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.
Five of our Charlies finalists made appearances on Twin Cities Live the week of January 14. The show, which airs on KSTP-ABC from 3 to 4 p.m., on channel 5. In addition to talking about the Charlies with hosts Steve Patterson and Elizabeth Ries, they shared a recipe and how to cook it.
The Charlie Awards is the only foodservice award that is a peer-to-peer nomination process. And as someone once said, "Success is not a villa in Tuscany or a brand-new fire-engine red sports car. It's the approval of your peers."
Shannel Winkel proved why she’s a finalist for the Charlie Awards’ Rising Star during her interview with Kare 11 reporter, Laura Betker in late December. She masterfully cooked, while giving the scoop on the upcoming Charlie Awards on January 27 at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis.
What exactly is a “hot toddy”? It can take many forms, but it’s a combination of liquor (take your pick: brandy, Scotch, Irish whiskey), water, a sweetener such as honey or sugar, as well as herbs and/or spices. It’s served hot and is especially welcome during the winter months or cold, damp weather as a comfort measure.