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Wrapping up Charlies, Plus New Events

Left to right, Nancy Monroe, Deandra Bieneman, Sue Zelickson, Leah Hébert Welles, Bob Warner and Lisa Lane.

The last plate has been delivered to winners of the Outstanding Restaurant, Hai Hai. Owners Christina Nguyen and Birk Stefan Grudem were traveling in Vietnam when the Charlie Awards hit the Pantages stage in late January and were unable to pickup their award in person. Just to show Charlies voters have good taste, Nguyen is also up for a James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest.

And as one last final bit of business, Co-founder of the Charlies Sue Zelickson, Charlies Producer Nancy Monroe and Sponsorship Director Bob Warner presented the check from the proceeds of the 2019 Charlie Awards to Open Arms, the Charlies’ official charity. Accepting on behalf of Open Arms, a nonprofit that delivers nutritious, made-from-scratch meals to individuals dealing with life-threatening diseases, were Executive Director Leah Hébert Welles; Lisa Lane, senior director of development and community engagement; and Deandra Bieneman, community outreach director.  


Society Offers Hospitality Insurance 

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based Society Insurance has begun offering its hospitality insurance coverage, TopChoice Restaurant Program and TopShelf Bar Program, to restaurant and bar owners in the Twin Cities. Ten agencies offer Society Insurance’s bar and restaurant insurance programs in Minnesota: Brown & Brown of Minnesota, Edina; Corporate Four Insurance Agency, Edina; Holden Duluth Insurance Agency, Duluth; Kaplan Insurance Agency, Plymouth; KLB Insurance, Newport; Maguire Agency, Roseville; Minnesota Insurance Group, Minnetonka; and Ross Nesbit Agencies, Minnetonka. Society is a mutual insurance company and its coverage is tailored to the unique needs of each business owner. Comprehensive insurance packages include both property and casualty coverage.


Functional Foods Luncheon/Panel

Club E, a community of business professionals who meet each month for networking and presentations from some of the country’s most respected innovators, is hosting a luncheon panel May 2, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mpls Club, featuring food entrepreneurs in various stages of development who will speak to the various trials and tribulations in developing their companies in an the exploding marketplace of healthy foods. 

This special edition of Club E includes a luncheon menu and healthy snacks crafted by Executive Chef Hakan Lundberg and Adam Southam, to contain ingredients of “functional food,” which provide more than nutrition. Panelists are Andrew Baechler, founder/CEO of Eniva; Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, founder/CEO of Step One Foods; and Adam G. Southam, founder/CEO of MyFormulary; an online retailer. Rick Brimacomb, founder/CEO of Club E, will moderate. The cost is $34. For more information or to register, go to the Club E website or clube.com/event/club-e-minneapolis-may-2019/


Distillery Expands

Tattersall Distilling, the all-natural distillery based in the Twin Cities, is expanding distribution to four new states: Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee and New Jersey. This brings the distillery’s distribution to 22 states. Founded three years ago, Tattersall is concurrently adding more mashing, fermenting and distilling equipment, doubling its capacity to produce and age brown spirits. The company is focused on sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. Working with Hennepin County and the city of Minneapolis, the distillery implemented a comprehensive organics program. 

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