by Sue Zelickson, Tastemaker in Residence

WHAT: The 7th Annual Charlie Awards

WHEN: Sunday, February 25th

  • 3:30 pm Awards presentation
  • 5:00-7:00 pm Afterparty   

WHERE: Pantages Theater and Seven Steakhouse                

TICKETS: May be purchased in person at the State Theatre Box office at 805 Hennepin Ave. or call 612-767-3229 to reserve your ticket, to be picked up at the check-in, at the Pantages Theater. 

  • $25 for awards show and after party
  • $125 for awards show & after party — Plus a VIP dinner on March 12th, at Open Arms     Minnesota, our nonprofit partner. 

WHY: To celebrate and honor the peer to peer recognition of the best food and drink in the Twin Cities area and to raise funds for Open Arms. Open Arms cooks and delivers nutritious foods for those with homebound illnesses.  

INSIDER INFO: This year the Charlies’ are being produced by the Food Service News staff and will continue highlighting the great work that our culinary community does for our dining pleasures; plus all the nonprofits they support every year. The VIP soiree is held at Open Arms of Minnesota on March 12th at 6 pm. It will feature cuisine from last year's Restaurant of the Year Winner, Joan's in the Park, as well as other illustrious past winners like Eddie Wu of Cooks St Paul, and Phil Gaffney of MidNord Empanada Truck. 

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