Austin Tastemaker Awards 2019
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Austin history museum transforms into city's hottest party for Tastemaker Awards 2019

Museum transforms into Austin's hottest party for Tastemaker Awards

It's not often that a history museum plays host to Austin's best foodie fête, but that's exactly what happened on April 10, when CultureMap hosted our annual Tastemaker Awards ceremony at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Before the doors opened, VIP guests toasted this year's nominees with custom cocktails while sampling specially curated bites from Juniper, home to Rising Star Chef Amanda Turner.

Once the party officially kicked off, the chic crowd entered through the museum's main rotunda, high-heels and cowboy boots alike clapping across the beautiful mosaic floor. Like most years, the bar was the first stop for most guests, who sipped custom cocktails from Woodford Reserve, wine from Sonoma-Cutrer Winery, Korbel champagne, and brews from Deep Ellum Brewing and Alaskan Brewing Co.

Those looking for something with a little less kick enjoyed the ice-cold Topo Chico station (a must on the city's first 90-degree day) and Acqua Panna.

As DJ La Moon spun tunes, partygoers drifted into the main tasting room, a roundup of Austin and San Antonio's hottest restaurants. While Loro served up ribs, a favorite of meat-eating diners, Kemuri Tatsuya dished out their version of a deviled egg — a delightful Japanese twist on the American picnic staple. 

Representing San Antonio was The Jerk Shack, which ended up claiming the city's Best New Restaurant prize. The Alamo City hot spot shelled out a spicy shrimp and grits dish that proved why the restaurant deserved the top prize.

Upstairs at the dessert bar, diners were treated to sweet treats, including a scrumptious strawberry macaron from Bakery Lorraine and a to-die-for banana and Nutella cookie from newbie bakery ThroughBread.

In total, more than two dozen restaurants took part in the festivities, including Asador, Ciclo and Live Oak, Dean's One Trick Pony, Discada, District Kitchen + Cocktails, Garrison at Fairmont Austin, Foreign & Domestic, Le Politique, Malibu Poke, Otoko, Pitchfork Pretty, Range, Rosemary's Catering, Rosewood, She's Not Here, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, Sugarfina, Taco Deli, The Brewer's Table, The Switch Cafe, and VaqueroTaquero. Together, these eateries perfectly illustrated the depth and breadth of Austin and San Antonio's rich culinary scenes.

Sadly, not everyone could be a winner. Emcee and CBS We Are Austin anchor Taylor Ellison led the crowd through a lightning-fast awards ceremony (arguably the best kind). Chef Michael Fojtasek and his restaurant, Olamaie, took home the night's biggest awards — Austin Chef of Year and Restaurant of the Year, respectively. Accepting on his behalf was Erin Ashford, Olamaie's bar manager and last year's winner for Bartender of the Year.

And speaking of Bartender of the Year, the 2019 winner, Caer Ferguson, had the most memorable award acceptance of the night, dropping her glass plate. She was fine, her lively fellow nominees were delighted, and the Tastemaker Awards had yet another memorable evening.

San Antonio's all-star duo Diego Galicia and Rico Torres claimed the crown for San Antonio Chef(s) of the Year, making their way through a rollicking crowd to accept their award. Meanwhile, The Cookhouse, chef Pieter Sypesteyn's ode to all things Creole, earned the title of San Antonio Restaurant of the Year.

Joining CultureMap in a collective toast to the winners were local luminaries and restaurant industry bigwigs like Kelly StockerMoshmee Kalamkar, Rachael Duffy, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Jade Reyes, Rose Duran, Matthew BolickValentina Salazar, Lindsey LeRoy and Evan LeRoy, Chadwick Leger and Rachelle FoxPriscilla Rodriguez, Darlene Fiske, Jaden Felix, Jamie Sosa, Patrick Ferrell and Danica Ferrell, Mary Foulse, Taylor Morrissey, and Grant Weckerly.

CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Patrick Ferrell Danica Ferrell
Patrick Ferrell and Danica Ferrell enjoying cocktails by El Jimador. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Bakery Lorraine Macarons
Bakery Lorraine had four flavors of macarons for guests inlcuding strawberry and Earl Grey. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Le Politique Melissa Carroll
Pastry Chef of the Year nominee Melissa Carroll of Le Politique. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Rosemary's Catering
Dessert cups by Rosemary's Catering. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Korbel Champagne Samantha Jakubowski Sarah Sausen
Samantha Jakabowski and Sarah Sausen enjoying bubbles from the Korbel champagne Bubble Bar. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Pitchfork Pretty Pickled Quail Eggs
Pickled quail eggs by Restaurant of the Year nominee Pitchfork Pretty. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Loro
The team from Loro preps ribs for guests. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Rosewood Tomato Salad
Tomato salad from Best New Restaurant nominee Rosewood. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Woodford Reserve Gold Rush
The Gold Rush cocktail featuring Woodford Reserve bourbon, honey syrup, and lemon juice. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Nicole Ferguson Caitlin Robertson
Nicole Feguson and Caitlin Robertson. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Kemuri Tatsu-Ya Deviled Eggs
Devlied eggs by Kemuri Tatsu-Ya. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Tanzi Tabasson Nathan Smith
Tanzi Tabasson and Nathan Smith. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Tastemakers 2019 Deep Ellum beers
Brews from Deep Ellum Brewing and Alaskan Brewing Co. kept partygoers buzzing all night long. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum She's Not Here Pork Belly Bicol Express
Pork belly bicol express by Best New Restaurant nominees She's Not Here. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum The Jerk Shack Carribean Jerk Shrimp and Grits
Carribean jerk shrimp and grits by Best New Restaurant San Antonio winners The Jerk Shack. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Andrew Goodman Philip Mihalik Brad Bertram Terez Percenti Lee Percenti Dave Hur
Andrew Goodman, Philip Mihalik, Brad Bertram, Terez Percenti, Lee Percenti, and Dave Hur. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum The Brewer's Table
The Brewer's Table. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Discada Tacos
Best New Restaurant Austin winners Discada rolled out a signature taco. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Alejandra Troncoso Anthony Martucci
Alejandra Troncoso and Anthony Martucci having fun in the photo booth. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Chadwick Leger Rachelle Fox
Chadwick Leger and Rachelle Fox from Bar of the Year nominee Cavalier. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum DJ La Moon
DJ La Moon spun tunes for guests. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Taylor Morrissey Grant Weckerly
Taylor Morrissey and Grant Weckerly. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Dave Hetherington Cece Hetherington Isa Hetherington
Dave Hetherington, Cece Hetherington, and Isa Hetherington. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Mary Foulse
Mary Foulse dances to the tunes of DJ La Moon. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Mike Brewer Brian Wessels
Mike Brewer and Brian Wessels of Austin Beerworks — a Brewery of the Year nominee. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Discada
Best New Restaurant in Austin winners, Discada. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Asador
The team at Asador prepares tacos for guests. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Jaden Felix Jamie Sosa
Jaden Felix and Jamie Sosa. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Valentina Salazar Priscilla Rodriguez
Valentina Salazar and Priscilla Rodriguez. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Jade Reyes Rose Duran
Jade Reyes and Rose Duran. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Taylor Ellis
Emcee Taylor Ellis. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Juniper Amanda Turner
Rising Star winner Amanda Turner of Juniper. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Vaquero Taquero
Favorite Taco winners Vaquero Taquero. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum The Jerk Shack
Best New Restaurant San Antonio winners The Jerk Shack. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum The Landliners
The Landliners closed out the night. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum
Can't wait to see you all at Tastemakers 2020! Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Patrick Ferrell Danica Ferrell
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Bakery Lorraine Macarons
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Le Politique Melissa Carroll
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Rosemary's Catering
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Korbel Champagne Samantha Jakubowski Sarah Sausen
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Pitchfork Pretty Pickled Quail Eggs
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Loro
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Rosewood Tomato Salad
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Woodford Reserve Gold Rush
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Nicole Ferguson Caitlin Robertson
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Kemuri Tatsu-Ya Deviled Eggs
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Tanzi Tabasson Nathan Smith
Tastemakers 2019 Deep Ellum beers
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum She's Not Here Pork Belly Bicol Express
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum The Jerk Shack Carribean Jerk Shrimp and Grits
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Andrew Goodman Philip Mihalik Brad Bertram Terez Percenti Lee Percenti Dave Hur
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum The Brewer's Table
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Discada Tacos
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Alejandra Troncoso Anthony Martucci
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Chadwick Leger Rachelle Fox
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum DJ La Moon
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Taylor Morrissey Grant Weckerly
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Dave Hetherington Cece Hetherington Isa Hetherington
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Mary Foulse
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Mike Brewer Brian Wessels
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Discada
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Asador
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Jaden Felix Jamie Sosa
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Valentina Salazar Priscilla Rodriguez
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Jade Reyes Rose Duran
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Taylor Ellis
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Juniper Amanda Turner
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum Vaquero Taquero
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum The Jerk Shack
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum The Landliners
CultureMap Tastemakers 2019 Bob Bullock Museum