Austinians toast, taste and crown the best culinary talents at Tastemakers
On April 28, over 800 Austinites gathered with CultureMap for a night of celebrations, cocktails and delicious food at our 2022 Tastemaker Awards, hosted at Fair Market.
During an exclusive VIP hour, guests toasted the nominees and our nonprofit beneficiary, the Central Texas Food Bank, while sipping specialty drinks from Maestro Dobel Tequila and Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskey. .
When the doors officially opened, Austin foodies flooded the market, eager to sample the bites prepared by this year’s participating nominees and representing the city’s top culinary talents. The long list of stalls was understandably overwhelming, including Uncle Nicky’s famous pork meatballs, mango and chili ceviche from Trudy’s Del Mar, and Sour Duck’s aptly named “Mommy Packed Ya A Big Ol’ Sando Today! ” – a meat lover’s dream that necessitated a pit stop at Topo Chico for a sip of Texas’ favorite fizzy palate cleanser.
Some smart guests opted for dessert first, picking up sweet bites and handmade chocolates from Intero and pastries from Paper Route Bakery.
Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League resumed his role as emcee for the evening and revealed all of the deserving Tastemaker winners – see them all here.
Those who accepted their awards included Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria, Austin’s Chef of the Year; Luis Robledo of Cuantos Tacos, Restaurant of the Year; Cory Starr of Tiki-Tatsu-Ya, honored for both Bar of the Year and Bartender of the Year; the Wax Myrtle’s team, crowned Best New Restaurant in Austin; the team at the Pendante brewery, named the city’s brewery of the year.
The Tastemaker Awards once again proved to be a party night filled with unforgettable bites from the city’s favorite restaurants – we’re already looking forward to celebrating with you at next year’s party.