Tastemaker Awards 2016 Austin
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10 reasons to get tickets for the 5th annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards

10 reasons to get tickets for our 5th annual Tastemaker Awards

Wu Chow
Sample Chinese fare from Wu Chow at the Tastemaker Awards. Photo by Melody Fury
Shuck Shack San Antonio restaurant seafood fish dish
San Antonio's Shuck Shack will be on hand. Shuck Shack/Facebook
Geraldine's restaurant Austin Kimpton Hotel
Rainey Street's Geraldine's will be serving too.  Photo courtesy of Hotel Van Zandt
Spun Ice Cream coconut choco
Spun will serve sweet treats. Photo by Andrew Chan
Wu Chow
Shuck Shack San Antonio restaurant seafood fish dish
Geraldine's restaurant Austin Kimpton Hotel
Spun Ice Cream coconut choco

The date is drawing near for our fifth annual Tastemaker Awards, so we had to share the delicious news of all the restaurants signed up to dish out their best bites. On Tuesday, May 17 at Bullock Texas State History Museum, you can sample bites from 10 establishments, every one a Tastemaker Award nominee, from Austin and San Antonio.

Hopefully you have been following along with our editorial special series in which we are introducing all of the worthy finalists. We will unveil the winners in an awards ceremony emceed by celebrity chef Tim Love.

Now onto the delicious news. Here is the full list of participating restaurants, including the category — or categories, in some cases — for which they are nominated:

  • Brigid, nominated for Best New Restaurant (San Antonio)
  • Central Standard, nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year and Best New Restaurant
  • Geraldine's, nominated for Bartender of the Year and Best New Restaurant
  • Janina O'Leary, nominated for Pastry Chef of the Year
  • Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar, nominated for Best New Restaurant
  • Ophelia, nominated for Best New Restaurant
  • Rebel Pizza Bar, nominated for Best New Restaurant
  • Shuck Shack, nominated for Chef of the Year and Best New Restaurant (San Antonio)
  • Spun Ice Cream, nominated for Best New Restaurant
  • Wu Chow, nominated for Restaurant of the Year and Rising Star Chef of the Year

In addition to dishes from all of the above, expect spirits from Tequila Herradura; beer from Alaskan Brewing Co. and Adelbert's Brewery; and wine from Chloe Wine Collection, Benziger Family Winery, and Love Noir.

Tickets are $40-$75. Get ’em while you can.