Austin CultureMap Tastemaker Award Nominees Announced

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CultureMap, a digital news and entertainment outlet, announced the nominees for the second annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards this afternoon.

The ceremony honors the individual achievements of up-and-coming restaurants and talented chefs, bartenders, and brewers in the Austin culinary scene. (Full disclosure: I am a contributor to CultureMap and Texas Monthly‘s food editor Patricia Sharpe is sitting on the panel of twelve food and wine experts.)

The Tastemaker nominees are as follows:


Barley Swine
The Carillon
La Condesa


Shawn Cirkiel (The Backspace, Parkside, Olive & June)
Tyson Cole (Uchi, Uchiko)
Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine)
Todd Duplechan (Lenoir)
Josh Watkins (The Carillon)

Pastry Chef

Steven Cak (The Backspace, Parkside, Olive & June)
Jodi Elliott (Foreign & Domestic)
Plinio Sandalio (The Carillon)
Laura Sawicki (La Condesa)
Jessica Maher (Lenoir)

Wine and Beverage Service 

Bill Elsey (Red Room Lounge)
Chris McFall (Paggi House)
Mark Sayre (Trio)
Scott Ota (Driskill)
Nathan Prater (Driskill)


Austin Beerworks
Hops & Grain
Jester King
Real Ale
Thirsty Planet

Craft Bartender 

Jason Stevens (Bar Congress)
Josh Loving (Clark’s)
Tacy Rowland (Drink.Well)
Steven Robbins (Contigo)
Brian Dressel (Midnight Cowboy)

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards will take place at the Driskill Hotel in Austin on Thursday, April 11. To purchase tickets to the ceremony, visit the CultureMap Austin website.

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