Another Taste of the Lakes is in the books!

Thank you to everyone who ate a little, drank a little, and bid a little


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

This event was sold out, and it was a fantastic evening of eating, drinking, mingling and bidding, all in support of youth mentoring in the Brainerd Lakes Area!  We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, chefs, distributors, and guests for making the night happen.  And a big THANK YOU to Grand View Lodge and their amazing team for once again hosting this event!

Congrats to our most recent event winners:

Best Starter:  Chef Tower Kruse of Ernie’s for the MN Sushi Rolls

Best Entrée: Chef Quinn Fisher of Main Street Ale House for the Smoked Prime Rib Lollipops

Best Dessert: Chef Justin Christenson of Cragun’s Resort for the Key Lime Tarts

People’s Choice Award: Chef Chris Dunmire of Dunmire’s Bar + Grill for their assortment:

Appetizer Bacon gorgonzola cheese bread
Entrée – Lobster and crab stuffed shrimp over bed of wild mushroom risotto
Dessert Frangelico crumble muffins


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

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


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
8:00 PM Program
8:30 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