ABOUT

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

This year, the event is going virtual for the first time ever. Get to know all of the nominees in our special editorial series, then, tune in on July 23 for the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards — Virtual Edition, where we'll celebrate the nominees and unveil the winners.

Your ticket brings the exclusive Tastemakers experience right to your home, complete with bites from featured nominees, complimentary premium beverages, swag, and more.

DETAILS

WHEN
July 23, 2020
7 pm

TICKETS

All Ticket holders will receive a Tastemaker Awards Tasting Tote which includes:
Savory and sweet bites by nomineesComplimentary premium beverage kits and recipesGifts from sponsors, nominees, and past winnersAccess to interactive games and opportunities to win prizes during the awards show, streamed on CultureMap
VIP Tickets
Totes will include elevated food and beverage pairings and will be delivered directly to your door (Delivery is limited to the Austin area. Please visit our ticketing page for the delivery zone.)
Early Bird Tickets: SOLD OUTAdvanced Tickets: $105 (limited quantity)Regular Ticket Price: $125
General Admission Tickets
Totes will be available at a Pickup Party on the day of the event (location TBA).
Early Bird Tickets: SOLD OUTAdvanced Tickets: $60 (limited quantity)Regular Ticket Price: $75
A portion of proceeds benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.

Questions
Contact Callie Adams at tastemakers@culturemap.com.

Alcohol handled by third party.
Must be 21+ to receive a Tasting Tote. Requires valid ID.
Sorry, no refunds.

PARTICIPANTS

ANNOUNCING SOON
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AUSTIN NOMINEES

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Bufalina
Comedor
DipDipDip Tatsuya
Nixta Taqueria
Suerte

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Gabe Erales + Philip Speer, Comedor
Sarah Heard & Nathan Lemley, Foreign & Domestic
Kristen Kish, Arlo Grey
Evan LeRoy, LeRoy and Lewis
Fermin Nunez, Suerte
Rich Reimbolt, Better Half

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
Jo Chan, Eberly
Jakub Czyszczon, Garrison
Mike Diaz, Oseyo
Alexa Mejia, Barley Swine
Janie Ramirez, Dai Due
Edgar Ulysses Rico, Nixta

PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR
Alex Manley and Jennifer Tucker, Swedish Hill/MMH
Sarah Listrom, Vixen's Wedding, Lefty's Brick Bar, Gin Bar
Amanda Rockman, New Waterloo
Aaron Seriff-Cullick, Paper Route
Jules Stoddart, Olamaie

BAR OF THE YEAR
Coconut Club
Garage
Half Step
Kinda Tropical
Small Victory

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
Ricky Cobia, Watertrade
Laura Maddox, Small Victory
Terance Robson, Here Nor There
Robert Bjorn Taylor, Vixen's Wedding, Lefty's Brick Bar, Gin Bar
Sharon Yeung, Roosevelt Room

WINE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Aviary
Bufalina
Emmer and Rye
Jeffrey's
Lenoir

NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Enoteca Vespaio
Foreign & Domestic
Launderette
Patrizi's
Tomodachi Sushi

BEST QUESO
El Alma
Eldorado Cafe
Kerbey Lane
Magnolia Cafe
Matt's El Rancho
Tamale House
Torchy's
Valentinas Tex Mex BBQ

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Chispas
Cuantos Tacos
Hestia
Interstellar BBQ
Julie Myrtille Bakery
La Tunita 512
The Meteor
Oseyo
Peacock
Rebel Cheese
Spread & Co
Sugar Pine
Swedish Hill
Taco Bronco
Vixen's Wedding
Uroko

BREWERY OF THE YEAR
Austin Beerworks
The Brewer's Table
Central Machine Works
Independence
Jester King

SAN ANTONIO NOMINEES

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Carnitas Lonja
Jerk Shack
Meadow
Ming's Thing
Rebelle
Singhs

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Jason Dady, Range
PJ Edwards, Meadow
Esaul Ramos, 2M Smokehouse
Louis Singh, Singhs
Ming Qiang, Ming's Thing

BAR OF THE YEAR
1919
Jet Setter
Little Death
Cherrity Bar
Pastiche

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
The Magpie
Tlahco Mexican Kitchen
Mr Juicy Burgers
Carnitas Don Raul
Swine House Bodega
225 Urban Smoke
Alamo Biscuit Co.
Fish Lonja

BEST QUESO
Chela's Tacos
Francis Bogside
Mi Ranchito
Tito's Mexican Restaurant
Tlahco Mexican Kitchen

AUSTIN JUDGES

MICHAEL FOJTASEK
Chef, Olamaie

2019 Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year Winner, Austin

AMANDA TURNER
Chef de cuisine, Jester King

2019 Rising Star Chef of the Year Winner, Austin

RICH REIMBOLT
Chef, Better Half Coffee

2019 Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Winner, Austin

XOSE VELASCO
Chef, Discada

2019 Best New Restaurant Winner, Austin

LAURA SAWICKI
Pastry Chef, Launderette

2019 Pastry Chef of the Year Winner, Austin

CAER MAIKO
The Roosevelt Room

2019 Bar of the Year, Bartender of the Year Winner, Austin

KAREN KILLOUGH
Co-founder, Vista Brewing

2019 Brewery of the Year Winner, Austin

PATRICK OLDS
Assistant Wine Director, June’s All Day

2019 Wine Program of the Year Winner, Austin

DANIEL COBOS
Chef/owner, Vaquero Taquero

2019 Favorite Taco Winner, Austin

MIGUEL COBOS
Chef/owner, Vaquero Taquero

2019 Favorite Taco Winner, Austin

KATIE FRIEL
Editor, CultureMap Austin + San Antonio

MARIAM PARKER
Executive Director, Austin Food & Wine Alliance

SAN ANTONIO JUDGES

PIETER SYPESTEYN
Executive Chef/owner, The Cookhouse

2019 Restaurant of the Year Winner, San Antonio

DIEGO GALICIA & RICO TORRES
Chefs/owners, Mixtli

2019 Chef of the Year Winner, San Antonio

LATTOIA MASSEY
Chef, The Jerk Shack

2019 Best New Restaurant Winner, San Antonio

ALEX PAREDES
Chef/owner, Carnitas Lonja

2019 Favorite Taco Winner, San Antonio

KATIE FRIEL
Editor, CultureMap Austin + San Antonio

MARIAM PARKER
Executive Director, Austin Food & Wine Alliance

PARTNERS

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY • AUSTIN, TX

In 2002, in the funky little town of Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues shattered craft beer convention by stuffing its voluminously hopped mutha of a brew, Dale’s Pale Ale, into a portable, crushable, infinitely recyclable can. Craft beer in a can stays fresher for longer, and it’s easy to pack in (and pack out) on any soul-saving adventure. They now operate breweries in Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas to provide craft beer in a can to all 50 states (Washington, D.C. included) and 17 other countries.

DRIPPING SPRINGS VODKA

Handcrafted in the Texas Hill Country, Dripping Springs Vodka is lush and balanced, with a smooth finish. Each small, 50-gallon batch is micro-distilled 20 times in copper pot stills, then mixed with pure, artesian spring water before a final clarifying slow filtration through Swedish activated charcoal. Dripping Springs is the only American vodka in 50 years to have won the Vodka Purity Trophy at the IWSC, which is the world’s largest and most prestigious liquor and wine competition. Taste the small batch difference with Dripping Springs Vodka, which is naturally gluten-free, certified kosher, and made without compromise.

https://www.grandesvinos.com/en/

GRANDES VINOS

Cariñena is home to more old-vine Garnacha than any other wine region in Spain. It is the birthplace of the great Garnacha variety and home to many others. Grandes Vinos, one of the most prominent wineries in the region, has the distinction of working with vineyards in each of the 14 growing areas of D.O.P. Cariñena. The result is a range of wines that perfectly complement the spirit of creativity and innovation.

TOPO CHICO

Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water is celebrating it's 125th Anniversary in 2020. Topo Chico has been bottled and sourced from Monterrey, Mexico since 1895. Refreshing and versatile, it satisfies your thirst or serves as the perfect mixer.

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.