESTEYN
Owner and Executive Chef, Cookhouse
*2018 Chef of the Year Winner, San Antonio

TAVEL BRISTOL-JOSEPH
Pastry Chef/Partner, Emmer & Rye
*2018 Pastry Chef of the Year Winner

JENNIFER DOBBERTIN
Owner, Tenko Ramen
*2018 Best New Restaurant Winner, San Antonio

ZACH HUNTER
Executive Chef, The Brewer's Table
*2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year Winner

PARTNERS

WOODFORD RESERVE

The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. The perfectly balanced taste of our Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of more than 200 detectable flavor notes.

DEEP ELLUM BREWING COMPANY

To show their dissatisfaction with the status quo, the four founders of Deep Ellum Brewing Company have set up shop in Dallas' most nefarious neighborhood, and between their big personalities and their bigger beers, they plan to show Big D what it's been missing. Deep Ellum... it's not just our name, it's our home. We chose this place, this location, and this facility for a reason. It's loud, somewhat smelly, always fun, and it changes every day. Just like Deep Ellum.

KORBEL

KORBEL California Champagnes are the perfect complement to every celebration – big or small. From dry to sweet, there is a KORBEL for every moment, mood and taste.

SONOMA CUTRER

Sonoma-Cutrer's award-winning wines are derived from a passion for artisanal excellence and authentic experiences that enhance the quality of everyday life. Taste the passion, share the discovery.

TOPO CHICO

Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water has been bottled at source in Monterrey, Mexico, since 1895. Refreshing and versatile, it satisfies your thirst or serves as a perfect mixer.

ACQUA PANNA

Acqua Panna water is proud of a long history. Its birthplace, Panna estate in Tuscany, dates as far back as the Renaissance period to the glorious days of The Medici Family. This prominent Tuscan family, patron of arts and culture, used to spend their holidays at Panna estate in the beautiful Tuscan land, enjoying local specialties and drinking water from the source.

ADDITIONAL PARTNERS
Atomic PicnicMoontower RentalsEpic Event DesignAmerican Color LabsDJ La MoonThe Landliners

BENEFICIARY

AUSTIN FOOD & WINE ALLIANCE

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary-and-community-minded professionals, the Alliance’s commitment is to promote Texas food, wine, spirits and craft brews and to increase appreciation of Texas’ culinary impact.