The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is our celebration of San Antonio's top restaurant and bar talent, as selected by their peers. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.Join us April 26 at The Espee for our San Antonio tasting event and awards ceremony, hosted by Sarah Foragny of KENS. We’ll celebrate all of the nominees and unveil the winners, and you’ll sample bites and sip specialty drinks along the way.Get to know all of the nominees in a special editorial series leading up to the event, then join us April 26 as we toast the Tastemakers.CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
April 26, 2022
GA 7 pm | VIP 6 pm
The Espee



NOMINEES

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
2M Smokehouse
Brasserie Mon Chou Chou
Curry Boys
Landrace
Maverick
Pinch Boil House
Playland
Southerleigh Haute South
CHEF OF THE YEAR
Jason Dady, Jardin
Jesse Kuykendall, Milpa
Kenny Loo, Scorpion
Steve McHugh, Landrace
Laurent Réa, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou
Ceasar Zepeda, Sangria on the Burg
BAR OF THE YEAR
Amor Eterno
Bar 1919
Bar Loretta
Hugman's Oasis
The Modernist
Rock and Rye
Three Star Bar
Tony's Siesta
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Allora
Ambler Texas Kitchen & Cocktails
Arrosta
Box St. All Day
Dashi Sichuan Kitchen & Bar
Naco 210
Sari-Sari Supper Club
Up Scale
BEST BREWERY
Black Laboratory Brewing
Dorcol Distilling & Brewing Co.
Freetail Brewing Co.
Islla Street Brewing
Künstler Brewing
Roadmap Brewing Co.
Weathered Souls Brewing Co.



PARTICIPANTS

Allora
2022 Best New Restaurant Nominee

Jardin
2022 Chef of the Year Nominee

Maverick
2022 Restaurant of the Year Nominee

Naco 210
2022 Best New Restaurant Nominee

Landrace
2022 Restaurant of the Year Nominee
2022 Chef of the Year Nominee

Sangria on the Burg
2022 Chef of the Year Nominee

Cuishe Cocina Mexicana
2021 Best New Restaurant Nominee

Dashi Sichuan Kitchen & Bar
2022 Best New Restaurant Nominee

Milpa
2022 Chef of the Year Nominee



Jeff Balfour
Chef/Owner, Southerleigh Hospitality Group
2021 Best New Restaurant

Nicola Blaque
Chef/Owner, The Jerk Shack
2021 Chef of the Year

Stephan Mendez
Beverage Director, Esquire Tavern
2021 Bar of the Year

John Russ
Chef/Owner, Clementine
2021 Restaurant of the Year

Chantal Rice
Editor, CultureMap Austin + San Antonio

Brandon Watson
Contributor, CultureMap San Antonio

JUDGES

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PARTNERS

MAESTRO DOBEL TEQUILA
The artisanal process of Dobel Tequila starts when agave plants are carefully selected and meticulously cared for during their cultivation.
These agaves are harvested when there is peak concentration of sugars and notable agave essences in the flavor. This mixture is slow cooked for 72 hours to extract the sugar, creating the special characteristics of Dobel ultra-premium tequilas.The fermentation phase is 100% natural. A double-distillation process slowly and carefully removes any traces of the agave plant and achieves the purest tequila.

STRANAHAN'S ROCKY MOUNTAIN SINGLE MALT WHISKEY
Stranahan’s Original is a small batch American single malt whiskey, aged in new American white oak barrels with a #3 char for a minimum of four years, before being cut to a 94 proof with Rocky Mountain spring water.
Made with locally sourced grains, Rocky Mountain spring water, and patience, every bottle is a marriage of barrels aged for four, five, six, and seven years.Non-chill filtered, and 47% ABV for a bold flavor. Enjoy neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite classic whiskey cocktail.From grain to glass, Stranahan’s Original is distilled and bottled at its Colorado distillery, the state’s first legal distillery after prohibition.

TOPO CHICO
Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water has been bottled at source in Monterrey, Mexico, since 1895. Refreshing and versatile, it satisfies your thirst or serves as a perfect mixer.

DEEP ELLUM BREWING CO.
In 2011, Deep Ellum Brewing Company opened a brewery in Dallas for one reason: to make damn good beer. Ten years later, they are still pushing boundaries with a unique lineup of smooth and assertive beers, including Dallas Blonde and Deep Ellum IPA. Deep Ellum Brewing’s commitment to quality, community, and creativity drives them to make craft beer better and bolder for adventurous drinkers across Texas and beyond.

ELLUM RANCH PATIO WATER
Introducing Ellum Ranch Patio Water, a ranch water for city slickers. Because the only thing you can shoot is an email. Inspired by the West Texas cocktail, Ellum Ranch is a refreshingly tart hard seltzer made with 3% real lime juice, salt, and natural electrolytes. Grab a can and pull up a chair — we’ll be here a while.

REAL ALE BREWING CO.
Since 1996, Real Ale Brewing Co. has been brewing in Blanco, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. When you get to make beer in a place like this, you develop a greater appreciation for the simpler things in life: fresh air, wide-open spaces, and working with your hands. Real Ale believes doing less to the beer actually creates more complexity, aroma, and flavor. In addition to being unfiltered and unpasteurized, Real Ale never uses preservatives or artificial colors. They start with water from the nearby Blanco River and the highest quality ingredients, then take the time to allow all the unique characteristics of the ingredients to shine.

11 BELOW BREWING CO.
Founded by former oilfield engineers, 11 Below strives to create high-quality, approachable beers that become your go-to beer no matter the occasion. With six year-round beers, a rotating seasonal beer, and a variety of hoppy and dark special releases, 11 Below has a little something for everyone. Going into its seventh year, 11 Below continues to support and help grow the craft beer scene in Houston, and is proud to call H-town home.

H-E-B
Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience and lowest prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 120,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers at its more than 400 stores in more than 300 communities. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 115th anniversary this year. For more information, visit HEB.com and HEB.com/newsroom.



BENEFICIARY

San Antonio Food BankThe San Antonio Food Bank takes pride in fighting hunger, feeding hope in its 29 county service area. Founded in 1980, the San Antonio Food Bank has grown to serve 90,000 individuals a week in one of the largest service areas in Texas. Its focus is for clients to have food for today, but to also have the resources to be self-sufficient in the future.In addition to fighting hunger, the San Antonio Food bank educates and provides assistance through a variety of programs and resources available to families, individuals, seniors, children, and military members in need.



EVENT MAP

MENU

Allora
Lemoncello
Lemon Curd, Hazelnut Streusel, Blueberry, Maple Chantilly

Jardin
Beef Tartare
Wasabi Kewpie, Furikake, Spicy Crunchy English Peas, Ginger, and Togarashi Cashews

Maverick
Pork, Duck, Pistachio,
and Blueberry Pate
Served over Crostini with Pickled Veggies

Dashi Sichuan Kitchen & Bar
Poached Fish
Paired with Cucumber and Mung Bean Sprout Salad

Sangria on the Burg
Pork Carnita Crepes

Landrace
Peeler Farms Wagyu Beef Tartare
Traditionally Prepared, Smoked Creme Fraiche, Crostini, and Urban Microgreens

Naco 210
Huitlacoche Cake
Blue Pinole Praline and Epazote Mousse

Milpa
Carnita Tacos

Cuishe Cocina Mexicana
Carpaccio de Lengua
Beef Tongue Carpaccio with Citrus Sauce

Tu Asador
Discada
Regional Dish Made with Sausage, Sirloin, Bacon, Pork,
and Pork Chorizo, Topped with Cheese