|Photo courtesy of Tablespoon.com|
|Andrew Zimmern leads this year's Munchies|
Who's got the munchies? 2014 marks the third anniversary of Tablespoon.com's the Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards
. This national awards event is headed up by none other than local celebrity chef, Andrew Zimmern, and this year three Twin Cities businesses have made it to the final round. Now it's time for internet users to weigh in by placing their votes.
|The beautiful Bloody Homer|
The Twin Cities businesses that made the grade include Icehouse
, Izzy's Ice Cream
, and Surly
. As you might expect, Surly finds itself in the "Best Craft Brewery" category, while Izzy's is up for "Best Ice Cream." Icehouse, however, interestingly enough, shows up in the category for "Best Bloody Mary."
According to Tablespoon.com, "The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards recognize the most amazing tastes, faces, and places in the food world. Our nominees are chosen by a panel of culinary celebs, led by TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern."
The website also explains that, "The Munchies nominees were chosen by a panel of culinary celebs including stars of blogs, podcasts, books, restaurants and even TV." The Twin Cities are heavily represented here as well, with the likes of local chef, author, and now TV host Amy Thielen, food writer and restaurant critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, chef Steven Brown of Tilia, and of course, Andrew Zimmern.
Other national names of note include celebrity author Michael Ruhlman, celebrity chef Sean Brock, and the Food 52 blog co-founder Amanda Hesser.
Of the Twin Cities picks, Izzy's has long been a local favorite and Surly has been making national waves since their initial launch. As for the Bloody Mary at Icehouse, it is nothing shy of a spectacle. Served up in a Simpsons
-themed Duff beer glass with a thick slab of bacon and a mini-donut for garnish, it's better known as the Bloody Homer and is really the best kind of brunch -- the kind in a glass.
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