Tastemaker Awards and Tequila Tastings

We’re going to go ahead and call it: April is Foodie Month in Austin. Last night, local culinary and cocktail enthusiasts came together at the Driskill Hotel for the first annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards – a celebration of the chefs, restaurants and mixologists who continue to (literally) bring innovative ideas to the table, earning Austin a coveted spot on every foodie’s must-visit list.

So who won which award? Chef David Bull walked away with the title of Best Chef for his continually impressive fare at Congress — a nod to Austin’s growing appreciation for fine dining and inventive cuisine. Uchi/Uchiko swept in the Best Restaurant, Décor and Chef Philip Speer brought home Best Pastry Chef Award — all further evidence of the indelible mark that Chef Tyson Cole has made on Austin’s culinary community. For a look at the other winners, check out this recap from CultureMap, Austin’s daily digital magazine (and official Festival media partner).

Last night was also Ambhar Tequila’s Austin FOOD & WINE Festival Preview Party at the Marketplace Hancock Twin Liquors location. Guests enjoyed Ambhar’s signature Blackberry Smash cocktail while also sampling the full array of the agave-based spirits and snacking on authentic street tacos.

Happy Foodie Month, Austin!