Charlie Award Categories 2020
Someone who has made a unique contribution to the local foodservice community as a mentor, influencer and/or innovator. (This is the only category with just one person revealed at the show.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Places to buy coffee are ubiquitous, but our outstanding coffeehouse is infused with style, character, sociability, and free Wi-Fi, while serving a darn good inventory of coffee, tea and snacks.
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.
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.
Outstanding Club Chef
Club chefs are often sandwiched between fine dining and banquets. Whether their club is a golf course, fitness center or private establishment, this chef creatively caters to members’ tastes while expanding their palates and upping their game.
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.
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.
He or she uses their skills and platform to better the community, either through charitable acts or mentorship.