The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are an annual celebration of talent in Dallas-Fort Worth'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 on April 25 at Fashion Industry Gallery for a swanky tasting event and awards ceremony 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
Thursday, April 25
6-10 pm

6 pm: VIP Admission
7 pm: General Admission

Where
Fashion Industry Gallery
1807 Ross Ave. #167

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.
Advanced // Now - April 25 at 11:59 pm // $105Day Of // April 25 // $115
General admission includes bites by nominated restaurants and premium beverages.

Advanced // Now - April 25 at 11:59 pm // $60Day Of // April 25 // $70
A portion of the ticket proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

Questions
Contact Taylor Pass at taylor@culturemap.com.

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

PARTICIPANTS

AL BIERNAT'S
Restaurant of the Year Nominee
Wine Program of the Year Nominee

BALDO'S ICE CREAM
Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee, Aldo Sandoval

BILLY CAN CAN
Best New Restaurant Nominee
Chef of the Year Nominee, Matt Ford

BISOUS BISOUS
Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee, Andrea Meyer

BULLION
Chef of the Year Nominee, Bruno Davaillon
Restaurant of the Year Nominee

CANE ROSSO
Restaurant of the Year Nominee

THE COMMON TABLE
Chef of the Year Nominee, Rodman Shields

DALLAS ATHLETIC CLUB
Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee, James Jordan

DEL FRISCO'S GRILLE
Wine Program of the Year Nominee

FORT WORTH FOOD HALL
Chef of the Year Nominee, Victor Villareal
Best New Restaurant Nominee

JALISCO NORTE
Restaurant of the Year Nominee
Chef of the Year Nominee, Jose Meza

JOSE
Restaurant of the Year Nominee

KHAO NOODLE SHOP
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee, Donny Sirisavath

MERCURY CHOPHOUSE
Restaurant of the Year Nominee

OPEN PALETTE AT SHERATON DALLAS
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee, Zeb Hartline

PANTHER CITY BBQ
Restaurant of the Year Nominee

SANDWICH HAG
Rising Star of the Year Nominee, Reyna Duong

SAUCE
Best Place for Pizza Nominee

SEVY'S
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee, Freidline

SUGARFINA
Sweet Suite

TEXICAN COURT
Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee, Patrick Hildebrandt

TRULUCK’S
Chef of the Year Nominee, Manny Vera

TULUM
Best New Restaurant Nominee

ZOLI'S NY PIZZA
Best Place for Pizza Nominee

NOMINEES

Restaurant of the Year
Al Biernat's
Bolsa
Bullion
Cane Rosso
Jalisco Norte
Jose
Mot Hai Ba
Nobu
Sachet
Sassetta

Chef of the Year
Anthony Dispensa - The French Room
Bruno Davaillon - Bullion
Matt Ford - Billy Can Can
Joel Orsini - Izkina
Jose Meza - Jalisco Norte
Manny Vera - Truluck's
Misti Norris - Petra & The Beast
Nick Barclay - Fish n Fizz
Rodman Shields - Common Table
Wade Burch - Perle on Maple

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Alice Eva Schermer - Highland Dallas
Donny Sirisavath - Khao Noodle Shop
Eric Freidline - Sevy's
Graham Shockley - Nova
Grant Morgan - Velvet Taco
Jared Harms - Pyramid
Meagan Stout - Americano
Patrick Hildebrandt - Texican
Reyna Duong - Sandwich Hag
Zeb Hartline - Sheraton Dallas

Pastry Chef of the Year
Aldo Sandoval - Baldo's Ice Cream
Andrea Meyer - Bisous Bisous
Brittny Miguel - Dee Lincoln
Cristal Gonzalez - Pyramid
James Jordan - Dallas Athletic Club
Jennifer Bezdek - Tulla
Laura Blomdstedt - Candor/Oak Cliff
Amaris Riddle - Sugar Fang
Maria Zwicklbauer - SusieCakes
Taylor Mosher - Statler

Bar of the Year
Bottled Blonde
Feed Company
Felix Culpa
Hide
Jettison
Midnight Rambler
Shoals
Standard Pour
Tipsy Alchemist
Whippersnapper

Bartender of the Year
Chris Unruh - Tiny Victories
Jesse Powell - Parliament
Jones Long - Lounge Here
Jorge Herrera - Up On Knox
Justin Payne - Standard Pour
Kiyoko Kinoshita - Lounge 31
Rosey Sullivan - Armoury DE
Sam Gillespie - Mitchell
Scott Jenkins - Hide
Trey Roland - Izkina/Henry's

Wine Program of the Year
Al Biernat's
Beau Nash
Bodega Wine Bar
Dee Lincoln Prime
Del Frisco's Grille
Sachet
Sassetta
Sixty Vines
Taco Y Vino
The Charles

Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year
20 Feet Seafood Joint
Commissary
District 9 Draught Haus
E-Bar Tex Mex
Haywire
Hudson House
Jed's Grill
Mot Hai Ba
Moxie's
Rise No. 1

Best Place for Pizza
360 Pies
DeLucca's
Eno's
Midici
Mod
Perfect Union
Sauce
Sixty Vines
Social Pie
Zoli's

Best New Restaurant
Billy Can Can
Doc B's
Fish N Fizz
Hibiki
Imoto
Izkina
Ka-Thai
Local Traveler
Louie King BBQ
Macellaio
Merchant House
Petra & the Beast
San Martin Bakery
Taco & Vino
The Charles
Tulum

FORT WORTH NOMINEES

Restaurant of the Year
B&B Steakhouse
Blue Sushi
Clay Pigeon
Fixe
Grace
Gus's Fried Chicken
Mercury Chophouse
Panther City BBQ
Spiral Diner
Taco Heads

Chef of the Year
Anthony Felli - Waters
Bria Downey - Clay Pigeon
Callie Salls - Meyer & Sage
Chris Hight - Aventino's
Dien Nguyen - Wabi House
Juan Rodriguez - Magdalena's
Molly McCook - Ellerbe's
James Gaines - Reata
Tuan Pham - Four Sisters
Victor Villareal - FW Food Hall

Bar of the Year
Boiled Owl
Craftcade
Lola's
Malone's
Pinstripes
Social House
T&P Tavern
The Chat Room
Twilite Lounge

Best New Restaurant
Bird & Branch
Doc B's
Fort Worth Food Hall
Four Sisters
Grimaldi's
Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar
The Wharf
Wabi House

JUDGES

ANASTACIA QUINOÑES
Executive Chef at Jose
*2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year Winner

DOUG PICKERING
Executive Chef at Ferris Wheelers
*2018 Best New Restaurant Winner

JEANA JOHNSON
Consulting Chef

KEITH CEDOTAL
Pastry Chef, Rebees/Hatchways Cafe
*2018 Pastry Chef of the Year Winner

OMAR FLORES
Chef/Owner, Whistle Britches
*2018 Chef of the Year Winner

RON RUGGLESS
Senior Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News

STEVE DESHAZO
Director, Food & Hospitality Institute, El Centro College

TERESA GUBBINS
Senior Editor, CultureMap

TOM FLEMING
Chef/Owner, Crossroads Diner
*2018 Best Restaurant for Biscuits Winner

TREVOR LANDRY
Beverage Director, NL Group
*2018 Bartender of the Year Winner

DARREN MCDONALD
Managing Partner, B&B Butchers and Restaurant
*2018 Best New Restaurant Winner (Fort Worth)

LANNY LANCARTE
Chef/Founder, Righteous Foods
*2018 Chef of the Year Winner (Fort Worth)

LISA LITTLE-ADAMS
Owner/Bar Manager, Proper on Magnolia
*2018 Bar of the Year Winner (Fort Worth)

MALCOLM MAYHEW
Writer for CultureMap, Fort Worth Magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

MARCUS PASLAY
Executive Chef & Owner, From Scratch Hospitality
*2018 Restaurant of the Year Winner, Piattello (Fort Worth)

STEPHANIE MERRY
Managing Editor, CultureMap

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

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.

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

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit hunger-relief organization with its primary distribution center in Plano, and administrative headquarters located in the Dallas Farmers Market. Each day, NTFB provides access to more than 190,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and more than 200 Partner Agencies. In fiscal year 2018, NTFB provided access to almost 72 million nutritious meals. While the NTFB is making stead progress toward closing the hunger gap, much work remains to be done to reach the organization's 10-year goal of providing 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025.

NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.

North Texas Food Bank