Lifetime Achievement Award
Wayne Kostroski of Cuisine Concepts and Franklin Street Bakery—last year’s winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award—left, and Scott Mayer, the co-founder of the Charlies, presented the award to Sue.
What can we say about Sue Zelickson, the first lady of the Twin Cities’ culinary scene, that hasn’t been said before? She has inspired an entire generation of women in culinary arts, as well as men. Her petite size and signature round glasses make her instantly recognizable, and she can’t step three feet outside her door without running into a friend or a fan or someone whose business she’s helped promote. Her foodcentric columns in MN Monthly, along with her broadcasts on WCCO radio and TV appearances have earned her a loyal following of people who feel like Sue is their personal friend. And she responds in kind.
Sue founded or co-founded a host of nonprofits, from the Charlies to Kids Café to Women Who Really Cook. She’s a James Beard winner, and has written or edited numerous cookbooks to benefit the American Cancer Society. She was instrumental in bringing the Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine show to Minnesota (now in its 25th year this March at Target Field).
This honor is long overdue. Keeping it a secret from Sue was not easy, because the Charlie Awards are her baby, plus she’s nosy by nature, like all good journalists. And to be truthful, because she always wants to see someone else in the spotlight, we were afraid if we told her of our plans, she’d tell us no. No one says “no” to Sue Zelickson, which is a power she uses only for good. Foodservice News feels honored to honor her with the 8th annual Lifetime Achievement Award. She’s going to be a tough act to follow.