Foodservice News Announces 2019 Charlie Award Finalists
FSN Editors Laura Michaels, left, and Nancy Monroe on stage at last year's Charlie Awards.
The eighth annual Charlie Awards, which celebrates the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities food and beverage community, will be held Sunday, Jan. 27, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. The entertainment-filled event will be co-hosted by Joy Summers (Eater Twin Cities) and Jason DeRusha (WCCO TV, Minnesota Monthly). Winners in each of 13 categories will be presented with the coveted Charlies plate award. The ceremony will culminate with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and then the party will move next door to Seven Steakhouse. The festivities will include food prepared by culinary students from ProStart and St. Paul College led by Pat Weber from Mise en Place consulting and Seven’s chef, past Charlies Community Hero Honoree Seth Bixby Daugherty.
This is a chance to celebrate both the diversity in the Twin Cities restaurant community as well as its excellence.
At the same time, the event supports the good work being done by Open Arms, a nonprofit meal delivery service that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people fighting life-threatening diseases. Proceeds from the awards program and afterparty go towards Open Arms’ mission.
Tickets for the Charlie Awards Show and Afterparty are $30 per person. To purchase tickets, call 612-767-3229 or go online at charliesexceptionale.com. Tickets can also be picked up at the Pantages box office.
And now, in alphabetical order are The 2019 Charlie Awards Finalists
A restaurant or foodservice business that excels at hospitality by being consistently outstanding and welcoming, and having an inviting and fun personality that makes people feel more at home than when they are at home
Joan’s in the Park
Not all the magic happens in the kitchen. This category is for the owner of the restaurant with at least five years in the industry, who excels at running a restaurant, keeping it profitable as well as relevant, and who is an influencer in the community
Thomas Boemer & Nick Rancone – Twist Davis Group (Corner Table, Revival, In Bloom)
Tim Niver – Meyvn, Mucci’s Italian, Saint Dinette
Luke Shimp – kindRED Hospitality (Red Cow, Red Rabbit)
A restaurant that continually hits on all cylinders with creative and exceptional food, atmosphere and service
Outstanding Baker/Pastry Chef
A working baker or pastry chef with at least five years of experience who is an artist when creating the staff of life or the masterpieces of desserts and morning pastries
Christina Kaelberer – Edwards Dessert Kitchen
Carrie Riggs – Alma
Diane Moua - Soigné Hospitality (Spoon and Stable, Bellecour)
A working chef with at least five years in the industry, who shows consistency, relevancy, creativity and isn’t resting on his or her laurels.
Ann Ahmed – Lat14, Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
Justin Sutherland – Pearl and the Thief, Handsome Hog
Karyn Tomlinson – Corner Table
An under 30, up-and-coming foodservice professional whose talent and hard work guarantees he or she will make their mark on the Twin Cities community and go on to even greater contributions.
Rikki Giambruno – Hyacinth
Joshua Walbolt – Lat14
Shannel Winkle – The Bird
A professional who is doing innovative work with wine/beer/spirits, either as a brewer, mixologist, sommelier, craft soda producer or bartender
Adam Gorski – Young Joni
Tyler Kleinow – Marvel Bar
Marco Zappia – Martina, Colita
Returning Category – Outstanding Bartender
He or she possesses the skill-set to be an expert in both human nature and concocting new and classic drinks, along with the ability to draw people out and guide their beverage journey with diplomacy and grace.
Paul Hennessy – The Bachelor Farmer
Shawn Jones – Fhima
Scott Weller – Parlour
New Category – Best Brewery
A brewing company that makes innovative beer or hard cider, has a social component, whether it’s a conscience or conscious effort to engage customers in a stellar product.
Indeed Brewing Co.
Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
Summit Brewing Co.
New Category – Entertainment Restaurant Venue
Sometimes called “eatertainment,” this outstanding venue never forgets food is first, drinks are first and fun is first. (can be kid-friendly or focus on the 21+ crowd)
Can Can Wonderland
New Category – Outstanding Caterer
A consummate professional who runs a catering company and sets up festive and delicious spreads for groups, with imagination, creativity and attention to every detail.
Breaking Bread Café & Catering
Chowgirls Killer Catering
An out-of-the-box restaurant, food truck or catering service that often flies under the radar of the mainstream media, but is a favorite with the neighborhood or foodie fans
Birch’s on the Lake
Primo Plates & Pours
He or she uses their skills and platform to better the community, either through charitable acts or mentorship
Rose McGee - Sweet Potato Comfort Pies
Nathan Sartain – Saint Paul College
Rhys Williams – The Good Acre
The Charlie Awards are produced and administered by Foodservice News, along with the founders of the Charlies, Sue Zelickson and Scott Mayer. Franchise Times Corp bought Foodservice News in 2001. In addition to its 11-times a year magazine, it also produces a website/blog site, an award-winning Chef Book and a Buyers Guide. Offices are located at 2808 Anthony Lane S in Minneapolis. Contact information can be found at foodservicenews.com or by calling 612-767-3200.