Taste of the Lakes is back!

November 12th, 2021 at Grand View Lodge  

Eat a little, Drink a little, Bid a little

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The 33rd annual Kinship Partners Taste of the Lakes fundraiser will be held Friday, November 12th in the Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

This event will be a fun evening comprised of some of your favorites – wine, beer and spirit tastings; silent and live auctions; live music; and, of course, incredible food prepared for you by an impressive array of local chefs.  As usual, awards will be presented by a celebrity judge for Best Starter, Best Entrée, and Best Dessert while YOU get to vote for the highly coveted People’s Choice award!

Congrats to our most recent event winners:

Best Starter:  Chef Derek Hyatt from Bar Harbor Supper Club for their Grilled Naan Bread Lobster Rolls.

Best Entrée: Chef Shane Moore from Grand View Lodge for their Sous Vide Scallops with Truffle Gnocchi.

Best Dessert: Chef Sarah Martz from Heartwood Senior Living Center for their Banana’s Foster Crème Brûlée.

People’s Choice Award: Chef Paul Fitzpatrick, Main Street Ale House for their Pastrami Short Rib, with Warm Fingerling Potato Salad, Whole Grain Mustard Demi Glace.

For information on how you can become a sponsor, donate to our auctions, or serve on our event committee, please contact events@kinshippartners.org.

With offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby, and Staples; Kinship Partners serves area families by providing positive role models to kids ages of 5 to 14.  Mentors can be individuals, couples or families.

For more information about any of the kids waiting for a Kinship Partners mentor, call (218) 829-4606, or visit our website at www.kinshippartners.org.


All proceeds benefit the Kinship Partners youth mentoring programs.


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


Become a 2021 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 Amy Gray at 218.454.8013 or via email

Join a Kinship Partners event committee
Kinship Partners events are run by volunteer committees that 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 at events@kinshippartners.org