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October 17 is Deadline for Charlies Nominations

Use this code to nominate your choice in 15 categories.

Nominations for the 2019 Charlie Awards were kicked off September 17 at the Big Thrill Factory in Minnetonka. Online nominations are being accepted at www.charliesexceptionale.com or by using your camera phone to click on the above image.

There are 15 categories this year, and you're invited to nominate in all 15 or to pick and choose. Please be sure to include the place of business and city, as well as the person's name. The three finalists will be selected by previous winners and finalists, along with the Charlies committee and Foodservice News. Finalists will be announced in early November and publicized until January 27 when the Charlies takes the stage at the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis. 

The Charlies is the Twin Cities' food and beverage communities answer to the Academy Awards. Following the ceremony at the Pantages, starting at 3:30, with an afterparty following at Seven Steakhouse, right next door on Hennepin Avenue. 

The categories and descriptions are:

Outstanding Service

A restaurant or foodservice business that excels at hospitality by having a personality, and not just a pulse; at being so consistently welcoming and warm that people feel more at home there than in their own home. 

Outstanding Restaurateur

Not all the magic happens in the kitchen. This category is for the owner with at least 5 years in the industry, who excels at running a restaurant, keeping it profitable and relevant and who is an influencer in the community and an inspiration to his or her staff.

Outstanding Restaurant

An eating establishment that continually hits on all cylinders with innovative and cravable food, inspired atmosphere & memorable service.

Outstanding Baker/Pastry Chef

A working baker or pastry chef with at least 5 years of experience who is an artist when creating the staff of life or the masterpieces of desserts and morning pastries.

Outstanding Chef

A working chef with at least 5 years in the industry, who shows consistency, relevancy, creativity and isn’t resting on his or her laurels. The chef of the moment, so to speak.

Rising Star     

An under 30 or so, 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

Beverage Innovator

A professional who is doing innovative work with wine/beer/spirits, either as a brewer, mixologist, sommelier, craft soda producer or other libation-centric work.

Hidden Gem

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.

Community Hero 

A compassionate, strong person who uses his or her skills and platform to better the community, either through charitable acts or mentorship.

Outstanding Barista

A working barista who can make a mean coffee drink during a rush, while being charming, customer-centric and attentive to detail. 

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.

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. 

Best 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)

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.

Lifetime Achievement Award

In addition, we will be awarding the Lifetime Achievement award to one worthy individual “who has made a unique contribution to the local foodservice community as a mentor, influencer and/or innovator.”

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