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The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is an annual celebration of talent in Houston’s restaurant and bar communities, as selected by their peers. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

This year, the event is going virtual for the first time ever. Get to know all of the nominees in our special editorial series, then, tune in on August 6 for the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards — Virtual Edition, where we'll celebrate the nominees and unveil the winners.

Your ticket brings the exclusive Tastemakers experience right to your home, complete with bites from featured nominees, complimentary premium beverages, swag, and more.

DETAILS

WHEN
August 6, 2020
7 pm

TICKETS

All Ticket holders will receive a Tastemaker Awards Tasting Tote which includes:
Savory and sweet bites by nomineesComplimentary premium beverage kits and recipesGifts from sponsors, nominees, and past winnersAccess to interactive games and opportunities to win prizes during the awards show, streamed on CultureMap
VIP Tickets - SOLD OUT
Totes will include elevated food and beverage pairings and will be delivered directly to your door on the day of the event.


General Admission Tickets
Totes will be available at a drive-thru Pickup Party on August 6 from noon to 6 pm at Silver Street Studios.
Early Bird Tickets: SOLD OUTAdvanced Tickets: SOLD OUTRegular Ticket Price: $75 (limited quantity remaining)
Raffle Tickets
All raffle ticket purchases are a donation that directly benefit Second Servings of Houston. Each $10 donation equals one raffle ticket entry to win a basket featuring experiences and gift cards from Tastemaker Awards nominees and partners, valued at more than $500. Visit our ticketing page for more details and to buy tickets.

A portion of event proceeds benefit Second Servings of Houston.

Questions
Contact Callie Adams at tastemakers@culturemap.com.

Alcohol handled by third party.
Must be 21+ to receive a Tasting Tote. Requires valid ID.
Sorry, no refunds.

PARTICIPANTS

El Topo
2020 Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee

One Fifth Mediterranean
2020 Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee

Traveler’s Table
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee

Les Ba’get
2020 Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee

Monkey's Tail
2020 Bar of the Year Nominee

Himalaya
2020 Restaurant of the Year Nominee

Politan Row
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee

Candente
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee

Rosie Cannonball
Rising Star Chef of the Year - Felipe Riccio, Pastry Chef of the Year - Shawn Gawle, Wine Program of the Year, Best New Restaurant, Best Pizza

Himalaya
2020 Restaurant of the Year Nominee

Politan Row
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee

Candente
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee

NOMINEES

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Coltivare
Himalaya
Indigo
Kata Robata
Nobie's
Riel
State of Grace
Theodore Rex
UB Preserv

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Austin Simmons - Tris/Cureight
Bobby Matos - State of Grace/La Lucha
Drake Leonards - Eunice
Jason Vaughan - Nancy's Hustle
Jonny Rhodes - Indigo
Justin Yu - Better Luck Tomorrow/Squable/Theodore Rex
Kaiser Lashkari - Himalaya
Martin Stayer - Nobie's/The Toasted Coconut/Quiote
Mike Tran - Tiger Den/Ohn Korean/Night Market/Ishin Udon/Mein/Toukei Izakaya
Ryan Lachaine - Riel

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
Arash Kharat - Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company
Cat Huynh - Les Ba'get
Felipe Riccio - Rosie Cannonball
J.D. Woodward - 1751 Sea & Bar
Kaitlin Steets - Theodore Rex
Mark Clayton and Drew Gimma - Squable
Matt Staph - One Fifth
Natasha Douglas - Better Luck Tomorrow
Nick Wong - UB Preserv
Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee - Kokoro/Handies Douzo
Sasha Grumman - Rosalie Italian Soul
Teddy Lopez - Killen's STQ
Tony Luhrman - El Topo

PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR
Allison Rene Thiessen - 1751 Sea & Bar
Alyssa Dole - The Kirby Group
Chris Leung - Cloud 10 Creamery
Julia Doran - Nancy's Hustle
Otto Sanchez and Matthieu Cabon - Magnol French Baking
Rebecca Masson - Fluff Bake Bar
Samantha Mendoza - Killen's Restaurants
Sharon Leonard - Sweet Bribery
Shawn Gawle - Rosie Cannonball
Valerie Trasatti - formerly of Rosalie Italian Soul
Vanarin Kuch - Koffeteria

BAR OF THE YEAR
Camerata at Paulie's
Goodnight Charlie's
Heights Bier Garten/Wooster's Annex
How to Survive on Land and Sea
Johnny's Gold Brick
Julep
Lei Low
Light Years
Miss Carousel
Monkey's Tail
Poison Girl
The Toasted Coconut

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
Anna Wilkins - Better Luck Tomorrow
Jessica Johnson - Wooster's Garden
Jordan Pitts - Anvil
Justin Ware - formerly of Johnny's Gold Brick
Kristine Nguyen - Cantina Barba
Lindsay Rae - Two Headed Dog
Matt Dulaney - The New Potato
Sarah Crowl
Thomas Marsella - 13 Celsius
Tommy Ho - Anvil
Zach Hornberger - Nancy's Hustle

WINE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
13 Celsius
Avondale Food & Wine
Camerata at Paulie's
Caracol
Georgia James
How to Survive on Land and Sea
Nancy's Hustle
Public Services Wine & Whisky
Rosie Cannonball
Squable

NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine
Cuchara
Les Ba'get
Melange Creperie
Pondicheri
Ramen Tatsu-ya
Roostar Vietnamese Grill
Superica
The Original Ninfa's on Navigation
Tiny Boxwoods
Weights and Measures

BEST PIZZA
BOH Pasta
Brother's Pizzeria
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company
Cane Rosso
Coltivare
Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana
Romano's Pizza
Rosie Cannonball
Vinny's
Weights and Measures

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
1751 Sea & Bar
Bori
Bravery Chef Hall
Candente
El Topo
La Vibra Tacos
MAD
Politan Row
Rosie Cannonball
Savoir
Squable
Tejas Burger
The Toasted Coconut
Traveler's Table
Truth BBQ
Verdine

BREWERY OF THE YEAR
11 Below Brewing Company
8th Wonder Brewery
Baileson Brewing Company
Brash Brewing Company
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company
Great Heights Brewing
Holler Brewing Co.
Sigma Brewing Company
SpindleTap Brewery
True Anomaly Brewing Company

JUDGES

SEAN JENSEN
Co-owner, Nancy's Hustle

2019 Restaurant of the Year Winner

MANABU HORIUCHI
(CHEF HORI)
Chef, Kata Robata

2019 Chef of the Year Winner

JUSTIN YU
Chef/Owner, Better Luck Tomorrow/Theodore Rex

2018 Bar of the Year Winner

SARAH TROXELL
Bar Manager, Nobie’s/The Toasted Coconut/Quiote

2019 Bartender of the Year Winner

LEONARA VARVOUTIS
General Manager and sommelier, Coltivare

2019 Wine Program of the Year Winner

LENNIE AMBROSE
Marketing and Events Director, Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2019 Brewery of the Year Winner

RUBEN ORTEGA
Executive Pastry Chef, H Town Restaurant Group

2019 Pastry Chef of the Year Winner

JUSTIN TURNER
formerly of Bernie’s Burger Bus

2019 Favorite Burger Winner

ROBIN WONG
Owner, Operator and Cook, Blood Bros. BBQ

2019 Best New Restaurant Winner

TYLER HORNE
Farmers Market Manager, Urban Harvest

TOMMY HO
General Manager, Anvil Bar & Refuge

2019 Bar of the Year Winner

ERIC SANDLER
CultureMap Food Editor

PARTNERS

Cigar City Brewing

Cigar City Brewing, makers of Jai Alai IPA and Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, was founded by Joey Redner in 2009 with the goal of creating world-class beer that reflects the flavors and history of the Tampa Bay region. Accolades have poured in since its inception, with the brewery now producing more than 140,000 barrels of beer annually and appearing six times on RateBeer.com’s Top 10 Breweries Worldwide list. Cigar City Brewing is a key partner in CANarchy, a craft brewing collective that represents the largest canned craft beer supplier in the country.

DRIPPING SPRINGS VODKA

Handcrafted in the Texas Hill Country, Dripping Springs Vodka is lush and balanced, with a smooth finish. Each small, 50-gallon batch is micro-distilled 20 times in copper pot stills, then mixed with pure, artesian spring water before a final clarifying slow filtration through Swedish activated charcoal. Dripping Springs is the only American vodka in 50 years to have won the Vodka Purity Trophy at the IWSC, which is the world’s largest and most prestigious liquor and wine competition. Taste the small batch difference with Dripping Springs Vodka, which is naturally gluten-free, certified kosher, and made without compromise.

GRANDES VINOS

Cariñena is home to more old-vine Garnacha than any other wine region in Spain. It is the birthplace of the great Garnacha variety and home to many others. Grandes Vinos, one of the most prominent wineries in the region, has the distinction of working with vineyards in each of the 14 growing areas of D.O.P. Cariñena. The result is a range of wines that perfectly complement the spirit of creativity and innovation.

TOPO CHICO

Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water is celebrating it's 125th Anniversary in 2020. Topo Chico has been bottled and sourced from Monterrey, Mexico since 1895. Refreshing and versatile, it satisfies your thirst or serves as the perfect mixer.

HEB

H-E-B

Your neighborhood H-E-B is our original and primary format, and no two stores are alike. We offer grocery, bakery, deli/food service, drugstore, produce, floral, meat, and seafood departments. The products sold and the store layouts are tailored to the needs of the customers in each community.

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BENEFICIARY

SECOND SERVINGS OF HOUSTON

Second Servings is Houston’s only prepared and perishable food rescue organization. Since 2015, the nonprofit has been on a mission to fill stomachs, not landfills, with perfectly edible surplus food. Second Servings picks up unserved and unsold food from distributors, convention centers, sports venues, retailers, hotels, etc. and executes free same-day delivery to more than 90 local shelters, soup kitchens, low-income housing, and many other charities. Second Servings of Houston has rescued over 4 million pounds of food, valued at more than $40 million, from over 300 food donors. For more information, or to support or volunteer with Second Servings, visit www.secondservingshouston.org.