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CultureMap Reveals 2013 Tastemaker Award Nominees

By Virginia B. Wood, February 8, 2013, 11:10am, On the Range

Earlier this week, CultureMap hosted a reception at the historic Driskill Hotel to announce the nominees for their second annual Tastemaker Awards that recognize food and beverage achievements in Austin's hospitality industry.

Five nominees in each of six categories were selected by a panel of 12 local culinary experts and those judges will submit ballots to choose the final winners. The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held at the Driskill on Thursday, April 11. A limited number of tickets are on sale to the public. Our heartiest congratulations to the impressive list on nominees.


Barley Swine, Congress, The Carillon, La Condesa, Lenoir


Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside, Backspace, Olive & June); Tyson Cole (Uchi, Uchiko); Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine); Todd Duplechan (Lenoir); John Watkins (The Carillon)

Pastry Chef

Steven Cak (Parkside, Backspace, Olive & June); Jodi Elliott (Foreign & Domestic); Plinio Sandalio (The Carillon); Laura Sawicki (La Condesa, Sway); Jessica Maher (Lenoir)

Sommelier/Beverage Director

Bill Elsey (Red Room Lounge); Chris McFall (Paggi House); Mark Sayre (TRIO); Scott Ota (Driskill Hotel); Nathan Prater (Driskill Hotel)


Austin Beerworks; Hops & Grain; Jester King; Real Ale; Thirsty Planet

Craft Bartender

Jason Stevens (Bar Congress); Josh Loving (Clark's Oyster Bar); Tacy Rowland (Drink.Well); Steven Robbins (Contigo); Brian Dressel (Midnight Cowboy)

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