DTX Tastemakers 2015
Foodie Party

Tastemaker Awards finale treats Dallas foodies to their favorite pastime

Tastemakers finale treats Dallas foodies to their favorite pastime

2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Nick Padlo, Sondra Padlo, Erica Zeiler, Chris Molaro Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Karren Hodge, Mitchell McCradic Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Urban Taco Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Haley Finucane, Melissa Becker, Catherine Cody, Kirsten Williams, Alex Baker, Alyssa Harker Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Terry Keans, Steve Niyogi, Todd Weston Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Melissa Rountree and Jennifer Passanante Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Just a sampling of the nominated food. Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Kelsie Aziz, Alexis Aziz Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Christopher Nolan, Rachael Hess Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Jef Tingley, Darian Thomas Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Navin Hariprasad, Andrew Pettke, Sarah Hartshorne Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Beau Kelley, Missy Kelley, Sheyanne Sullivan, Elena Keperman, Jarrod Ermis Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Mary Anne Godines, Erica Pelletier, Alexa Hersh Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
The Celebrity Cruise Tasting Table Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Caroline Tabor, Mack Ward Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Public School 214 Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Nelly Mata, Wevondola Frazier Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Donnie Miller, Jami Eidem, Lisa Alvarez, Cory Yeager Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Kate Egan, Edward Chalupa, Michaelangelo Saucedo, Layla Najm Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Kirsten Weber, Natalie Westbrook Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Ashley Masterich Kelly Ervine Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Michelle Matunas, Bretton Patchett Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Peter Swanson, Kirsten Williams Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Bonnie Wilson from Whiskey Cake mixed up a potent Herradura cocktail Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Duck tacos from The Rustic Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
CrushCraft Thai Street Eats Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
The bartenders were also honored. Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Guests stopped to smile at ShutterQube before continuing into the party. Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
A nice selection of wine and beer, along with a Herradura margarita, was also available. Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Flowers creations by Dirt. Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Two Teslas were parked at the entrance. Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
Bonnie Wilson of Whiskey Cake Photo by Kelly Knight Photography
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards

At the 2015 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards, local foodies and restaurant industry insiders spilled out of the Empire Room, where they had gathered to celebrate — and sample — some of the best food and drink in the city. It was also the time and place to reveal this year's winners in our annual showcase of the top culinary talent.

Eager attendees paused to pose at the ShutterQube digital photo booth and win prizes from Celebrity Cruises before making a very difficult choice: Where to start?

The Bartender of the Year nominees took turns shaking up special creations made with Herradura tequila, and guests could also sip on Barefoot wines and craft beer from Alaskan and Odell. Wildflower-inspired florals by Dirt and furniture and decor provided by Fauxcades helped turn the Design District venue into a fun and funky party palace.

On the other side of the blue-lit room, a tantalizing array of nibbles awaited. Participating restaurants included Henry's Majestic, CrushCraft Thai Street Eats, The Rustic, The Second Floor by Scott Gottlich, Public School 214, Luscher's Red Hots, The Grape, Small Brewpub, Urban Taco, BBBop Seoul Kitchen and Cane Rosso. Pork was a popular ingredient, and tacos of various fillings were also crowd-pleasers.

Outside, Tiff's Treats handed out soft and warm cookies to those craving something sweet. In the VIP lounge, 40 lucky diners at the Celebrity Cruise Tasting Table were served a four-course meal by four of our nominated restaurants: Shinsei, Oso Food & Wine, Ser Steak + Spirits, and American Food and Beverage.

Joining our usual CultureMap revelers were nominees Jack Perkins (Maple & Motor), Matt McCallister (FT33), Kyle McClelland (Proof + Pantry), Jeff Harris (American Food and Beverage) and Omar Flores (Casa Rubia); judges Brian Luscher (The Grape), Eric Dreyer (Fearing's) and Michael Martensen (Proof + Pantry); and representatives Corey Admire, Jef Tingley and Darian Thomas from beneficiary Cafe Momentum.

Many were reluctant to leave when the event came to a close, perhaps hoping for one more morsel or mini cocktail. That just means there's more to look forward to at next year's awards.