Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Foodies and young professionals have lots of reasons to celebrate at Tastemaker Awards party

Foodies and young professionals celebrate at Tastemaker Awards party

Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015,  Heather Mellinger, Melissa Cox, Jennifer Jamali
Heather Mellinger, from left, Melissa Cox and Jennifer Jamali. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Alex Gregg, Leslie Ross
Alex Gregg and Leslie Ross. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Madeline Little, Brittany Koger
Madeline Little and Brittany Koger. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Lonnie and Candace Schiller
Lonnie and Candace Schiller. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Chris and Huong Brown
Chris and Huong Brown. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Danny and Tessa Trace, Jessica and Bobby Matos
Danny and Tessa Trace, from left, and Jessica and Bobby Matos. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Daniela Falero, Lucy Galvan
Daniela Falero, left, and Lucy Galvan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Lizzie Andrews, Olivia Flores, James Fonger
Lizzie Andrews, from left, Olivia Flores and James Fonger. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Melodie Adams, Cecily Ojeda
Melodie Adams, left, and Cecily Ojeda. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Vassaly Sivanthaphanith, Martin Weaver, Nguyet Nguyen
Vassaly Sivanthaphanith, from left, Martin Weaver and Nguyet Nguyen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Thuy Pham, Grace Coonrod, Tuyet Pham
Thuy Pham, from left, Grace Coonrod and Tuyet Pham. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015,  Rhonda Glass
Rhonda Glass. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Julie Marin, Aimme Putnam, Katy Dunbar
Julie Marin, from left, Aimme Putnam and Katy Dunbar. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Carlos Gonzalez, Sheryl Weinstock
Carlos Gonzalez and Sheryl Weinstock. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Chris Cusack, Abby and Reed Shilger
Chris Cusack, from left, and Abby and Reed Shilger. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Paul Fulcher, Adele Corrigan, Randy Evans
Paul Fulcher, from left, Adele Corrigan and Randy Evans. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, John Picton, Erin Schroeder
John Picton and Erin Schroeder. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Luisa Guerra, Cheryl Gibbs, Brandon Ricks, Elizabeth Thomas
Luisa Guerra, from left, Cheryl Gibbs, Brandon Ricks and Elizabeth Thomas. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Edet Okon, Bunmi Ogunleye, Jennifer DiMaggio
Edet Okon, from left, Bunmi Ogunleye and Jennifer DiMaggio. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Isable Velez, Nhi Kieu
Isable Velez and Nhi Kieu. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Paige Moore
Artist Paige Moore. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Drinks
Drinks at Tastemakers. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015,  Heather Mellinger, Melissa Cox, Jennifer Jamali
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Alex Gregg, Leslie Ross
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Madeline Little, Brittany Koger
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Lonnie and Candace Schiller
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Chris and Huong Brown
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Danny and Tessa Trace, Jessica and Bobby Matos
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Daniela Falero, Lucy Galvan
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Lizzie Andrews, Olivia Flores, James Fonger
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Melodie Adams, Cecily Ojeda
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Vassaly Sivanthaphanith, Martin Weaver, Nguyet Nguyen
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Thuy Pham, Grace Coonrod, Tuyet Pham
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015,  Rhonda Glass
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Julie Marin, Aimme Putnam, Katy Dunbar
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Carlos Gonzalez, Sheryl Weinstock
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Chris Cusack, Abby and Reed Shilger
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Paul Fulcher, Adele Corrigan, Randy Evans
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, John Picton, Erin Schroeder
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Luisa Guerra, Cheryl Gibbs, Brandon Ricks, Elizabeth Thomas
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Edet Okon, Bunmi Ogunleye, Jennifer DiMaggio
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Isable Velez, Nhi Kieu
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Paige Moore
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Drinks

Ah, the grazing fields and watering holes of Tastemakers. Twelve chef-driven food stations, a Whole Foods cheese extravaganza, six bars, sleek Jaguars on display and generous pours from Herradura tequila and Emilio Moro wines — Wednesday night's food and drink fest rocked Silver Street Studios with a sellout crowd of more than 600.

The CultureMap event saluted H-Town's winning mixologists and chefs, presenting awards in nine categories including Best New Restaurant to Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, which was selected in online voting by CultureMap readers.

Foodies reveled in the offerings that included Mascalzone's prime rib porcini wrap and halibut ceviche, the latter so popular that guests had consumed it all well before night's end. Bernie's Burger Bus provided sliders and Dosi dished up Korean smoked brisket street dumplings, while H-E-B's Table 57 rocked the food scene with its amazing ribs. Common Bond and Tout Suite (finalist for best new restaurant) dispensed the sweet treats.

Houston newcomer Zifty.com provided food and drink delivery service from the various stations to those who bought premium tickets for the select seating and service in the VIP lounge. Entertainment across the vast space included artists from the Washington Avenue Arts District, who created original works as the throng partied around them, and the ever-popular Smilebooth. And of course, there were those two Jags from Jaguar Houston Central to put on our wish list.

As much as it is an eat, drink and be merry evening, Tastemakers provide foodies the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the city's top toque talents.

As much as it is an eat, drink and be merry evening, Tastemakers provides foodies the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the city's top toque talents and restaurateurs. Among those making the rounds were Brennan's chef Danny Trace and GM Carl Walker, Weights + Measures' Richard Kaplan, Table 57's Randy Evans, Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette's Travis Lenig, Pax Americana owner Shepard Ross, cookbook author Erin Hicks, La Colombe d'Or's Dan Zimmerman and many more.

Loved the celeb mixologists who rotated through the Bartender of the Year Showcase Bar. Each created an original cocktail employing Herradura as the fiery ingredient. Muchas gracias Richard Middleton, Leslie Ross, Brandon Ricks, Alexander Gregg, Laurie Sheddan Harvey and Bartender of the Year Lainey Collum.

When they weren't sampling the creative cocktails or margaritas, guests could quash their thirst with brewskies from Alaskan Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company.

As the party close approached, organizers opened the trunk of the Jaguar sedan and filled it with boxes of Tiff's Treats, fresh from the oven, a sweet close to a delicious night.

The party crowd included Lisa Gochman, Candice and Lonnie Schiller, Tessa Trace, Jessica and Bobby Matos, Chris Cusack, Abby and Reed Shilger, Holly McAllister, Oana Borcoman, Tiffany Hallick, Trevor Thompson, Emily Shuffield, Paul Fulcher, Rachel Ebersole, Alex Gregg, Tuyet Pham, Vassaly Sivanthaphanith, Martin Weaver and Nguyet Nguyen.