The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are an annual celebration of talent in Houston'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 February and March, we'll feature all the nominees in a special editorial series. Then join us on March 27 at Silver Street Studios for a swanky tasting event and awards ceremony emceed by Bun B, where we'll celebrate the nominees and unveil the winners. Join us to mix and mingle with the city's top culinary talent and fellow foodies.

CHECK OUT SCENES FROM LAST YEAR'S PARTY

EVENT DETAILS

When
Wednesday, March 27
6-10 pm

6 pm: VIP Admission
7 pm: General Admission

Where
Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards St.

Tickets
VIP Admission includes early admission (6 pm) for the first tasting of bites by nominated restaurants, valet, a dedicated VIP bar, and an elevated food pairing experience with B.B. Lemon and Woodford Reserve.

Advanced // Now - March 26 at 11:59 pm // $105Day Of // March 27 // $115
General admission includes bites by nominated restaurants and premium beverages.

Advanced // Now - March 26 at 11:59 pm // $60Day Of // March 27 // $70
A portion of the ticket proceeds benefit Second Servings of Houston.

Questions
Contact Emily Rudelson at emily@culturemap.com.

Alcohol handled by third party. Must be 21 to attend.
Sorry, no refunds.

PARTICIPANTS

B.B. LEMON
Best New Restaurant Nominee
Favorite Burger Nominee
Monique Cioffi-Hernandez, Bartender of the Year Nominee

BERNIE'S BURGER BUS
Favorite Burger Nominee

BUFFBURGER
Favorite Burger Nominee

BURGER-CHAN
Favorite Burger Nominee

THE DUNLAVY
Jane Wild, Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee

EUNICE
Best New Restaurant Nominee

FIELD & TIDES
Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Nominee

GUS’S FRIED CHICKEN
Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Nominee

HIMALAYA
Restaurant of the Year Nominee
Kaiser Lashkari, Chef of the Year Nominee

INTERNATIONAL SMOKE
Best New Restaurant Nominee

KILLEN'S STQ/KILLEN'S TMX
Best New Restaurant Nominee. Killen's TMX
Ronnie Killen, Chef of the Year Nominee
Teddy Lopez, Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee
Samantha Mendoza, Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee

KULTURE
Best New Restaurant Nominee
Dawn Burrell, Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee

LES NOO'DLE
Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Nominee

MAISON PUCHA
Victor Pucha, Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee

NOBIE'S
Restaurant of the Year Nominee
Martin Stayer, Chef of the Year Nominee
Wine Program of the Year Nominee
Sarah Troxell, Bartender of the Year Nominee

POITIN
Best New Restaurant Nominee
Dominick Lee, Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee
Dory Fung, Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee

THE PIT ROOM
Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Nominee

RIEL
Restaurant of the Year Nominee
Ryan Lachaine, Chef of the Year Nominee

RODEO GOAT
Favorite Burger Nominee

SUGARFINA
Zadok Jewelers Sweet Suite

SUPERICA
Best New Restaurant Nominee

SWEET BRIBERY
Sharon Leonard, Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee

TRIS
Best New Restaurant Nominee
Austin Simmons, Chef of the Year Nominee

WOOSTER'S GARDEN
Brandon Silva, Rising Star Chef of the Year (The Kirby Group)
Bar of the Year Nominee
Jessica Johnson, Bartender of the Year Nominee

NOMINEES

Restaurant of the Year
BCN Taste & Tradition
Himalaya
Hugo's
Kata Robata
Nancy's Hustle
Riel
State of Grace
The Pass & Provisions
Theodore Rex
Nobies

Chef of the Year
Ronnie Killen - Killen's Restaurants
Ryan Lachaine - Riel
Manabu Horiuchi - Kata Robata
Martin Stayer - Nobie's
Justin Yu - Theodore Rex/Better Luck Tomorrow
Kaiser Lashkari - Himalaya
Hugo Ortega - H-Town Restaurant Group
Jason Vaughn - Nancy's Hustle
Austin Simmons - Tris/Cureight
Bobby Matos - State of Grace/La Lucha

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Brandon Silva - The Kirby Group
Dawn Burrell - Kulture
Dominick Lee - Poitin
Ian Levy - Better Luck Tomorrow
Jane Wild - The Dunlavy
Johnny Rhodes - Indigo
Kaitlin Steets - Theodore Rex
Matt Staph - One Fifth
Nick Wong - UB Preserv
Teddy Lopez - Killen's STQ

Pastry Chef of the Year
Alyssa Dole - Pinkerton's Barbecue
Chris Leung - Cloud 10 Creamery
Dory Fung - Formerly of Poitin
Julia Doran - Nancy's Hustle
Otto Sanchez - Formerly of La Table
Samantha Mendoza - Killen's Restaurants
Shannon Leonard - Sweet Bribery
Valerie Trasatti - Coterie
Victor Pucha, Maison Pucha Bistro
Ruben Ortega - H-Town Restaurant Group

Bar of the Year
Anvil Bar & Refuge
Goodnight Charlie's
Grand Prize
Julep
Lei Low
Light Years
Miss Carousel
Poison Girl
Wooster's Garden

Bartender of the Year
Alphonso Quiñones - Bad News Bar
Jessica Johnson - Wooster's Garden
Julie Rogers - Nancy's Hustle
Justin Ware - Johnny's Gold Brick
Kristine Nguyen - Nancy's Hustle
Lindsey Rae - Grand Prize
Monique Cioffi-Hernandez - B.B. Lemon
Sarah Crowl-Keck - Coltivare
Sarah Troxell - Nobie's
Stuart Humphries - Tongue-cut Sparrow
Tommy Ho - Anvil

Wine Program of the Year
13 Celsius
Avondale Food & Wine
Light Years
Brennan's
Camerata
Caracol
Coltivare
Nancy's Hustle
State of Grace
Nobies

Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine
Field & Tides
Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
Gus's Fried Chicken
Houston's
Les Noodle
Pondicheri
The Original Ninfa's on Navigation
The Pit Room

Favorite Burger
B.B. Lemon
Bernie's Burger Bus
Buff Burger
burger-chan
Hay Merchant
La Lucha
Rodeo Goat
Shake Shack
The Burger Joint

Best New Restaurant
B.B. Lemon
Blood Bros BBQ
Calle Onze
Eunice
Georgia James
Indianola
Indigo
International Smoke
Killen's TMX
Kulture
La Lucha
Poitin
Superica
Tris
UB Preserv
Vibrant

Brewery of the Year
8th Wonder
B52
Brash
Buffalo Bayou
Holler
Karbach
No Label
Saint Arnold
Sigma
Spindletap

JUDGES

ALEX NEGRANZA
Operations Director, The Pastry War, Tongue-Cut Sparrow, The Nightingale Room
*2018 Bartender of the Year Winner

CASEY MOTES
Co-Founder, Eureka Heights Brew Co.
*2018 Brewery of the Year Winner

CHRIS SHEPHERD
Chef/Owner, Underbelly Hospitality
*2018 Chef of the Year Winner

ERIC SANDLER
Food Editor, CultureMap

JASON VAUGHAN
Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Nancy's Hustle
*2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year Winner

JEAN-PHILIPPE GASTON
Executive Chef, Izakaya
*2018 Poke of the Year Winner

JILLIAN BARTOLOME
Formerly of Aqui
*2018 Pastry Chef of the Year Winner

JUSTIN YU
Chef/Owner, Theodore Rex, Better Luck Tomorrow, Publix Services Wine and Whisky
*2018 Bar of the Year Winner

PAUL PETRONELLA
Owner/Operator, Paulie's Restaurant and Camerata
*2018 Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Winner

TRACY VAUGHT
Founder/Owner, H Town Restaurant Group & Co-Operator, Third Coast Restaurant
*2018 Restaurant of the Year Winner, Xochi

TRAVIS LENIG
Executive Chef/Partner, Field & Tides
*2018 Best New Restaurant Winner

PARTNERS

WOODFORD RESERVE

The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. The perfectly balanced taste of our Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of more than 200 detectable flavor notes.

DEEP ELLUM BREWING COMPANY

To show their dissatisfaction with the status quo, the four founders of Deep Ellum Brewing Company have set up shop in Dallas' most nefarious neighborhood, and between their big personalities and their bigger beers, they plan to show Big D what it's been missing. Deep Ellum... it's not just our name, it's our home. We chose this place, this location, and this facility for a reason. It's loud, somewhat smelly, always fun, and it changes every day. Just like Deep Ellum.

KORBEL

KORBEL California Champagnes are the perfect complement to every celebration – big or small. From dry to sweet, there is a KORBEL for every moment, mood and taste.

SONOMA CUTRER

Sonoma-Cutrer's award-winning wines are derived from a passion for artisanal excellence and authentic experiences that enhance the quality of everyday life. Taste the passion, share the discovery.

ZADOK JEWELERS

A family-owned and operated business in Houston, TX for over 43 years, the Zadok family represents seven generations of master jewelers. The Uptown area store features a vast selection of certified loose diamonds and gemstones, platinum and gold engagement and wedding rings, fine jewelry, Swiss timepieces and fine crystal. This collection has earned Zadok Jewelers the reputation as Houston's largest and most distinctive couture jewelry, watch, and diamond gallery. Zadok Jewelers encompasses over 12,000 square feet in the Uptown/Galleria location- ten times its original size- and loyal customers spanning the globe. However, even with this continued growth over four decades, the Zadok family and staff strive to uphold seven generations of commitment to the highest standards of quality and service, while making customers feel welcome and comfortable – as though they are visiting an extension of the Zadok home.

TOPO CHICO

Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water has been bottled at source in Monterrey, Mexico, since 1895. Refreshing and versatile, it satisfies your thirst or serves as a perfect mixer.

ACQUA PANNA

Acqua Panna water is proud of a long history. Its birthplace, Panna estate in Tuscany, dates as far back as the Renaissance period to the glorious days of The Medici Family. This prominent Tuscan family, patron of arts and culture, used to spend their holidays at Panna estate in the beautiful Tuscan land, enjoying local specialties and drinking water from the source.

BENEFICIARY

SECOND SERVINGS OF HOUSTON

Second Servings is Houston’s only prepared and perishable food rescue organization. Second Servings picks up unserved and unsold food from distributors, retailers, hotels, sports venues, and other regulated food businesses, and delivers it the same day to 45 approved charity sites (shelters, soup kitchens, low-income housing and others) serving over 12,000 people each week. Their wholesome food helps nourish veterans, adults in recovery, abused women and children, at-risk youth, the homeless, disabled seniors, developmentally challenged adults, LGBTQ community, low-income single adults, and others. In just 3 years, they've already rescued 425 TONS of food from more than 175 donors. Food that was destined for the landfill, but is now feeding people.