And The Winners for the 2019 Charlies are...
Eater Editor Joy Summers, who hosted the 8th Charlies with Jason DeRusha of WCCO and Minnesota Monthly fame, threw herself enthusiastically into the job.
The eighth annual Charlie Awards celebration was held at the Pantages Theatre on Sunday, January 27. The Charlie Awards honor the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities food and beverage community. Winners in each of 13 categories were presented with the coveted Charlies plate award.
The celebration culminated with the bestowal of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sue Zelickson. Zelickson, “the Twin Cities original foodie,” founded the Charlie Awards with Scott Meyer. Her long list of accolades includes induction into the Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Fame is 2015 and winning the 2005 James Beard Award for Food Reporting in 2005. Sue is still active in the community, giving her time, talent, and treasure to a variety of worthy causes, like starting Kids Cafes, a nutrition and hands-on cooking program with at-risk kids, and Women Who Really Cook, a networking organization for women in the food industry that gives out yearly grants.
The 2019 Charlie Awards Honorees
Outstanding Service: Meritage
Outstanding Restaurateur: Luke Shimp - kindRED Hospitality (Red Cow, Red Rabbit)
Outstanding Restaurant: Hai Hai
Outstanding Baker/Pastry Chef: Christina Kaelberer – Edwards Dessert Kitchen
Outstanding Chef: Justin Sutherland – Pearl and the Thief, Handsome Hog
Rising Star: Joshua Walbolt: Lat14
Beverage Innovator: Marco Zappia – Martina, Colita
Outstanding Bartender: Sean Jones – Fhima’s
Best Brewery: Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
Entertainment Restaurant Venue: Can Can Wonderland
Outstanding Caterer: Chowgirls Killer Catering
Hidden Gem: Birch’s on the Lake
Community Hero: Nathan Sartain – Saint Paul College
The Charlie Awards support the good work being done by Open Arms, a nonprofit meal delivery service that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people fighting life-threatening diseases. Proceeds from the awards program and afterparty go towards Open Arms’ mission.
After the awards ceremony, the party moved next door to Seven Steakhouse (700 Hennepin Ave.,
Minneapolis). The festivities included food prepared by culinary students from ProStart and St. Paul College
led by Pat Weber from Mise en Place consulting and Seven’s chef, past Charlies Community Hero Honoree Seth Bixby Daugherty.