ATX Tastemakers 2015
A Taste of Tastemakers

Foodies gather at Tastemakers to celebrate the best of Austin's restaurant and bar scene

Foodies gather at Tastemakers to celebrate Austin's culinary scene

Tastemakers Austin 2015
A sold-out crowd gathered at Brazos Hall for the 2015 Tastemakers.  Photo by Shelley Neuman
Tastemakers Arro dessert olive oil cake
Olive oil cake from Arro. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Juliet
Bites from Juliet. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 416 Bar & Grille
Savory samples from 416 Bar & Grille.  Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Sala & Betty
Sala & Betty. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Swift's Attic
Sweets from Pastry Chef of the Year Callie Speer of Swift's Attic. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Noble Sandwich Co.
Noble Sandwich Co. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Lucky's Puccias and Pizzeria
Delicious bites from Lucky's Puccias & Pizzeria. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Arro
The team from Arro.  Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Fixe
Best New Restaurant npminee Fixe.  Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Black's BBQ
The lines were long for legendary Black's Barbecue. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Apis Restaurant and Apiary
Apis Restaurant and Apiary served refined, crowd-pleasing fare. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Brooke Shenkin Eric Rogers Anja Marie Brett Andrade
Brett Andrade, Anja Marie, Eric Rogers, and Brooke Shenkin goof off in the photo booth. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile
Jacoby's Restaurant and Mercantile dished up delicious bites. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Laura Furr Jordan Slagter Shannon Kolensky Sibylle Rhein
Laura Furr, Jordan Slagter, Shannon Kolensky, and Sibylle Rhein. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 416 Bar & Grille
A guest congratulates 416 Bar & Grille on the delicious bites. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Jessica Sanders drink.well
Jessica Sanders of drink.well. prepares cocktails for guests. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Rene Castro Dania Abbasi
Rene Castro, Dania Abbasi. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Michele Giese Bryan Landes
Michele Giese, Bryan Landes. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Herradurra Silver Coin Margarita
Silver coin margaritas made with Herradurra Tequila were a hit. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Tiny Pies
Guests in the Cadillac lounge area snacked on Tiny Pies. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Margaret Metz Evelyn Sher Lindsey McCalmont
Margaret Metz, Evelyn Sher, Lindsey McCalmont. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Robert Blackard Rachel Pond
Robert Blackard, Rachel Pond. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Carley Dunavant JW Marriott
Carley Dunavant of the JW Marriott prepared cocktails for guests. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Megan Behrens Matthew Confer
Megan Behrens, Matthew Confer. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Allison Winslett Maria Palazzo Karisa Burke Kait Weiland
Allison Winslett, Maria Palazzo, Karisa Burke, Kait Weiland. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Tastemakers Austin 2015
Herradura Tequila was on hand.  Photo by Shelley Neuman
Tastemakers Austin 2015
Guests sipped beers from Alaskan Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company.  Photo by Shelley Neuman
Austin Tastemakers 2015
Wine was served by The Austin Winery. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Tastemakers Austin 2015
Tastemakers Arro dessert olive oil cake
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Juliet
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 416 Bar & Grille
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Sala & Betty
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Swift's Attic
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Noble Sandwich Co.
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Lucky's Puccias and Pizzeria
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Arro
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Fixe
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Black's BBQ
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Apis Restaurant and Apiary
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Brooke Shenkin Eric Rogers Anja Marie Brett Andrade
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Laura Furr Jordan Slagter Shannon Kolensky Sibylle Rhein
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 416 Bar & Grille
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Jessica Sanders drink.well
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Rene Castro Dania Abbasi
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Michele Giese Bryan Landes
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Herradurra Silver Coin Margarita
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Tiny Pies
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Margaret Metz Evelyn Sher Lindsey McCalmont
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Robert Blackard Rachel Pond
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Carley Dunavant JW Marriott
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Megan Behrens Matthew Confer
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2015 Allison Winslett Maria Palazzo Karisa Burke Kait Weiland
Tastemakers Austin 2015
Tastemakers Austin 2015
Austin Tastemakers 2015

At the Tastemaker Awards, we celebrate Austin's top food and drink talent. And on Tuesday, guests of the fourth annual affair got a taste of some of the best — and newest — culinary offerings in the city.

Chefs, bartenders and foodies sipped signature cocktails, sampled fabulous fare and celebrated this year's stellar group of nominees. Winners of the 2015 Tastemakers were announced live throughout the evening, starting with Jason Stevens of Bar Congress. The bartender, who is a fixture in Austin's craft cocktail scene, snagged the Bartender of the Year award, and Bar Congress was named Bar of the Year. 

Drinks in hand (silver coin margaritas made with Herradura Tequila, beer by Alaskan Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company, and wine from The Austin Winery were a hit), guests circled the room sampling bites from 2015 Tastemaker nominees. Highlights included Kin & Comfort's Asian fusion offering, savory pumpkin panna cotta from soon-to-open Juliet, and signature puccias from Lucky's Puccias and Pizzeria. The line for legendary Black's Barbecue was well worth the wait.

Sweet cravings were satisfied by an assortment of desserts, including adorable offerings from Tiny Pies, Tiff's Treats courtesy of Cadillac, and several goodies from Pastry Chef of the Year winner Callie Speer of Swift's Attic.

Spotted in the crowd: Erica Waksmunski, Brandon Fuller, Drew Curren, Shawn Cirkiel​, Evelyn Sher​, Rene Castro, Dania Abbasi, Tom Thornton and Matt McGinnis. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.