The party takes place May 17 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, 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.
San Antonio and Austin's top restaurants are bringing their A-game with tasting plates featuring some of their best dishes. We're talking foie gras au torchon from Brigid; hamachi crudo with lime, gochujang, and Meyer lemon from Shuck Shack; and five-spice braised pork belly from Wu Chow — 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 plenty of desserts, including chocolate Nutella mousse from Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar and vanilla bean ice cream with lemon curd and shortbread crumble from Spun Ice Cream. Still hungry? Take Tiff's Treats home as a party favor.
3. You get to watch master mixologists in action.
Austin bartenders Justin Elliott (The Townsend), Justin Lavenue (The Roosevelt Room), Jessica Sanders (drink.well.), Ania Robbins (drink.well.), Madelyn Kay (Vox Table), and Jennifer Keyser (Geraldine's) are not only competing for the Austin 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 vote for your 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 this tasty idea: Kellie's Baking Co. will magically frost "Instacookies" out of your pics from the SUM Booth. You can also create-your-own GIF at one (or both) of the My Event is the Bomb photo stations.
5. Meet the "de facto ambassador for Texas."
Chef Tim Love of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Love Shack, Queenie's Steakhouse, White Elephant Saloon, and Woodshed Smokehouse is our distinguished emcee. This Texas native is best known for his modern Western cuisine, but his colorful charisma will make the awards ceremony a can't-miss portion of the evening's festivities.