Cochon 555 is bringing its prestigious and pork-centric culinary competition to Minneapolis for the first time and local chefs are getting involved. Launched in 2009 by Brady Lowe, Cochon 555 aims to promote sustainable heritage pig breed diversity and whole animal utilization.
That’s because on Tuesday, December 16, all Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota (and select Wisconsin locations) will donate 50 percent of the day’s proceeds to the local program, which distributes toys to children whose parents can’t afford to buy them gifts for the holidays.
Three cheers and a flashback look to another year of the fun Charlie Awards, which found us seeing some great old friends and smiling faces at every turn. The theme this fourth year was “Honor Thy Food,” which wowed us on stage at the Pantages, then was followed by the “Palate-Pleasing Post-Party” of cocktails and food sampling at the IDS Crystal Court. This year the co-hosts were two colorful ladies: WCCO TV’s Jammie Yuccas and Salty Tart Bakery Owner/Baker Michelle Gayer. They hammed up each segment but were especially inviting when they donned fur coats and hoisted their martini glasses to toast the event—and Michelle really had the most giant glass of all time too. (See photo above.)
Thomas Boemer was convinced neither he nor his restaurant would receive any awards that night.
After his Corner Table crispy pork belly won Outstanding Menu Item last year, Boemer thought no way would the Charlie Awards committee recognize the same restaurant with another award the following year—let alone two.
Nick Rancone was running late the afternoon of November 16. As it turned out, however, the Corner Table co-owner made it inside Minneapolis’ Pantages Theater just in time to hear the name of his restaurant announced as the winner of the Charlie Award for Outstanding Service.
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