The Charlie Awards is an annual event that celebrates the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities area restaurant, food and beverage industry. The 7th annual Charlie Awards will be held on Sunday, February 25th at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

The Charlie Awards recognizes the exceptional contributions of the new Twin Cities metro area food and restaurant industry, including:

• Restaurants
• Corporations and businesses (e.g. food suppliers, vendors, retailers, wholesalers)
• Institutions (e.g. hospitals and schools)
• Beverage manufacturers and suppliers (e.g. breweries, wineries, distillers, coffee, beer and wine crafters)
• Culinary schools
• Chefs
• Restaurant staff (e.g. wait staff, bartenders, maitre de, pastry chef)
• Breweries and Distilleries
• Bartenders
• Food Trucks
• Coffee Shops

The awards consist of two components – individuals and businesses honored by their peers and outstanding food and drink recognized by the public and industry leaders. Other than the award for outstanding restaurant (which is determined by a vote of all Twin Cities area restaurateurs), the awards for individuals and businesses are determined by a vote of past Charlie Awards honorees.

Lifetime Achievement
Community Hero
Outstanding Chef
Outstanding Emerging Chef (a professional working for less than five years)
Outstanding Service
Outstanding Bakery
Outstanding Bartender
Outstanding Food Truck

The Twin Cities/ St. Paul area restaurants determine the following honor:

Outstanding Restaurant

A panel of professionals determines the following honors:

Outstanding Brewery

Outstanding Distillery

History of The Charlie Awards

The awards are named after the legendary restaurant, Charlie’s Café Exceptionale, which was a mainstay in downtown Minneapolis until the 1980s. The Charlie Awards are created to recognize the organizations, businesses and individuals that comprise that our metro area restaurant, food and beverage industry to ensure a diverse, vibrant and creative lifestyle and economy.

Congratulations to the 2016 Charlie Award Honorees!

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT:

Lynne Rosetto Kasper, longtime and award-winning host of “The Splendid Table” which airs on American Public Radio.

COMMUNITY HERO:

Fernando Silva, lifesaving marrow donor and owner/chef at Harriet Brasserie in Linden Hills, Minneapolis.

OUTSTANDING CHEF:

J.D. Fratzke of Saint Dinette and Strip Club Meat & Fish

EMERGING FOOD PROFESSIONAL:

Eddie Wu, owner of COOK St. Paul

OUTSTANDING BAKERY:

Patisserie 46

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT:

Joan’s in the Park

OUTSTANDING FOOD TRUCK:

MidNord Empanada

OUTSTANDING BARTENDER:

Nathaniel Smith of Spoon & Stable

OUTSTANDING DISTILLERY:

Tattersall Distilling

OUTSTANDING BREWERY:

Town Hall Brewery