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.
Marshall Paulson of Birchwood Cafe.
Outstanding Restaurant Service
Outstanding Food Truck
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.
Robb Jones, Spoon and Stable.
Outstanding Restaurant Design
Molly Broder of Broders.
Seth Bixby Dougherty, who was heralded as a young chef a decade ago and later founded Real Food Initiative.