Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards 2022
Tastemaker Awards

Fort Worth culinary superstars and food fans toast the 2022 Tastemaker Awards

Fort Worth culinary stars and food fans toast 2022 Tastemaker Awards

Kelci Cox, Erin Louis
Kelci Cox, Erin Louis Photo by Ashley Gongora
Carpenter's Cafe, Tastemaker Awards
The Asian Zing Nachos from Carpenter's Cafe were a fan favorite. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Michelle Payne, Rodney Lambert
Michelle Payne, Chef of the Year nominee Rodney Lambert Photo by Ashley Gongora
Nancy Lamb
Nancy Lamb Photo by Ashley Gongora
Kendra Richardson, Funky Town Fridge
Kendra Richardson of Funky Town Fridge talks about the mission of the organization. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Katherine Stephens, Jada Nicome, Michael Rihani, Jordan Rihani
Katherine Stephens, Jada Nicome, Michael Rihani, Jordan Rihani Photo by Ashley Gongora
Robert Yunger, Willie Lindsay, Robert Judy
Robert Yunger, Willie Lindsay, Robert Judy Photo by Ashley Gongora
Amanda Yunger, Shannon Osbakken, Sarah Allen
Chef of the Year nominee Amanda Yunger, Shannon Osbakken, Sarah Allen Photo by Ashley Gongora
Chloe Barney, Taylor Pena, Taylor McNair, Sara Maschmeyer
Chloe Barney, Taylor Pena, Taylor McNair, Sara Maschmeyer Photo by Ashley Gongora
Lauren Phillips, Andrea Ordonez
Lauren Phillips, Andrea Ordonez Photo by Ashley Gongora
Joseph Whitaker, Brandon Watson, Krystal Watson, Sarah Whitaker
Joseph Whitaker, Brandon Watson, Krystal Watson, Sarah Whitaker Photo by Ashley Gongora
Christopher Falcon, Sandra Falcon
Christopher Falcon, Sandra Falcon Photo by Ashley Gongora
Keely Burke, Greg Pawlowski
Keely Burke, Greg Pawlowski Photo by Ashley Gongora
Margie Shynk, Sarah White
Margie Shynk, Sarah White Photo by Ashley Gongora
Jenny Castor, Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards
Chef Jenny Castor accepts the Chef of the Year award from Jon Bonnell. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Dusty Biscuit, Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards
Dusty Biscuit Beignets won the Best New Restaurant online contest. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Zonk Burgers, vegan burger slider
Zonk Burgers' sliders were especially popular with vegans. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Potato-leek pizza, Pizza verde
Best New Restaurant nominee Pizza Verde's potato-leek pizza was also offered in gluten-free form. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Topo Chico, Tastemaker AWards
Topo Chico kept everyone hydrated. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Bar of the year, CJ Starr, Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards 2022
Emcee CJ Starr hands out the Bar of the Year award to Jada Nicome of The Lobby Bar at Hotel Dryce. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Lindsey Wilson, Jeff Hummel
Lindsey Wilson, Jeff Hummel Photo by Ashley Gongora
The Fitzgerald, Tastemaker Awards
The team behind Best New Restaurant nominee The Fitzgerald serves up its Yellowfin Tuna dish. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Josie Villa-Singleton, Celestina Blok, Crystal Willars Vastine
Josie Villa-Singleton, Celestina Blok, Crystal Vastine Photo by Ashley Gongora
WineHaus frose, Tastemaker awards
The froses from Bar of the Year nominee WineHaus were a hit. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Luckybee Kitchen, Tastemaker awards
The Instagrammy Parmesan Bagels from Luckybee Kitchen. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Carpenter's Cafe, Tastemaker Awards
Chef of the Year nominee Katrina Carpenter and the team from Carpenter's Cafe serve guests. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Danette Wicker
Danette Wicker Photo by Ashley Gongora
Bardstown Bourbon, Fort Worth Tastemakers
Bartenders poured signature cocktails featuring Bardstown Bourbon. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Tam Taylor, Melissa Howard, Stephanie Merry, Alex Martin, Tricia Dalton
Tam Taylor, Tricia Dalton, Stephanie Merry, Melissa Howard, Alex Martin Photo by Ashley Gongora
Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards, 4Eleven
A capacity crowd of 400 filled the 4 Eleven venue. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Courtside Kitchen, Tastemaker Awards
Best New Restaurant nominee Courtside Kitchen served house-made hummus. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Cinnamon Rolls, Ol' South
Candied bacon-topped cinnamon rolls from Ol' South Pancake House, winner of Best Breakfast. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Fabian Alvarado, Quincy Wallace
Chef of the Year nominee Fabian Alvarado, Quincy Wallace Photo by Ashley Gongora
Kelci Cox, Erin Louis
Carpenter's Cafe, Tastemaker Awards
Michelle Payne, Rodney Lambert
Nancy Lamb
Kendra Richardson, Funky Town Fridge
Katherine Stephens, Jada Nicome, Michael Rihani, Jordan Rihani
Robert Yunger, Willie Lindsay, Robert Judy
Amanda Yunger, Shannon Osbakken, Sarah Allen
Chloe Barney, Taylor Pena, Taylor McNair, Sara Maschmeyer
Lauren Phillips, Andrea Ordonez
Joseph Whitaker, Brandon Watson, Krystal Watson, Sarah Whitaker
Christopher Falcon, Sandra Falcon
Keely Burke, Greg Pawlowski
Margie Shynk, Sarah White
Jenny Castor, Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards
Dusty Biscuit, Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards
Zonk Burgers, vegan burger slider
Potato-leek pizza, Pizza verde
Topo Chico, Tastemaker AWards
Bar of the year, CJ Starr, Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards 2022
Lindsey Wilson, Jeff Hummel
The Fitzgerald, Tastemaker Awards
Josie Villa-Singleton, Celestina Blok, Crystal Willars Vastine
WineHaus frose, Tastemaker awards
Luckybee Kitchen, Tastemaker awards
Carpenter's Cafe, Tastemaker Awards
Danette Wicker
Bardstown Bourbon, Fort Worth Tastemakers
Tam Taylor, Melissa Howard, Stephanie Merry, Alex Martin, Tricia Dalton
Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards, 4Eleven
Courtside Kitchen, Tastemaker Awards
Cinnamon Rolls, Ol' South
Fabian Alvarado, Quincy Wallace

For the very first time, Fort Worth food fans and cocktail connoisseurs got to raise a glass to the city's top restaurants, bars, and culinary masters at the inaugural CultureMap Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards.

Held Tuesday, May 10 at the 4 Eleven venue, the evening not only honored the very best of Fort Worth's culinary scene, but it dished up a hedonistic feast for a capacity crowd of 400.

Nominated chefs and restaurants served spectacular bites, and hard-working bartenders whipped up cocktails at lightning speed. A portion of the proceeds benefited Funky Town Fridge, which fights food insecurity in Fort Worth.

Lines formed quickly for small plates and samples from some of Fort Worth's most popular and influential eateries, spread out across two stories in the historic building. Hungry guests were spotted going back for seconds for dishes including:

  • Asian Zing Nachos served on house-fried wonton chips from Chef of the Year nominee Katrina Carpenter of Carpenter's Cafe.
  • Shortrib with Peanut Butter and Jelly Sauces from Chef of the Year nominee Nico Sanchez of Del Toro BBQ.
  • Jerk-Seasoned Yellowfin Tuna Tostadas from Best New Restaurant nominee The Fitzgerald.
  • Enchiladas with Pappas Bravas and Elite Dulcet from Chef of the Year nominee Mary Perez of Enchiladas Ole.
  • Candied Bacon-topped Cinnamon Rolls from Best Breakfast nominee Ol' South Pancake House.
  • House-made Mushroom and Chickpea Sliders from Best New Restaurant nominee Zonk Burgers.
  • Parmesan Bagel with Honey, Whipped Cherry Farmers Cheese, and a dragonfly-shaped Black Garlic Tuille from Chef of the Year nominee Jenny Castor of Luckybee Kitchen.
  • Potato Leek Pizza from Best New Restaurant nominee Pizza Verde.
  • Mini King Cakes and French Quarter Beignets from Best New Restaurant nominee Dusty Biscuit Beignets.
  • Deviled Eggs with Koji Beet, Coconut Curry Yolk from Chef of the Year nominee Jenna Kinard of Jellico's.
  • Roasted Garlic Hummus with Watermelon Radish from Best New Restaurant nominee Courtside Kitchen.

And, Bar of the Year nominee WineHaus helped wash down the tasty bites with Haus-made Strawberry Frosés.

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 The Bardstown Bourbon Company: The Bardstown Bourbon Strawberry Smash, Bardstown Fusion Mule, and Dobel Ranch Water. 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 four categories from restaurants and bars across Fort Worth; acclaimed chef and last year's Tastemaker Hero Award winner Jon Bonnell pitched in to present the prestigious award for Chef of the Year.

The nominees and winners were selected by judges consisting of past winners, food and beverage industry experts, and CultureMap editors (Jason Suder, Celestina Blok, Malcolm Mayhew, Laurie Barker James, Eric Griffey, Amanda Going, Teresa Gubbins, and Stephanie Allmon Merry) — all except one category, Best New Restaurant, 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 Funky Town Fridge. Founder Kendra Richardson 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: Kelci Cox, Erin Louis, Josie Villa-Singleton, Crystal Vastine, Michelle Payne, Rodney Lambert, Nancy Lamb, Danette Wicker, Keely Burke, Greg Pawlowski, Christopher Falcon, Sandra Falcon, Margie Shynk, Sarah White, Joseph Whitaker, Brandon Watson, Krystal Watson, Sarah Whitaker, Lauren Phillips, Andrea Ordonez, Lindsey Wilson, Jeff Hummel, Chloe Barney, Taylor Pena, Taylor McNair, Sara Maschmeyer, Amanda Yunger, Shannon Osbakken, Sarah Allen, Robert Yunger, Willie Lindsay, Robert Judy, Katherine Stephens, Jada Nicome, Michael Rihani, Jordan Rihani, Fabian Alvarado, Quincy Wallacek Tam Taylor, Tricia Dalton, Melissa Howard, and Alex Martin.

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!