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2020 Finalists for the Charlie Awards Announced

It’s been a long time coming—at least if you’re the one counting the three rounds of voting—but we now have the completed list of finalists for the 2020 Charlie Awards. And we think you'll agree that in a community with an abundance of outstanding restaurants, breweries, catering companies, we've curated a culinary treasure trove.

Bite Squad Exits Key Minnesota Cities

Before Waitr acquired it, Bite Squad was a Minnesota-based delivery service putting up huge numbers in its home turf, especially Minneapolis. Less than a year after finalizing the acquisition by Louisiana-based Waitr, Bite Squad has discontinued service in the cities of St. Cloud, Rochester and Duluth—Minnesota’s largest cities outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Not Your Police Officer's Doughnut

When does a doughnut—a mainstay for after-church socializing and office break room fodder, not to mention kids—become X-rated? As soon as you cross state lines into a locale where recreational marijuana is legal.

Culinary Curiosities: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

If you thought Thanksgiving was the big food holiday in November, you've probably forgotten about “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” on November 15. What? You haven’t heard of it? The idea is to clear out and freshen up the fridge in advance of the food-heavy holiday season that tends to overload this overworked and under-appreciated appliance.

Hospitality MN's Expo Delivers the Goods

Hospitality MN’s Conference and Expo took over St. Paul’s RiverCentre in late September for a day of high-power keynote speeches, informative panel discussions on trending topics and a chance to meet with vendors and try new product combinations.

Sysco Show Brings Together Two Divisions in Great Venue

Sysco’s fall show at the RiverCentre in St. Paul was the first time the broadline distributor has combined the sales teams and customers of both Sysco Western, based in St. Cloud, and Sysco Minnesota, based in Mounds View.

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Top Chefs

Caribbean Smokehouse — Stillwater

“It was truly an opportunity to finally open my own restaurant,” he said about Caribbean Smokehouse in Stillwater. “People ask why I didn’t do it 10 years ago. I wasn’t ready.”

Cafe and Bar Lurcat — Loring Park

Standing off to the side while Café and Bar Lurcat Executive Chef Jordan Swiler prepares to plate the Braised Lamb is a quick finale since the magic of braising the meat has already been done.

Angelina's Kitchen — Woodbury

Sundays in the Bronx were strictly for church and dinner at grandma’s house. And there were no excuses.

The Bachelor Farmer — Minneapolis

Instead of cringe-worthy clichés like lutefisk, cream-based casseroles or Jell-O-whatever-the-hell, The Bachelor Farmer’s new chef wants to know what’s good and edible from our own forests, fields and shorelines.

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