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Marisol Leiva, Caroline Sheridan, Paulina Leiva
Marisol Leiva, Caroline Sheridan, Paulina Leiva  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Grace Kelly, Christian Kelly, Laura Russell
Grace Kelly, Christian Kelly, Laura Russell  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Dayne Weaver, Jon Bonnell
Dayne Weaver of Dayne's Craft Barbecue hugs Fort Worth Hero Award winner, chef Jon Bonnell. Photo by Ashley Gongora
CJ Starr
Emcee CJ Starr kept the crowd entertained during the awards ceremony. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Tastemaker Awards Dallas-Fort Worth, VIP room, Amber Bufkin, Melanie Zacek, Faith Heitz
Amber Bufkin, Melanie Zacek, Faith Heitz Photo by Ashley Gongora
Troy Gardner, TLC Vegan Kitchen, Best Ghost Kitchen
TLC Vegan Kitchen won Best Ghost Kitchen, accepted by Troy Gardner. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Meadors Ozarow, Empire Baking
Dallas Hero Award winner Meadors Ozarow of Empire Baking. Photo by Ashley Gongora
John Wiewel, Maegan Eason, Ryann Spradley
John Wiewel, Maegan Eason, and Ryann Spradley of Deep Ellum Brewing. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Liz Mitchell, Bartender of Year, Thunderbird Station
Liz Mitchell of Thunderbird Station accepts her award for Bartender of the Year. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Danae Gutierrez, Harvest Project Food Rescue
Danae Gutierrez of Harvest Project Food Rescue, the event's beneficiary. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Cheese trio, Omni Dallas
Omni Dallas' super Instagrammy cheese ball "towers." Photo by Ashley Gongora
Mendocino Farms Not so Fried Chicken sandwich
Mendocino Farms' “Not So Fried” chicken sandwiches were a hit. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Tastemakers Dallas-Fort Worth, cocktail
Signature cocktails featured Maestro Dobel Tequila and Stranahan's Single Malt Whiskey. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Deep Ellum Brewing beer garden
The Deep Ellum Brewing "beer garden" provided a nice place to spread out and enjoy a cold one. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Darren Chankhamany, Tina Le
Darren Chankhamany, Tina Le Photo by Ashley Gongora
Matt Balke, Tastemakers Dallas Chef of Year
Matt Balke, Dallas Chef of the Year (Encina). Photo by Ashley Gongora
Tara Hollis, Darlene Hollis
Tara Hollis, Darlene Hollis  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Claudia Randalls, Gustavo Guevara
Claudia Randalls, Gustavo Guevara  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Topo Chico
Topo Chico kept everyone hydrated. Photo by Ashley Gongora