It’s awards season, and not just in Hollywood—Sunday, November 16 marks the fourth annual Charlie Awards, an event honoring standout chefs, restaurants, and businesses on the Twin Cities dining scene. Winners are determined by a vote of all restaurants participating in the Charlies, as well as by the general public. The night kicks off with the awards show at the Pantages Theatre and continues on with an afterparty and four-course dinner prepared by a group of last year’s honorees.
Categories include a lifetime achievement award (past winners include Lucia Watson, Lenny Russo, and D’Amico & Partners), a community hero award, and nods for outstanding chefs, pastry chefs, and restaurants, among others. The public is tapped for opinions about best neighborhood restaurants and food trucks.
Tickets for the Charlies are still available—check out the list of last year’s winners below, and head to the Charlie Awards’ website to see the nominees in this year’s public categories.
2013 CHARLIE AWARDS WINNERS
- Lucia Watson, Lucia’s Restaurant
- Tracy Singleton, Birchwood Café
- Sameh Wadi, Saffron and World Street Kitchen
EMERGING FOOD PROFESSIONAL:
- Tyler Shipton, Borough
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF:
- Diane Yang, La Belle Vie
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT SERVICE:
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT DESIGN:
- Dan Oskey, The Strip Club
OUTSTANDING BEVERAGE PROGRAM:
- Tracy Singleton – Birchwood Café
OUTSTANDING FOOD TRUCK ITEM
- Indi Frites – Hot Indian Foods
OUTSTANDING LOCAL CRAFT BREW
- Lift Bridge Brewery – Hop Dish IPA
OUTSTANDING MENU ITEM:
- Crispy Pork Belly – Corner Table