Winners of the fifth-annual Charlie Awards were announced Sunday afternoon at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. The awards celebrate excellence in the Twin Cities' food and drink scene.
Outstanding Restaurant: Eleven-month-old Spoon and Stable.
Outstanding Chef: Marshall Paulsen of the Birchwood Cafe.
Emerging Food Professional: Thomas Kim of the Rabbit Hole. The award honors excellence in the food and beverage industry for those working in the Twin Cities market for five or fewer years.
Outstanding Bartender: Robb Jones of Spoon and Stable.
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Karyn Tomlinson of Borough.
Outstanding Restaurant Service: Corner Table. It was a Charlie Awards first: the restaurant won in the same category in 2014.
Outstanding Bar Program: Gyst Fermentation Bar.
Outstanding Food Truck: Tatanka
Outstanding Restaurant Design: the historic Commodore Bar and Restaurant, revived late last month after decades as a private event space.
Community Hero: Seth Bixby Daugherty.
Outstanding Local Craft Beer: 300 IPA by Fulton Beer.
Winners in most categories are selected from a voting pool of more than 100 independently owned Twin Cities food-and-drink establishments.
The awards are organized by Ivey Awards founder Scott Mayer and longtime Twin Cities food advocate Sue Zelickson, and are named for Charlie’s Cafe Exceptionale, the downtown Minneapolis restaurant that closed on July 21, 1982, after a 49-year run.