The 28th annual Kinship Partners “Taste of the Lakes” fundraiser was held on Friday, November 18th at Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN. This event was a big success despite the blizzard that day. Over 150 people braved the weather and still attended our event. We brought in $54,000 to help with our mentorship program. All proceeds from this event benefit our kinship partners programs in Crow Wing County, Southern Cass County, and the Staples/Motley area.

We are pleased to announce Kinship Partners will be hosting its 29th Annual Taste of the Lakes on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa.

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

Come and celebrate with your friends, family, and co-workers at this gourmet dining event and help support Kinship Partners.
*A limited number of tickets will be sold and must be purchased in advance*
Tickets will go on sale September 2017

Become a 2017 Taste of the Lakes Sponsor
The funds raised at Taste of the Lakes provide dedicated volunteers to hundreds of children each year, and we want you to be a part of it. As a sponsor, you will enjoy many benefits including recognition before and during the event as well as tickets to Taste of the Lakes (benefits determined by sponsorship level).  For questions about sponsoring this event, please contact our Events Manager, Beth Wolf 218.454.8017 or via email

Join a Kinship Partners event committee
Kinship Partners events are run by volunteer committees who work closely with our Events Coordinator. Volunteering on an event committee is a great way to support and get to know Kinship Partners, especially if you don’t think volunteering as a mentor is right for you at this time.


Find out more about joining one of our event committees by contacting Events Manager Beth Wolf at 218.454.8017 or via email at events@kinshippartners.org

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 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.