Dallas Tastemaker Awards 2022
Tastemaker Awards

Dallas culinary superstars and food fans toast the 2022 Tastemaker Awards

Dallas culinary superstars and food fans toast 2022 Tastemaker Awards

Nikki Morrill, Demitria Lowe, Ashley Michel, Thom Gibbons
Nikki Morrill, Demitria Lowe, Ashley Michel, Thom Gibbons Photo by Ashley Gongora
Ji Kang, Chef of the Year
Ji Kang poses with his Chef of the Year trophy. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Sueno Modern Tex Mex cocktails
The cocktails from Sueno Modern Tex-Mex drew long lines. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Russ Pereira, Dane Patterson, Lauren Bryan, Amber Henter, Greg Brown, Dean Norwood
Russ Pereira, Dane Patterson, Lauren Bryan, Amber Henter, Greg Brown, Dean Norwood Photo by Ashley Gongora
Jared Harms, Emily Harms
Jared Harms, Emily Harms Photo by Ashley Gongora
Demetra Miller, Micheal Bowen
Demetra Miller, Michael Bowen Photo by Ashley Gongora
Carlos Gonzalez, Salomon Miller
Carlos Gonzalez, Salomon Miller Photo by Ashley Gongora
Audrey Ste-Marie, Amanda Batsakis, Haley Naylor, Jessica Velasco, Kristen Stansbury
Audrey Ste-Marie, Amanda Batsakis, Haley Naylor, Jessica Velasco, Kristen Stansbury Photo by Ashley Gongora
Felipe & Clara Gutierrez
Felipe Gutierrez, Clara Gutierrez Photo by Ashley Gongora
David Limpede, Robert Kalaj, Jason Fulenchek
David Limpede, Robert Kalaj, and Jason Fulenchek of Brewery of the Year nominee Say When Brewing. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Yudith Bustos, Connor Caldwell, Viani Puerto
Yudith Bustos, Connor Caldwell, Viani Puerto Photo by Ashley Gongora
drummer Kyle Thomas
Drummer Kyle Thomas heightened the suspense during the awards ceremony. Photo by Ashley Gongora
CultureMap staff
CultureMap staff members pose in front of the flower wall. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Harvest Project
Danae Gutierrez speaks about Harvest Project Food Rescue. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Junior Borges, Meridian
Chef Junior Borges high-fives on his way to receive Restaurant of the Year award for Meridian. Photo by Ashley Gongora
CJ Starr
Comedian CJ Starr emceed. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Vector Brewing
The team from Vector Brewing shows off their Brewery of the Year trophy. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Amy La Rue, Pastry Chef of Year
Amy La Rue won Pastry Chef of Year. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Pegasus Pizza
Pegasus Pizza was not only serving pizza but tossing dough into the air. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Will Call bar
The team from double nominee Will Call Bar. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Ellie's
House-Made Truffle Ricotta & Coppa Ham Crostini from Ellie's Photo by Ashley Gongora
La Reve Gateau
Gateau from La Reve. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Nikki Morrill, Demitria Lowe, Ashley Michel, Thom Gibbons
Ji Kang, Chef of the Year
Sueno Modern Tex Mex cocktails
Russ Pereira, Dane Patterson, Lauren Bryan, Amber Henter, Greg Brown, Dean Norwood
Jared Harms, Emily Harms
Demetra Miller, Micheal Bowen
Carlos Gonzalez, Salomon Miller
Audrey Ste-Marie, Amanda Batsakis, Haley Naylor, Jessica Velasco, Kristen Stansbury
Felipe & Clara Gutierrez
David Limpede, Robert Kalaj, Jason Fulenchek
Yudith Bustos, Connor Caldwell, Viani Puerto
drummer Kyle Thomas
CultureMap staff
Harvest Project
Junior Borges, Meridian
CJ Starr
Vector Brewing
Amy La Rue, Pastry Chef of Year
Pegasus Pizza
Will Call bar
Ellie's
La Reve Gateau

It was all the very best food and drink at the 2022 DallasTastemaker Awards, CultureMap's celebration of the top restaurants, bars, and culinary masters, held at the Fashion Industry Gallery in downtown Dallas on Thursday, May 12.

Dozens of nominated chefs and restaurants dished out spectacular tastes in a hedonistic feast for 800 attendees. A portion of the proceeds benefited Harvest Project Food Rescue, which fights food insecurity in Dallas. 

Lines formed quickly for small plates and samples from some of Dallas' most popular and influential eateries. Buzzy dishes included "Fig & Pig" Pizza, one of four varieties served by Best New Pizza nominee Mission Pizza; Parisian Gnocchi from Restaurant of the Year nominee and Chef of the Year winner Sloane's Corner; Green Eggs and Jamón from Bar of the Year nominee Apothecary; "B.O.B." brisket-biscuit from Best New Restaurant nominee Loro; and Red Velvet and Coffee Caramel Petit Gâteau from Best Pastry Chef nominee Le Reve.

Best New Restaurant nominee Sueño Modern Tex-Mex had some of the longest lines of the night, and it's no wonder: They not only plated Tostaditas del Mar, but crafted two beautiful cocktails — one featuring serrano-pineapple tequila and the other, bourbon with raspberry-agave reduction and elderflower liqueur. Both Instagrammy drinks were "smoking" with dry ice and topped with delicate pink orchids.

Speaking of Instagrammy, it was impossible not to whip out the phone and shoot a quick vid of the rep from Best New Pizza nominee Pegasus Pizza tossing dough high into the air. (When it got caught in the rafters, he jumped up and retrieved it.)

VIP ticket-holders could arrive early to valet park easily and mingle at a dedicated bar just for them. Beer drinkers made themselves at home in the Beer Garden presented by Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Ellum Ranch Patio Water.

The main bar poured signature cocktails featuring the spirits of sponsors Maestro Dobel Tequila and Stranahan's Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskey: The Dobel Ranch Water, Black Diamond Margarita, Stranahan's Fireside Old Fashioned, and Strawberry Fields Mocktail. Guests paced themselves with plenty of Topo Chico.

But this party wasn't just a feeding frenzy; we had some awards to present. Celebrity emcee, comedian CJ Starr, announced winners in 11 categories from restaurants and bars across Dallas. Each time a new category was announced, drummer Kyle Thomas heightened the suspense with a dramatic snare drum roll.

The nominees and winners were selected by judges consisting of past winners, food and beverage industry experts, and CultureMap editors (Brooks Anderson, Matt Balke, Eric Dreyer, Liz Mitchell, Sara Nam, Carol Nguyen, Meaders Ozarow, Anastacia Quinones-Pittman, Corey Thomson, Amanda Albee, Hannah Davis, Tim Lavender, Vy Lu, Amy McCarthy, Marc Ramirez, and Teresa Gubbins) — all except one category, Best New Restaurant, which was selected by readers in a bracket-style competition on our website.

The winners were:

Winners accepted gorgeous glass trophies onstage and posed for pictures; some groups even streamed the presentation live on social media for their fans to watch at home.

Between feasting and celebrating, guests stopped to snap Insta-worthy photos at the photo booths and bought raffle tickets benefiting Harvest Project Food Rescue. Danae Gutierrez gave heartfelt remarks about the mission of the organization.

Spotted in the crowd, having great foodie fun, were Dallas dining VIPS, award nominees, and guests including: Yudith Bustos, Connor Caldwell, Viani Puerto, David Limpede, Robert Kalaj, Jason Fulenchek, Felipe Gutierrez, Clara Gutierrez, Carlos Gonzalez, Salomon Miller, Demitria Lowe, Nikki Morrill, Ashley Michel, Thom Gibbons, Demetra Miller, Michael Bowen, Jared Harms, Emily Harms, Russ Pereira, Dane Patterson, Lauren Bryan, Amber Henter, Greg Brown, Dean Norwood, Audrey Ste-Marie, Amanda Batsakis, Haley Naylor, Jessica Velasco, and Kristen Stansbury.

Hungry to be a part of it all next year? You can read about all the winners here, and we'll see you in 2023. Cheers!