Charlie Awards Celebrate Best in Twin Cities Food and Drink
Molly Broder accepts the Lifetime Achievement award during the 2015 Charlie Awards at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis.
In between videos of local chefs reading mean Yelp reviews a la Jimmy Kimmel Live’s “Mean Tweets” segment and Hot Indian Foods owner Amol Dixit performing lyrical magic with his food truck mashup, the fifth annual Charlie Awards honored the best in the Twin Cities food and drink scene.
“It’s really the pleasure of my life,” said Molly Broder of working in the local restaurant community as she accepted the Lifetime Achievement award. Broder opened Broders’ Cucina Italiana with husband Tom in 1982 and has since added Broders’ Pasta Bar and Terzo, which she now runs with her three sons. She was instrumental in leading the push for Minneapolis to drop its 70/30 food to alcohol rule affecting neighborhood restaurants.
In addition to the 12 category award winners, food and beverage businesses also nominated their most dedicated employees for a chance at a variety of prizes.
The November 15 awards show at Pantages Theatre was followed by an after-party at IDS Center Crystal Court, where culinary students from Le Cordon Bleu, Saint Paul College, Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps, and Art Institutes International Minnesota served hors d'oeuvres. A VIP dinner featured dishes from 2014 Charlie Award winners.
2015 Charlie Award Honorees
• Lifetime Achievement: Molly Broder of Broders’ Cucina Italiana, Broders’ Pasta Bar and Terzo
• Outstanding Restaurant: Spoon and Stable
• Outstanding Chef: Marshall Paulsen of Birchwood Café
• Emerging Food Professional: Thomas Kim of The Rabbit Hole (This award honors someone working in the Twin Cities food and beverage industry for five years or less.)
• Outstanding Bartender: Robb Jones of Spoon and Stable
• Outstanding Pastry Chef: Karyn Tomlinson of Borough
• Outstanding Restaurant Service: Corner Table (also won in 2014)
• Outstanding Bar Program: Gyst Fermentation Bar
• Outstanding Food Truck: Tatanka (From chef Sean Sherman)
• Outstanding Restaurant Design: The Commodore Bar and Restaurant
• Community Hero: Seth Bixby Daugherty (Real Food Initiatives and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters)
• Outstanding Local Craft Brew: 300 IPA by Fulton Beer