Free Happy Hour Event and Panel Discussion – August 17

WHAT: The Charlie Awards Kick-Off Happy Hour and Hot Topics Panel Discussion. The topic of the evening is “The Farmer & The Chef Connection.”

Attendees will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while joining in the conversation with our "Hot Topics" panel of experts.

WHO: The Hot Topics panel will be moderated by gardening and farm expert Mary Jane Miller.

The panel is scheduled to include:

  • Audrey Arner from Moonstone Farms;

  • Doug Harvey, board member for Minneapolis Farmer’s Market

  • Brenda Langton of Spoonriver and 2012 Charlie’s Community Hero Award Winner;

  • Marshall Paulsen, Executive Chef at Birchwood Café;

  • Shur Vnyang from Morning Fresh Farms;

  • Tammy Wong of Rainbow Chinese.

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.          Happy Hour

 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.          Hot Topics Panel Discussion

WHERE: Riverplace

 One Main Street in Minneapolis. Happy Hour will be held outdoors on the plaza in front of Riverplace. The Hot Topics discussion will be indoors.

HOW: This event is FREE and open to the public.

RSVP to charliesexceptionale@gmail.com

MORE: The Charlie Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions made by the Twin Cities restaurant, food and drink industry.

The sixth annual Charlie Awards will be held Sunday, November 13 at the Pantages Theater (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) beginning at 3:30 p.m. followed by an after-party at the IDS Crystal Court and Chefs’ Dinner at Windows on Minnesota.

SPONSORS:      General Mills, U.S. Foods, Land O’Lakes, Monroe, Moxness & Berg, Intermix Beverage Co., Open Table, Bellisio, Minnesota Restaurant Association, Trinchero Family Estates, Kowalski’s, Hockenberg’s, Legacy Meats, Diversified Construction, Minneapolis St. Paul Chapter National Association for Catering and Events, Minnesota Monthly, Food Service News, Windows on Minnesota, Marquette Hotel, J.T. Mega, Mise en Place consulting, and Dynamic Products Midwest.