28th Annual “Taste of the Lakes” Winners Announced

The traveling People’s Choice Award was presented to Executive Chef Brian Diumenti and his team from Irma’s Kitchen at Cragun’s.

The 28th annual Kinship Partners “Taste of the Lakes” fundraiser was held on Friday, November 18th at Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN.

 

The guest culinary judges were, Executive Chef Andrew Kraft – Grand Cafe and Chilkoot Café & Cyclery and Eunice Wiebolt of East Gull Lake – Author of Award-winning Cooking with Confidence and soon to be released Cooking with More Confidence, presented awards in each of the categories.

The winner for Best Starter was presented to Chef Patrick Kilbury from Cowboy’s of Lake Shore for their Cowboy poppers: bacon wrapped jalapeño filled with smoked garlic cream cheese.

The award for Best Entrée was presented to Executive Chef Brian Diumenti from Irma’s Kitchen at Cragun’s for their dry aged rib eye steak, duck confit hash, chokecherry demi, béarnaise, crispy garnish.

The award for Best Dessert was presented to Executive Chef Brian Diumenti from Irma’s Kitchen at Cragun’s for their Santa’s Cookie Land – shortbread cookie, bailey’s chocolate mousse, chokecherry-ganache macaron.

The traveling People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the guests in attendance, was presented to Executive Chef Brian Diumenti and his team from Irma’s Kitchen at Cragun’s.

Beer/Wine Tasting 5:30-7:00 PM
Chef’s Presentations 7:00-8:00 PM
Program 8:00 PM
Chef Awards 8:30 PM

Andrew Kraft – Executive Chef at Grand Cafe in Minneapolis and Chilkoot Cafe & Cyclery
Eunice Wiebolt, East Gull Lake – Author of Award-Winning Cooking With Confidence
and soon to be released Cooking With More Confidence

Grand View Lodge and their Gull Lake Center staff for hosting us this evening.
Mark Dockendorf and Cash Wise Liquor for coordinating the wine and beer tasting.
Lakes Printing for designing and printing our invitations and programs.
Cub Foods and Papa Murphy’s for donating appetizers during the wine and beer tasting.
Ken Thomas and Tess Taylor for emceeing the program.
Blue Moon Jazz Quintet for providing our music this evening.
Consolidated Telephone – CTC – for providing the media charging station.