MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Chances are you’ve got an award-winning restaurant or dish right outside your back door, and many of them were honored Sunday night.
The third annual Charlie Awards were held at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis.
The “Charlie Awards” not only honor the best chef and best restaurateur in the Twin Cities, but they also honor the best dishes in certain neighborhoods.
Sue Zelickson founded the Charlie Award’s three years ago, and named the awards after Charlie’s Café Exceptionale, which for 50 years was the Twin Cities’ most talked-about eatery. Jim Surdyk’s parents actually met at the restaurant, and now Surdyk’s liquor and cheese shop is a cornerstone of the local food scene.
A portion of the proceeds benefit Open Arms of Minnesota, a non-profit that cooks and delivers free meals for people in need.
Here is the full list of winners:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Lucia Watson
COMMUNITY HERO & OUTSTANDING NEIGHBOR: Tracy Singleton, Birchwood Café
OUTSTANDING CHEF: Sameh Wadi, Saffron and World Street Kitchen
EMERGING FOOD PROFESSIONAL: Tyler Shipton
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF: Diane Yang, La Belle Vie
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT SERVICE: La Belle Vie
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT: Butcher & The Boar
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT DESIGN: Julie Snow Architects for Burch Steakhouse
OUTSTANDING BARTENDER: Dan Oskey, The Strip Club
OUTSTANDING FOOD TRUCK ITEM Indi Frites, Hot Indian Foods
OUTSTANDING LOCAL CRAFT BREW Lift Bridge Brewery, Hop Dish IPA
OUTSTANDING MENU ITEM: Corner Table, Crispy Pork Belly