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 April and May, we'll feature all the nominees in a special editorial series. Then join us May 17 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.

Check out scenes from last year's party

The Best in Texas

The unequivocal list of the best restaurants and bars in Texas 2016

by Jennifer Chininis

5.24.16  |  6:00 am

Whether at home or traveling, one question we Texans always want answered is where to eat. Our annual CultureMap Tastemaker ...

A Taste of Tastemakers

Foodies toast Austin's culinary talent at biggest Tastemakers yet

by Molly McManus

5.18.16  |  3:47 pm

Foodies flocked to the Bullock Texas State History Museum Tuesday night for the fifth annual Tastemaker Awards to celebrate Austin ...

Tastemaker Winners

Austin restaurant of the year, top chefs unveiled at 2016 Tastemakers

by Molly McManus

5.17.16  |  10:06 pm

Over the past month, we’ve introduced you to the food and beverage industry’s top talent as part of ...

Austin's Best Restaurants

The 7 best restaurants in Austin compete for culinary supremacy

by Melody Fury

5.16.16  |  9:37 am

Austin diners are opinionated and vocal, always equipped with a list of favorite spots in their back pocket. But if ...

Austin's Top Chef

The best chefs in Austin always leave diners hungry for more

by Tom Thornton

5.13.16  |  9:43 am

Ahead of the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards on May 17, we take a look at the guiding hand behind a restaurant ...

Tastemakers Party

5 reasons every Austin foodie should attend the Tastemaker Awards

by Molly McManus

5.11.16  |  2:31 pm

You've read about the nominees and voted for your favorite new restaurants. Now it's time to indulge in ...

Raising the Bar

The best bars in Austin: 8 hot spots shaking up our cocktail scene

by Nicole Raney

5.10.16  |  1:04 pm

As part of the fifth annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, we're celebrating the best bars in town — many of which ...

Meet the Tastemakers

The 10 best breweries in Austin tap our favorite craft beers

by Nicole Raney

5.6.16  |  9:19 am

Austin's craft beer scene is overflowing with breweries, from hip urban taprooms to local trailblazers. We're celebrating 10 ...

Austin's Best New Restaurants

The best new restaurants in Austin vie for Tastemaker title

by Molly McManus

5.4.16  |  10:30 am

Opening a restaurant in our hot culinary city is no small feat. The full package has to be there — exceptional ...

Let's Eat

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

by Arden Ward

5.3.16  |  3:06 pm

The date is drawing near for our fifth annual Tastemaker Awards, so we had to share the delicious news of ...

Austin's Top Bartenders

The 10 best bartenders in Austin give us something to drink about

by Matt McGinnis

5.2.16  |  12:35 pm

Austin has some of the best bars in the country. The vibrant food and beverage scene has drawn talent and ...

Meet the Tastemakers

Austin's 8 best sommeliers keep the wine scene flowing

by Matt McGinnis

4.27.16  |  6:00 am

It’s a pretty fine time to be a sommelier, and Austin's wine pros are ready for the spotlight ...

Meet the Tastemakers

These 10 pastry chefs are the sweetest piece of Austin's food scene

by Claudia Alarcon

4.19.16  |  9:36 am

In Austin, we're blessed with boundless talent in the pastry department. After all, who can resist a sweet ending ...

Best Neighborhood Dining

9 best neighborhood restaurants in Austin make us feel right at home

by Matt Roland

4.14.16  |  9:25 am

Austin's culinary scene has never been better, and our annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards on May 17 will celebrate the ...

Rising Star Chefs

These 6 Austin chefs are on the brink of stardom

by Melody Fury

4.11.16  |  6:00 am

Austin, once considered a budding dining destination, now sits firmly on the map thanks to our many recognized culinary innovators ...

Return of Tastemakers

Austin's most celebratory food fest returns for 2016 with tasty extras

by Jennifer Chininis

4.7.16  |  11:22 am

May brings the return of the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, in which we celebrate two of the things we love most ...

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