About Tastemaker Awards

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

In March and April, we'll feature all the nominees in a special editorial series. Then join us April 19 at Bullock Texas State History Museum for a swanky tasting event and awards ceremony, emceed by Tim Love, where we'll celebrate the nominees and unveil the winners. Come mix and mingle with the city's top culinary talent and fellow foodies.

Watch Highlights from Last Year's Tastemaker Awards

Chow Down

Whole Foods Market helps you be a Tastemaker in your own kitchen

by Promoted Article Correspondent

6.9.17  |  12:00 pm

If you attended this year's CultureMap Austin Tastemaker Awards party, you might remember sampling a creamy, delicious pasta dish ...

Texas Tastemakers

These are the best restaurants and bars in Texas for 2017

by Arden Ward

4.24.17  |  2:24 pm

Each year we hold a Texas-sized celebration of two of the things we love most: food and drink. The annual ...

A Taste of Tastemakers

Austin foodies get their fill at best Tastemakers party yet

by Nicole Raney

4.20.17  |  10:42 am

A huge crowd gathered at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on April 19 for the sixth annual CultureMap Tastemaker ...

Meet the Tastemakers

Austin restaurant of the year, top chefs revealed at 2017 Tastemakers

by Nicole Raney

4.19.17  |  9:15 pm

Over the past month, we've introduced you to the top restaurant and bar talent in Austin as part of ...

Restaurant of the Year

Get a taste of the best Austin restaurants for 2017

by Claudia Alarcon

4.17.17  |  12:56 pm

If you've dined at any of these restaurants, you will agree that they are all worthy of the title ...

Top Chef

Meet the best chefs in Austin for 2017

by Arden Ward

4.14.17  |  12:00 pm

It's time to celebrate the nominees for Chef of the Year in our sixth annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. These ...

Buzzworthy Brews

Austin's 7 best breweries keep the craft beers flowing

by Claudia Alarcon

4.11.17  |  11:40 am

The craft beer movement has exploded in Austin, with new microbreweries and taprooms opening faster than we can keep up ...

Best Burgers

The 9 best burgers in Austin vie for Tastemaker honor


4.10.17  |  1:03 pm

Burgers are a staple of the Austin food scene, and we're celebrating the classic dish with a special category ...

Tastemakers 2017

These are the best restaurants in Austin to savor a glass of wine

by Claudia Alarcon

4.7.17  |  1:25 pm

Austin wine lovers, rejoice. Our city is home to some of the country's best sommeliers, and excellent wine programs ...

Meet the Tastemakers

Austin's top 5 pastry chefs have us sweet on dessert


4.6.17  |  11:10 am

Nothing's sweeter than ending a fabulous meal with an exquisite dessert. The 2017 CultureMap Tastemaker nominees for Pastry Chef ...

Best New Restaurants

16 best new restaurants in Austin compete for Tastemaker title

by Nicole Raney

4.4.17  |  4:40 pm

Austin has no shortage of awesome new restaurants, and we're celebrating them in our 2017 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. Sixteen ...

Meet the Tastemakers

The 8 best bartenders in Austin pour the city's coolest cocktails

by Claudia Alarcon

3.29.17  |  1:08 pm

Cocktail culture has flourished in Austin, and we are lucky to have a multitude of talented, award-winning barmen and women ...

Raising the Bar

The 9 best bars in Austin have us raising a glass

by Nicole Raney

3.20.17  |  1:03 pm

Ahead of our sixth annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, we're raising a glass to the best bars in Austin. From ...

Meet the Tastemakers

Austin's 8 best neighborhood restaurants make us feel right at home

by Claudia Alarcon

3.15.17  |  9:59 am

There's nothing quite like a neighborhood restaurant — a quaint spot you can visit frequently, one that feels like home ...

Meet the Tastemakers

Meet 8 talented Austin chefs on the brink of stardom

by Nicole Raney

3.9.17  |  1:28 pm

The future of the Austin restaurant scene is in good hands. We kick off our Tastemaker Awards special editorial series ...

Taste of the Tastemakers

Austin's tastiest food and drink celebration returns for 2017

by Arden Ward

3.6.17  |  4:00 pm

It's time to celebrate two of the things we love most: food and drink. April marks the return of ...

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