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And the Charlies goes to....

The final toast of the evening as the recipients of the 2020 Charlie Awards gather on stage before heading over the Seven Steakhouse & Sushi for the Afterparty.

Joe Veen

They were all winners on Sunday night when the 9th Annual Charlie Awards took over the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis. 

Look for the full coverage including all the pictures and inside scoop from the Charlie Awards, Sunday, February 9, in the March issue of Foodservice News and online. In the meantime, here are the talented people and establishments taking home the Charlies Plate:

Outstanding Bartender

Trish Gavin of Lat 14

Trish Gavin currently directs the beverage programs at Lat 14 Asian Eatery and Lemongrass Thai. She has worked at a number of notable restaurants, such as Heidi’s, Heartland, Brasserie Zentral and directing the beverage program at the Hewing Hotel.





Rising Star

Jametta Raspberry of House of Gristle

Jametta Raspberry founded House of Gristle LLC in January 2019 as a way to express her culinary talents and to show the world that black women historically have deserved a seat at the culinary table. She intends to continue redefining the new American cuisine by crossing cultures and breaking barriers.


Community Hero

Emily Hunt Turner, founder of All Square

Emily Hunt Turner is a civil rights attorney with a background in architecture, law and public policy. She is the founder and CEO of All Square—a social enterprise centered on a craft grilled cheese restaurant and professional institute that invests in the lives and minds of formerly incarcerated individuals. 


Outstanding Restaurant

Popol Vuh

Popol Vuh focuses on quality ingredients, raw wood fire, and refined but simple preparations. Chef Jose Alarcon uses the seasons and his travels through Mexico to guide the menu. Craft cocktails featuring mezcal and tequila welcome guests with warm hospitality. As a first-time restaurant owner with Popol Vuh and Centro, Jami Olson, also serves as general manager.


Outstanding Baker/Pastry Chef

Katie Elsing of The Lynhall

After eight years of leading pastry teams in fine-dining restaurants, Katie Elsing decided to branch out and try the bakery side of the industry. As executive pastry chef at The Lynhall since its inception in 2017, Elsing has led her team with an inclusive, compassionate approach. Her work ethic and passion are undeniable, and her award-winning creations are evidence that the proof is in the pudding.



Outstanding Coffeehouse


In 2000, Spyhouse first opened in the Whittier neighborhood, one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. From this start as a small, independent coffeehouse, Spyhouse has grown not only physically by adding five locations and a roasting facility, but by expanding its mission: to source, roast, brew and serve the customer an exceptional coffee while educating that customer on the entire process, from origin to consumption.


Hidden Gem

Victor’s 1959 Café

Owned by Niki Stavrou, who learned to cook from her Cuban husband, Victor’s 1959 Café serves “Revolutionary Cuban Cooking” and has its own line of sauces for continuing the authenticity at home. 


Outstanding Chef

Jack Riebel of The Lexington and Cook and the Ox 

A James Beard nomination for Best Chef: Midwest, as well as a spot on The Wall Street Journal’s Top 20 Modern Meateries in the U.S. in 2013, Riebel recently opened The Cook and The Ox in Terminal One of the MSP Airport and is the chef/owner of The Lexington.





Outstanding Brewery

56 Brewing

56 Brewing’s motto is “we make beer we like to drink,” but as good as the beer is, the big draw is an open patio facing community gardens, pinball, trivia games, jazz, food trucks and a family-friendly vibe, where even dogs are welcome (as long as they use their inside bark).


Outstanding Caterer

D’Amico Catering

Boasting an impressive lineup of proud, professional, restaurant-tested chefs and event planners who are the spark for new ideas and the gatekeepers of quality, D’Amico consistently delivers cuisine that is diverse, dynamic, innovative, relevant and on-trend. 


Outstanding Restaurateur

David Burley and Stephanie Shimp of Blue Plate Restaurant Co.

The Blue Plate Restaurant Company’s unique collection of restaurants across the Twin Cities specialize in comfort food with a twist that delight loyal guests and are the pride of the neighborhoods they serve. Co-owners Stephanie Shimp and David Burley have expanded their collection of neighborhood restaurants to include Highland Grill, Groveland Tap, Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill, 3 Squares, The Lowry, The Blue Barn (Minnesota State Fair), The Freehouse, Mercury Dining Room and Rail and Shindig Event Center. 


Outstanding Service

Tria Restaurant and Bar, a Morrissey Hospitality property, 

Everything at Tria in the North Oaks suburb, from the seasonal, fresh food and polished, friendly service to the warm, inviting ambiance, is designed to deliver these simple—but not so easy—qualities. Inspired by French Americana, Tria’s staff is knowledgeable, professional and friendly, while welcoming their guests as though they are dining in the staff’s own home.


The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Pete Mihajlov and Phil Roberts, founders of Parasole.

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