About Tastemaker Awards

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are an annual celebration of talent in Houston's restaurant and bar community, as selected by their peers. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the city's restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

In March and April, we'll feature all the nominees in a special editorial series. Then join us on April 18 at Asia Society Texas Center for a swanky tasting event and awards ceremony, emceed by Bryan Caswell, where we'll celebrate the nominees and unveil the winners. Join us to mix and mingle with the city's top culinary talent and fellow foodies.

Watch Highlights from Last Year's Tastemaker Awards

Chow Down

Whole Foods Market helps you be a Tastemaker in your own kitchen

by Promoted Article Correspondent

6.9.17  |  1:00 pm

Lee Ellis and Jim Mills, winners of the best new restaurant at this year's CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards for ...

Texas Tastemakers

These are the best restaurants and bars in Texas for 2017

by Arden Ward

4.24.17  |  4:03 pm

Each year we hold a Texas-sized celebration of two of the things we love most: food and drink. The annual ...

CultureMap Tastemaker Awards

Partygoers celebrate top H-Town culinary talent at Tastemaker Awards

by Marcy de Luna

4.20.17  |  1:24 pm

Delicious bites delighted, tasty sips flowed, and lively beats amped up the vibe as more than 700 Houstonians turned out ...

Behold the Winners!

Houston Tastemaker Awards winners revealed: Big champ snags 3 honors

by Eric Sandler

4.18.17  |  11:19 pm

Your attention, please. Here are the winners of the 2017 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. These are Houston's best culinary professionals ...

Meet The Tastemakers

Houston's 10 best restaurants lead city's wondrous culinary movement

by Eric Sandler

4.18.17  |  3:26 pm

The final category reveal in the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is the most prestigious of all: Restaurant of the Year. As ...

Meet The Tastemakers

The 9 best chefs in Houston lead the way as creators and mentors

by Eric Sandler

4.17.17  |  12:40 pm

By any measure, Houston has achieved unprecedented levels of national attention for its diverse culinary scene. While lots of people ...

Meet The Tastemakers

Houston's top 6 pastry chefs have us sweet on desserts

by Eric Sandler

4.14.17  |  10:00 am

On reality cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped, chefs complain mightily when they're required to prepare a dessert ...

Meet The Tastemakers

The best restaurants and bars in Houston to savor a glass of wine

by Eric Sandler

4.12.17  |  11:18 am

In the run-up to the Tastemaker Awards, CultureMap’s annual celebration of the best of Houston’s bar and restaurant ...

Best New Restaurant Final Four

It's down to Final Four in voting for Houston's Best New Restaurant

by Eric Sandler

4.11.17  |  8:28 am

After a weekend’s worth of voting that saw back and forth totals in all four matchups, the final four ...

Meet The Tastemakers

The 9 best bartenders in Houston really know how to pour it on

by Eric Sandler

4.10.17  |  10:42 am

Compared to previous years, this year’s CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Bartender of the Year finalists are a little unusual. Not ...

Round Two

Intriguing matchups among Elite 8 in Best New Restaurant voting

by Eric Sandler

4.7.17  |  10:07 am

For the most part, the favorites moved on in the first round of the Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant voting ...

Best New Restaurant

16 best new restaurants in Houston compete for top Tastemaker title

by Eric Sandler

4.5.17  |  10:58 am

Nine out of this year’s 10 categories in the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are decided by our panel of restaurant ...

Meet the Tastemakers

The 9 best bars in Houston offer quality and consistency

by Eric Sandler

3.28.17  |  1:53 pm

Undoubtedly, the task of sorting through Houston’s hundreds of bars to arrive at the nine finalists for the CultureMap ...

Meet the Tastemakers

Houston's 9 best neighborhood restaurants make us feel right at home

by Eric Sandler

3.21.17  |  10:01 am

Casual, affordable, accessible — neighborhood restaurants may not show up on most best-of lists, but they’re the restaurants that most ...

Meet The Tastemakers

Meet 8 talented Houston chefs on the brink of stardom

by Eric Sandler

3.14.17  |  10:15 am

Our profiles of this year’s nominees for the 2017 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards begins with one of the event’s ...

Taste of the Tastemakers

Houston's tastiest food and drink celebration returns for 2017

by Arden Ward

3.7.17  |  1:42 pm

It's time to celebrate two of the things we love most: food and drink. April marks the return of ...

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