It was a celebration a very long time within the making. For greater than a 12 months, we have known as on our eating places and bars to embrace their tenacity and confront unprecedented difficulties — all within the effort to feed Austin. The time lastly got here for the neighborhood to have a good time these native culinary champs in type.

On August 5, Austin’s Honest Market hosted the 2021 CultureMap Tastemaker Awardsmarking our signature ceremony and tasting occasion’s return to an in-person affair, following 2020’s digital program.

Previous to the doorways opening formally for the festivities, VIP company toasted the nominees and our nonprofit beneficiary, the Central Texas Meals Financial institutionwhereas sipping some pleasant cocktails from Maestro Dobel Tequila different Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskeyplus crushable craft beers from Oscar Blues Brewery.

As soon as the doorways flung huge and a flood of discerning Austin foodies arrived, the complete fete started, with glamorously adorned company merrily relishing the chance to reunite, honor Austin’s restaurant and bar heroes, and dine on really delicious bites.

Amid the vigorous celebration environment, company strolled from one featured restaurant sales space to the subsequent, savoring bites like Honey Moon Spirit Lounge‘s crab rice, Cuantos Tacos‘brisket-licious campechana tacos, love supreme‘s completely named and roasted corn ribs, and the fiery chilli wontons from Previous Thousandwhich, after just a few nibbles, necessitated a go to to the Topo Chico stand for some cooling refreshment.

San Antonio eating places additionally introduced their A-game, with Mi Roti‘s spice-driven jerk rooster bowl, Cuishe Cocina Mexicana‘s tacos de lengua, and land race‘s wagyu New York strip steak getting plenty of completely satisfied nods from company.

Some sensible company opted for dessert first, scooping up cookies from Swedish Hill and mouthwatering strawberry choux from Uchiko’s Ariana Quantwho would later win the title of Austin Pastry Chef of the 12 months.

Completely killing it within the emcee division was Alamo Drafthouse founder and dapperly dressed TimLeaguewho cheerfully revealed all of the deserving Tastemaker winners — see all of them right here. Damien Brockway of distant relations was honored as Austin’s Rising Chef of the 12 months, whereas Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d’Oro was named Austin’s Chef of the 12 months, and adored East Austin taqueria nixta scored the award for Austin Restaurant of the 12 months.

Chef Nicola Blaque of The Jerk Shack and Mi Roti netted the San Antonio Chef of the 12 months win, and husband-and-wife-owned café clementine was named San Antonio Restaurant of the 12 months.

All in all, it was a celebratory night stuffed with admirable toasts, new and longtime pals, and memorable bites from a number of the area’s favourite eateries. We’re already craving extra and might’t wait to toast you at subsequent 12 months’s CultureMap Tastemaker Awards.

Picture by Kristy Duff

Friends clamored to commemorate the event at a number of picture sales space spots.

Guests clamored to commemorate the occasion at several photo booth spots.

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