Best of the best in Twin Cities food scene honored at Charlie Awards


The best of the best of the Twin Cities' blossoming food and drink scene were awarded by their peers this weekend.

The fifth annual Charlie Awards were held Sunday at the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis. The point, the group's news release says, is to celebrate the "exceptional contributions" being made in the industry.

The awards are named after the legendary restaurant, Charlie’s Café Exceptionale, a fixture in the city until the 1980s, according to the release. The winners are determined by a vote of all restaurants participating in the Charlie Awards.

Spoon and Stable – which was packed with reservation requests when it opened a year ago – came away with two awards Sunday, including the Oustanding Restaurant award.

Other winners include a Native American cuisine food truck, a hotspot in Minneapolis' Kingfield neighborhood, a young chef who came from Los Angeles and took some inspiration from "Alice in Wonderland," and the president of a leading Italian eatery. Winners are listed below, or you can click here to see the release.

Outstanding Restaurant

Spoon and Stable.

Outstanding Chef

Marshall Paulson of Birchwood Cafe.

Outstanding Restaurant Service

Corner Table Minneapolis (and the Star Tribune notes it was a repeat win, a first for the awards).

Outstanding Food Truck

Tatanka Truck, brainchild of The Sioux Chef and his heralded Native American-inspired cuisine.

Outstanding Local Craft Brew

300 IPA by Fulton Beer.

Outstanding Beverage Program

GYST Fermentation Bar, which opened less than a year ago.

Emerging Food Professional

Thomas Kim of the Rabbit Hole, who with his partner Kat moved to the Twin Cities from Los Angeles in January of 2012.

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Karyn Tomlinson, who works at Borough in Minneapolis.

Outstanding Bartender

Robb Jones, Spoon and Stable.

Outstanding Restaurant Design

Commodore Bar and Restaurant (and if you want a look inside, check out this photo gallery).

Lifetime Achievement

Molly Broder of Broders.

Community Hero

Seth Bixby Dougherty, who was heralded as a young chef a decade ago and later founded Real Food Initiative.

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