We are pleased to announce Kinship Partners will be hosting its 30th Annual Taste of the Lakes on Friday, November 9, 2018, at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa. Come and celebrate with your friends, family, and co-workers at this gourmet dining event and help support Kinship Partners.

The premier chefs will provide an evening of gourmet tastes and the samples of wine and beer contribute to making this a very special occasion.  Along with a silent auction, it is an “eat a little, drink a little, bid a little…” evening of merriment for everyone!  All proceeds benefit the Kinship Partners youth mentoring programs.

While you are enjoying the wine and beer tasting time (5:30 pm-7:00 pm) professional chef/judges will be sampling the evening’s dishes to determine the award winners from the following categories: starter (appetizer, soup, or salad), entrée, and dessert.

Then at 7:00 pm, as our guest, you will enter the dining room and “Taste” the samples provided by area chefs and caterers. In addition, you will vote for your favorite which will determine the People’s Choice Award.


Tickets for the 2018 Taste of The Lakes event are sold out. If you want to be placed on a waiting list, please send your name, how many tickets and your phone number to davidd@kinshippartners.org

People’s Choice Award

The traveling People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the guests in attendance, was presented to Grand View Lodge for their Starter – Bourbon Short Rib Soup, and Entrée – Apple Smoked Brisket, Tomato Bacon Jam, Duck Confit Au Gratin Potato.  Resort Sous Chef Shawn Lowmen resort From Grand View Lodge accepted the award from the 2016 winner, Executive Chef Brian Diumenti from Irma’s Kitchen at Cragun’s.

5:30 PM Wine & Beer Tasting
(Silent Auction Begins)
7:00 PM Chef’s Presentations
7:30 PM Program
8:00 PM Chef Awards

We want to thank…

the following chefs who have already confirmed
their place at Taste of the Lakes 2018

Chef Thomas Kavanaugh
Chef Consultant and Personal Chef, Co-Owner Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort

Christopher Dwyer, CEC, CCA, CE, AAC
Director of Food & Beverage at Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel Minneapolis


Become a 2018 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 David Downing at 218.454.8013 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 Kinship at 218.829.4606 or via email to marilynh@kinshippartners.org