ABOUT

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is an annual celebration of talent in Dallas-Fort Worth’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 July 30 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
July 30, 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
Totes will include elevated food and beverage pairings and will be delivered directly to your door on the day of the event. (Delivery is available in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Please visit our ticketing page for the delivery zone.)
Early Bird Tickets: SOLD OUTAdvanced Tickets: SOLD OUTRegular Ticket Price: $125 (limited quantity remaining)
General Admission Tickets
Totes will be available at our drive-thru Pickup Party on July 30 from noon to 6pm at West Village in Dallas.
Early Bird Tickets: SOLD OUTAdvanced Tickets: SOLD OUTRegular Ticket Price: $75
Raffle Tickets
All raffle ticket purchases are a donation that directly benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Each $10 donation equals one raffle ticket entry to win a basket featuring experiences and gift cards from our 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 the North Texas Food Bank.

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

Little Lilly Sushi
2020 Restaurant of the Year Nominee - Fort Worth

Lucky’s Hot Chicken
2020 Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee - Dallas

Meso Maya
2020 Best Queso Nominee - Dallas

Norma's Cafe
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee - Dallas

Gemelle
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee - Fort Worth

Love Shack
2020 Chef of the Year Nominee - Fort Worth

Toluca
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee - Dallas

Gold Ribbon Confections
2020 Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee - Dallas

Jasper’s Uptown
2020 Rising Star Chef of the Year Nominee - Dallas

Bartaco
2020 Restaurant of the Year - Fort Worth

Better Than Sex
2020 Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee - Dallas

Celestial Beerworks
2020 Brewery of the Year Nominee - Dallas

Kate Weiser Chocolate
2020 Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee - Dallas

Salaryman
2020 Chef of Year + Best New Restaurant Nominee - Dallas

The Charles
2020 Restaurant of the Year Nominee - Dallas

Asian Mint
2020 Restaurant of the Year Nominee - Dallas

La Tarte Tropézienne
2020 Pastry Chef of the Year Nominee - Dallas

Casa Jacaranda
2020 Best New Restaurant Nominee - Fort Worth

Hugo's Invitados
2020 Chef of the Year + Best Queso Nominee - Dallas

Toby Archibald, Formerly of Georgie
Rising Star Chef of the Year

DALLAS NOMINEES

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Asian Mint
Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Bonton Market Cafe
Boulevardier
Cafe Momentum
Khao Noodle Shop
Malibu Poke
San Martin Bakery & Restaurant
The Charles Dallas

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Anthony Bombaci - Joule Dallas
J Chastain - The Charles Dallas
Reyna Duong - Sandwich Hag
Natalio Charles - Hugo's Invitados
Justin Holt - Salaryman
Jeana Johnson - Canvas Hotel
Matt McCallister - Homewood
Bryan Patton - Delta Hotel / Watters Creek Allen
Ty Thaxton - Te Deseo
Jacob Williamson - Five Sixty

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
Toby Archibald - Georgie by Curtis Stone
Geo Arredondo - Muchacho Tex Mex
Josh Bonee - Lucky's Hot Chicken
Jared Conoley - Manhattan Project Beer Company
Paolo Gama - Four Seasons Las Colinas
Yia Medina - Jasper's Uptown
Daniel Pittman - Cane Rosso
Hilario Serratos - Las Palmas Dallas
Aaron Skoultchi - Rapscallion, Boulevardier
Jay Vopatek - Lovers Seafood & Market

PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR
Maurice Ahern - Gold Ribbon Confections
Kelly Ball - Leila Bakery
German Rodriguez Daza - Amorino
Tracy Dowd - Piefalootin
Sheila Phalen-Miller -Better Than Sex
Leonel Rodríguez - San Martin Bakery & Restaurant
Maricsa Trejo - La Casita Bakeshop
Rebecca Velázquez - La Tarte Tropézienne
Kate Weiser - Kate Weiser Chocolate
Diana Zamora - Lockwood Distilling

BAR OF THE YEAR
Black Swan Saloon
Botanist
Lochland's
Mike's Gemini Twin
Playwright Pub
Te Deseo
The Clover Club
Three Links
Tiny Victories
Toller Patio

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Al-Qassem - Bowen House
Julie Bennett - AC Hotel Dallas Downtown
Wilborn Blalock- Tipsy Alchemist
Daniel De La Sancha - Paradiso
Mario Ortez Huerta - Alamo Club
Josh Hendrix - Las Almas Rotas
Kayla McDowell - Bowen House
Loren Marino - Virgin Hotels Dallas
Marty Reyes - Swizzle
Zach Smigiel - Billy Can Can

WINE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Cibo Divino
Eden Hill/Dallas Farmers Market
Ellie's
French Room
Haywire
Homewood
Lovers Seafood & Market
Macellaio
Pyramid Room
Seasons 52

NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Family Thais Asian Bistro
Goodfriend
Lakewood Smokehouse
Libertine
Mudhook
Nazca Kitchen
Norma's Cafe
Parigi Restaurant
RM 12:20 Bistro
Urban Crust

BREWERY OF THE YEAR
3 Nations Brewing
Bankhead Brewery
By The Horns Brewery
Celestial Beerworks
Manhattan Project Beer Company
Martin House Brewing
Oak Cliff Brewing Co.
Oak Highlands Brewery
On Rotation
Pegasus City Brewery

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
400 Gradi
Beverley's
Commons Club
Drake's
Ellie's
Georgie by Curtis Stone
Hinodeya Ramen Bar
Homewood
Pappas Delta Blues
Paradiso
Red Stix Street Food
Salaryman
Sketches of Spain
Sloane's Corner
Toluca Organic
Uncle Zhou

BEST QUESO
E-Bar
HG Sply Co
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Hugo's Invitados
Matt's Rancho Martinez
Meso Maya
Primo's MX Kitchen
Queso Beso
Tacos N Tequila
Torchy's

FORT WORTH NOMINEES

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Bartaco
Bearded Lady
Cafe Modern
Ellerbe Fine Foods
Heim BBQ - River location
Little Lilly Sushi
Los Molcajetes
My Lan
Rogers Roundhouse
Wabi House

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Felipe Armenta - The Tavern, Pacific Table, and Press Cafe
Johnnie Hoang - Hoang's Noodle House
Peter Kreidler - Kimbell Art Museum
Tim Love - Lonesome Dove, Love Shack, Gemelle
Stefon Rishel - Wishbone & Flynt
Carlos Rodriguez - Fuego Burger
Denise Shavandy - Cafe Modern
Richard Triptow - Wicked Butcher
Donatella Trotti - Nonna Tata
Dayne Weaver - Dayne's Craft Barbecue

BAR OF THE YEAR
38 & Vine
Blackland Distillery
Free Play
Grandma's
Locust Cider
The Amber Room (Wishbone & Flynt)
The Moon Bar
Thompson's
Ye Olde Bull & Bush

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Casa Jacaranda
Gemelle
Hot Box Biscuit Club
Smoke-A-Holics BBQ
Toro Toro
Wicked Butcher
Wishbone & Flynt
Zoli's

DALLAS JUDGES

MISTI NORRIS
Chef-owner, Petra and the Beast

2019 Chef of the Year Winner, Dallas

ERIC FREIDLINE
Consulting Chef

2019 Rising Star Chef of the Year Winner, Dallas

PEJA KRSTIC
Chef-owner, Mot Hai Ba

2019 Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year Winner, Dallas

JIMMY CONTRERAS
Owner, Taco Y Vino

2019 Best New Restaurant Winner, Dallas

ANDREA MEYER
Chef-owner, Bisous Bisous

2019 Pastry Chef of the Year Winner, Dallas

OMAR YEEFOON
Owner, Shoals Sound & Service

2019 Bar of the Year Winner, Dallas

BRAD FULLER
Director of Operations, Al Biernat's

2019 Wine Program of the Year Winner, Dallas

JEFF BEKAVAC
Chief Culinary Officer, Cane Rosso

2019 Best Pizza Winner, Dallas

CHRIS UNRUH
Bartender, Lounge Here

2019 Bartender of the Year Winner, Dallas

BRIAN LUSCHER
Culinary Director, 33 Restaurant Group

CHRISTOPHER ZIELKE
Director of Development, Centurion American

JULIE BUCKNER LANE
Managing Partner, Bar and Garden

TERESA GUBBINS
Senior Editor, CultureMap

FORT WORTH JUDGES

JUAN RODRIGUEZ
Chef-owner, Magdalena's

2019 Chef of the Year Winner, Fort Worth

LINDSEY SHEPARD CHARNAY
Representative, InvenTrust Properties

MALCOLM MAYHEW
Writer, CultureMap contributor

STEPHANIE MERRY
Managing Editor, CultureMap

TERESA GUBBINS
Senior Editor, CultureMap

CELESTINA BLOK
Writer, CultureMap contributor

PARTNERS

DEEP ELLUM BREWING COMPANY

To show their dissatisfaction with the status quo, the four founders of Deep Ellum Brewing Company set up shop in Dallas' most nefarious neighborhood, and between their big personalities and their bigger beers, they have shown Big D what it's been missing. They 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.

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.

Desert Door | Texas Sotol

Desert Door Texas Sotol

Wild Harvested, Hand-Crafted Texas Sotol
Made by hand in Driftwood from wild-harvested West Texas sotol plants, Desert Door sotol is a premium spirit that tastes unquestionably of the land. The sweet citrusy and herbal flavor is reminiscent of a desert gin crossed with a smooth sipping tequila. This 800-year-old native Texas liquor is known by few, so walk through the door to the unknown with a bottle of Desert Door.

Grandes Vinos

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.

ALTO

ALTO

Alto is a local rideshare and delivery platform created to provide you the safest, cleanest, and highest quality passenger and delivery experience in the world. From their fingerprint background-checked employee drivers, to their company-owned fleet of vehicles monitored in real-time, Alto has set the industry standard.

BENEFICIARY

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization, providing access to more than 200,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families across a 13-county service area. In our last fiscal year, NTFB and our feeding network provided access to nearly 77 million meals. The need for hunger relief in North Texas is much larger; to combat increasing food insecurity in North Texas, the Food Bank recently launched a 10-year plan to provide access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.