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12 top chefs, 500 partygoers and top-notch tequila shots make Tastemakers one helluva bash

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1 Wendy Reeves, from left, Leslie Snelgrove and Jill Szoke at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Wendy Reeves, from left, Leslie Snelgrove and Jill Szoke. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
22 Marlies Wasterval, from left, Brian Russell and Adam Roberts at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Marlies Wasterval, from left, Brian Russell and Adam Roberts. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
18 Charles Clark, from left, Adriana Banks and Greg and Jacey Cooper at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Charles Clark, from left, Adriana Banks and Grant and Jaci Cooper. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
3 Raif Rucker and Taylor Hornsby at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Raif Rucker and Taylor Hornsby. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
15 Donald Chang, from left, Brian Ottman, Peter Kim and Shawn Pyon at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Donald Chang, from left, Brian Ottman, Peter Kim and Shawn Pyon. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
23 Heather Heil and Jordan Economy at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Heather Heil and Jordan Economy. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
21 Ross Mizell, from left, Ian Idleman and Andrews Bryant at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Ross Mizell, from left, Ian Idleman and Andrews Bryant. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
20 Jessica Meyerson, left, and Hilary Rosenstein at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Jessica Meyerson, left, and Hilary Rosenstein. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
17 Jamsen Easley, from left, Lauren Hudgens and Lauren Sponberg at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Jamsen Easley, from left, Lauren Hudgens and Lauren Sponberg. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
16 Thuy Pham and Ricky Tiet at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Thuy Pham and Ricky Tiet. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
14 Troy Witherspoon, from left, Frank Krockenberger and Jon Denman at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Troy Witherspoon, from left, Frank Krockenberger and Jon Denman. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
19 The crowd at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
The crowd at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
10 Shawn Virene, from left, Shepard Ross, Erin Hicks and Shelley Kanter at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Shawn Virene, from left, Shepard Ross, Erin Hicks and Shelley Kanter. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
12 Lindsay Burleson, from left, Lindsay Beal, Dylan Carnes, Miriam Carillo and Dawn Callaway at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Lindsay Burleson, from left, Lindsay Beal, Dylan Carnes, Miriam Carillo and Dawn Callaway. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
13 Ashley Seddon, from left, Amy Chien, Fiona Deyoung and Darla Guillen at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Ashley Seddon, from left, Amy Chien, Fiona Deyoung and Darla Guillen. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
11 Lindsey Tischuk, from left, Leslie Fowler and Jaime Todd at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Lindsey Tischuk, from left, Leslie Fowler and Jaime Todd. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
9 David Vingilio, left, and Sergio Velasquez-Terjesen at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
David Vingilio, left, and Sergio Velasquez-Terjesen. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
8 D.J. John Tran and Melody Le at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
D.J. John Tran and Melody Le. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
7 Anni Hochhalter and Eddie Nam at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Anni Hochhalter and Eddie Nam. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
6 Marcy de Luna, from left, Mike Ricetti and Jennifer Howard at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Marcy de Luna, from left, Mike Ricetti and Jennifer Howard. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
5 Emily Goetz, from left, Jessica Baldwin and Eric Sandler at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Emily Goetz, from left, Jessica Baldwin and Eric Sandler. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
4 Patrick and Alice Kerley at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Patrick and Alice Kerley. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
2 Sarah Brenner and James Watkins at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
Sarah Brenner and James Watkins. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
1 Wendy Reeves, from left, Leslie Snelgrove and Jill Szoke at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
22 Marlies Wasterval, from left, Brian Russell and Adam Roberts at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
18 Charles Clark, from left, Adriana Banks and Greg and Jacey Cooper at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
3 Raif Rucker and Taylor Hornsby at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
15 Donald Chang, from left, Brian Ottman, Peter Kim and Shawn Pyon at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
23 Heather Heil and Jordan Economy at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
21 Ross Mizell, from left, Ian Idleman and Andrews Bryant at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
20 Jessica Meyerson, left, and Hilary Rosenstein at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
17 Jamsen Easley, from left, Lauren Hudgens and Lauren Sponberg at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
16 Thuy Pham and Ricky Tiet at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
14 Troy Witherspoon, from left, Frank Krockenberger and Jon Denman at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
19 The crowd at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
10 Shawn Virene, from left, Shepard Ross, Erin Hicks and Shelley Kanter at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
12 Lindsay Burleson, from left, Lindsay Beal, Dylan Carnes, Miriam Carillo and Dawn Callaway at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
13 Ashley Seddon, from left, Amy Chien, Fiona Deyoung and Darla Guillen at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
11 Lindsey Tischuk, from left, Leslie Fowler and Jaime Todd at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
9 David Vingilio, left, and Sergio Velasquez-Terjesen at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
8 D.J. John Tran and Melody Le at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
7 Anni Hochhalter and Eddie Nam at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
6 Marcy de Luna, from left, Mike Ricetti and Jennifer Howard at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
5 Emily Goetz, from left, Jessica Baldwin and Eric Sandler at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
4 Patrick and Alice Kerley at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014
2 Sarah Brenner and James Watkins at CultureMap's 2014 Tastemakers Awards May 2014

It was eat, drink and be very merry at Winter Street Studios Thursday night, when close to 500 revelers poured in for the first annual CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards. With a dozen chefs whipping up their tastiest party bites, Herradura tequila hosting a tequila lounge and with DJ Bizonee and Melodic spinning the discs, this party roared.

Intermittently during the night, winners of the 12 Tastemaker Awards were texted to partygoers, who also monitored their cell phones for news of Johnny Manziel's fate in the NFL draft.

Sharing time at the turntable, the DJs kept the decibels and the energy level ramped up while the throng played in the Smilebooth arena and perused the art-lined space where artists with Winter Street studios displayed their colorful works.

Much of the night's fun was schmoozing with Houston foodie headliners, a good number of whom perched in Herradura's tequila lounge. Among the notables were Clark Cooper Concepts' chef Charles Clark with Adriana Banks and Grant Cooper with wife Jaci, 60 Degrees sommelier Vanessa Trevino Boyd, Nara chef Donald Chang, Punk's Simple Southern Food GM Isaac Johnson, Brasserie 19's Shawn Virene, Brooklyn Athletic Club's Shepard Ross and cookbook author Erin Hicks.

Urban Harvest was beneficiary of the bash that was supported by sponsors Ben E. Keith, Herradura and Yellow Cab (love those taxi cab cookies). No surprise then that Yellow Cab prez Roman Martinez made the scene along with marketing whiz Cindy Clifford. Add Women of Wine charities, Java Pura and Good Pops to the mix of tasty contributors.

But the real VIPs of the evening were the chefs staffing the dozen of food stations where 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, Boheme, Trenza, Eatsie Boys Cafe, Mala Sichuan Bistro, Goro & Gun, Mr. Peeples, Triniti, Kuu, Ibiza, Nara and Coppa Osteria put their best food forward. Yum!

Mixing it up at the Winter Street Studios was a wide variety of guests that included young professionals, society types and foodies. The energized crowd included Cahal Mawery and Gabby Schmees, Travis Lenig, Annie and Dr. Amid Banjeree, Heather Rogers and Ben Nichols, Stuart Rosenberg, Marcy de Luna, Melody Le, Alyce and Patrick Kerley, Thuy Pham and Ricky Tiet, and CultureMap food writer Eric Sandler.

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