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.


Vote to Choose the Twin Cities Charlie Awards Winner for ‘Outstanding Food Item’

Don’t miss your chance to vote in and attend MSP’s Charlie Awards!

Minneapolis-St. Paul diners! Help pick the best dish in the Twin Cities at this year’s Charlie Awards, a celebration that recognizes the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities metro area restaurant, food, and drink industry. More than 150 restaurants and food trucks have entered one food item they believe is representative of their business and voting is open to the public through October 28, 2012.

Click here to vote for your favorite food item. You can vote for one restaurant per day every day through this Sunday. To make it easier to find your favorites, they are grouped in the following neighborhoods (subject to change based on number of entries): Downtown Minneapolis, North Minneapolis/North Metro, South Minneapolis/South Metro, St. Paul/East Metro and Twin Cities West Metro.

Then, purchase your tickets to the second annual Charlie Awards on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis at 2PM. A VIP brunch sponsored by Mpls.St. Paul Magazine will precede the show at 11:30AM at The Brave New Workshop. There will also be an after-party sponsored by Minnesota Monthly from 3:30–5PM. in the IDS Center Crystal Court.

Vote, purchase tickets, and learn more about the Charlie Awards today!