Tastemaker Awards 2016 Dallas
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5 reasons every Dallas foodie should attend the 2016 Tastemaker Awards

5 reasons every Dallas foodie should attend the Tastemaker Awards

2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Get ready to eat and drink at the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, May 19 at the Hall of State. Photo by Kelly Knight Photography

You've read about the nominees and voted for your favorite new restaurants. Now it's time to indulge in the 2016 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards.

The party takes place May 19 at the Hall of State in Fair Park, and you won't want to miss it. Don't believe us? Here are five delicious reasons why you should buy tickets right now.

1. The food. Obviously.
Dallas' top restaurants are bringing their A-game with tasting plates featuring some of their best dishes. We're talking Japanese sea bream with shiso and lemon from Uchi; house-made meatballs with San Marzano tomato sauce and Parmesan from Americano; red snapper crudo with aji amarillo, finger limes, and crispy plantains from Knife; and lamb croquettes with cauliflower tabbouleh from Mudhen Meat and Greens. And that's just a sampling.

2. More food.
It wouldn't be the Tastemaker Awards without an abundance of lip-smacking goodies, so the menu doesn't stop with savory plates. There will also be dessert from Haute Sweets Patisserie, Front Room Tavern, and Fluff Bake Bar. Lemon snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich, anyone?

3. You get to watch master mixologists in action.
Danny Caffall (the Mansion Bar), Kyle Hilla (The Theodore), and Zach Potts (Remedy) are not only competing for the title of Bartender of the Year; they'll also be showing off their craft. Sip exclusive, never-before-tasted Tequila Herradura cocktails during the event, and just try to pick a favorite.

4. Photos that are good enough to eat.
If it's not documented in a photo booth, did it ever really happen? At the Tastemaker Awards, you can practice your model moves while chowing down on these two tasty ideas. Instacookies, from Kellie's Baking Co., magically frosts your pic on a cookie. And Whole Foods will be onsite with a photo booth and a massive cheese display, perfect for your next #goals post.

5. Meet "the father of Southwestern cuisine."
Chef Dean Fearing, of his eponymous restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, is our distinguished emcee. Hardly anyone knows more about food than this Dallas culinary legend, and this is a prime opportunity to rub elbows with the best in the biz.

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Buy tickets now to the Tastemaker Awards on May 19 at Hall of State. Learn more about the program here.