On Our Plate: San Diego Food + Wine Fest Giveaway; Charlie Award Winners; Restaurant Week Hawaii + More

CCDRWHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Win tickets to the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival Passion for Fusion cooking class on November 21. Enter today!

* The 2014 Chicago Michelin stars have been announced. Find out which restaurants earned this top honor.

* Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Charlie Awards. Learn out which food professionals and restaurants took top honors in the Twin Cities.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Smoke.

* Dine Around Seattle is happening now. Enjoy $15 lunches and $30 dinners through November 27.

* Restaurant Week Hawaii starts today. Don’t miss special three-course gourmet meals through November 24.

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The Charlie Awards Are Coming: Vote for Your MSP Food Favorites + Purchase Tickets Now!

Charlie AwardsThe 3rd Annual Charlie Awards are just around the corner — and your votes will help determine the best of the best of Minneapolis-St. Paul restaurants, foods, chefs — and more! A Twin Cities event that recognizes the exceptional contributions the metro area restaurant, food, and drink industry make to ensure a diverse, vibrant and creative Twin Cities lifestyle and economy, The Charlie Awards will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

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2012 Charlie Awards: Congratulations to the Twin Cities Honorees!

Congratulations to Chef Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market on your Charlie Award!

The second annual Charlie Awards were held on Sunday, November 11, 2012, in Minneapolis at the Pantages Theatre. A celebration in recognition of the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities metro area restaurant, food and beverage industry, nearly 200 local restaurants participated in this year’s awards. The 2012 Charlie Awards honorees include:

• Lifetime AchievementLenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market
• Outstanding ChefDoug Flicker, Piccolo
• Outstanding Restaurant DesignBachelor Farmer
• Outstanding BartenderJohnny Michaels, La Belle Vie
• Outstanding NeighborRandy Stanley, Parasole (Burger Jones, Chino Latino, Good Earth, Manny’s Steakhouse, Mozza Mia, Muffuletta, Pittsburgh Blue, Salut Bar Américain, and Uptown Cafeteria)
• Outstanding Restaurant ItemMasu Sushi & Robata’s Masu Roll

The Charlie Awards are named after the legendary restaurant, Charlie’s Café Exceptionale, which was a mainstay in downtown Minneapolis until the 1980s. The Charlie Awards were created to recognize the outstanding contributions that our metro area food and restaurant industry to ensure a diverse, vibrant and creative lifestyle and economy. The Charlies are the inspiration of Minnesota’s own culinary expert and James Beard award-winning food journalist, Sue Zelickson.

Congratulations to all the nominees and honorees on your achievements.

 

On Our Plate: Best Wine Lists; SF Michelin Starred Restaurants; MSP Charlie Awards Voting; Belga Café Is Eight; Candlelight Conservation in British Columbia

Don’t miss Candlelight Conservation in the Vancouver + Victoria, British Columbia, areas tomorrow night!

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re toasting the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Wine Lists in the U.S. Find out where you can drink to that.

* The stars are out in the Bay Area with the release of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2013. Learn which restaurants are twinkling today!

* Washington, D.C. fave Belga Café has turned eight years young. And we’ve got an exclusive interview with Chef Bart Vandaele on how they’re celebrating this week!

* The Twin Cities Charlie Awards are coming soon. Vote for MSP’s best dish and purchase tickets to the awards ceremony today.

* When you dine with the parentals, who picks up the check? Click thru to vote in this week’s poll.

* Do you know where Honey Boo Boo recently ordered ‘sketti? We do!

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