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Two MN Eateries Win Zimmern’s National Food Award

General Mills and Andrew Zimmern teamed up to recognize the country’s best of the best across 20 food-related categories.

Two MN Eateries Win Zimmern’s National Food Award
Golden Valley-based General Mills, Inc., and locally based food celebrity Andrew Zimmern on Thursday announced winners of a jointly launched awards program meant to recognize the nation’s best in a variety of food-related categories—and Minnesota’s own Icehouse, Izzy’s Ice Cream, and Amy Thielen were among the winners.
 
In its third year, “The Munchies: People’s Choice” awards program recognize food industry tastemakers across 20 categories including best chef, food truck, pizza, and farmers market, among others.
 
Icehouse in Minneapolis won the best Bloody Mary award, Izzy’s in St. Paul won best ice cream, and Park Rapids resident Amy Thielen’s cookbook The New Midwestern Table won “best new cookbook.” Surly Brewing Company in Minneapolis was nominated for best craft brewery but lost out to Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
 
Zimmern and General Mills worked with a panel of 41 food industry leaders to create a list of nominees and then asked members of the public to vote on their favorite food destinations, publications, and professionals. (Among the 41 panelists involved in the nomination process was Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of Twin Cities Business’ sister publication Mpls.St.Paul)
 
Award recipients include New York City, which won the “best food city” award, St. Louis, Missouri’s Pappy’s Smokehouse, which won the award for “best BBQ,” and Chicago’s The Publican, which won the “best brunch spot” award.
 
The only state to house more award winners than Minnesota was New York, which was home to six winners. Click here for the full list of award winners and nominees.
 
“It’s been exciting to ignite a passionate food debate and encourage people to support their favorite restaurants, media, and chefs by voting,” Zimmern said in a statement. “These awards are a celebration of the food experience across America, and I congratulate each of the winners.”
 
In last year’s Munchies, no Minnesota businesses won any awards although the nominees included St. Paul-based Summit Brewing Company, for “best craft brewery”; Minneapolis-based Salty Tart, up for “best bakery”; and Zimmern’s food truck AZ Canteen.
 
In addition to “The Munchies” winners receiving physical awards, a donation to hunger-relief charity Feeding America was made on behalf of the panelists and participating voters.
 
Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, co-announced “The Munchies” award winners in 2013, just before he received a James Beard award for “outstanding personality/host.”
 
General Mills is among Minnesota’s 10-largest public companies based on revenue, which totaled $17.8 billion for the fiscal year that ended in May 2013. The food manufacturing giant oversees several brands, including Pillsbury and Betty Crocker.
 
In related news, Minneapolis was recently named on a list of the country’s “most underrated” food towns by lifestyle website Thrillist.
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