Launching its fourth year of honoring the best of the Twin Cities’ restaurant, food and beverage industries, the Charlie Awards hosted a kick-off party August 20 that packed the beer garden of last year’s Outstanding Restaurant winner, Butcher and the Boar.
In addition to enjoying appetizers and drinks, attendees heard from several chefs, restaurant owners and food writers who were brought together to discuss and debate issues affecting the industry.
Casual, fun service and fine dining. That’s what Heyday means to Jim Christiansen. Yes, it’s a Replacements song, and words such as “high spirits,” “vigor” and “prosperity” are in its definition, but for the executive chef and co-owner of this Lyndale Avenue restaurant, Heyday has a simple concept.
This year, as a way to launch the fourth annual Charlie Awards, those in the local restaurant industry and friends are invited to a special happy hour Wednesday, August 20, at Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis, winner of the Charlie’s 2013 Outstanding Restaurant award.
Connecting local producers with their wholesale-buying counterparts is what Midwest Pantry is all about, and on Sunday, August 10, it did just that, bringing together more than 30 vendors ready to share their specialty products with the retail and restaurant markets.
Midwest Pantry co-founders Chad Gillard and Zoe Glass, themselves local food entrepreneurs, are working to ensure the sustainability of the local food movement by acting as a resource for small producers, helping them network and get their products—from simple syrups and artisan chocolates to soy candles—in front of buyers.
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