The eighth annual Charlie Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). The Charlie Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities food and beverage community. The entertainment-filled event will be co-hosted by Joy Summers (Eater Twin Cities) and Jason DeRusha (WCCO TV, Minnesota Monthly). Winners in each of 13 categories will be presented with the coveted Charlies plate award. The celebration will culminate with the bestowal of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
After the awards ceremony, the party will move next door to Seven Steakhouse (700 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). The festivities will include food prepared by culinary students from ProStart and St. Paul College led by Pat Weber from Mise en Place consulting and Seven’s chef, past Charlies Community Hero Honoree Seth Bixby Daugherty.
This is a chance to celebrate both the diversity in the Twin Cities restaurant community as well as its excellence. At the same time, the event supports the good work being done by Open Arms, a nonprofit meal delivery service that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people fighting life-threatening diseases. Proceeds from the awards program and afterparty go towards Open Arms’ mission.
Tickets for the Charlie Awards Show and Afterparty are $30 per person. To purchase tickets, call 612-767-3229 or go online at charliesexceptionale.com. Tickets can also be picked up at the Pantages box office.
Awards include: Outstanding Service, Outstanding Restaurateur, Outstanding Restaurant, Outstanding Baker/Pastry Chef, Outstanding Chef, Rising Star, Beverage Innovator, Outstanding Bartender, Best Brewery, Entertainment Restaurant Venue, Outstanding Caterer, Hidden Gem, and Community Hero.