And the Tastemaker Award Winners Are . . .
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The 2013 Austin CultureMap Tastemaker Awards were hosted last night at the historical Driskill Hotel, and the winners are as follows:
Best Craft Bartender: Tacy Rowland of Drink.Well
Best Craft Brewery: Jester King Craft Brewery
Best Pastry Chef: Laura Sawicki of La Condesa and Sway
Best Sommelier: Mark Sayre of TRIO in the Four Seasons
Best Restaurant: Lenoir
Best Chef: Todd Duplechan of Lenoir
The ceremony also announced the winner of the 2013 CultureMap New Restaurant Challenge, which was chosen by online voters on the CultureMap website. Epicerie Cafe & Grocery was named the people’s choice among a pool of sixteen other restaurant nominees. [Full disclosure: Texas Monthly‘s Pat Sharpe was one of the six judges who selected the nominees in each of the categories this year.]