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Grand View wins People's Choice at Taste of Lakes fundraiser

Kinship Partners held its 29th annual Taste of the Lakes fundraiser Friday, Nov. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Guest culinary judge was Timothy Fischer, executive chef at Loews Hotel in Minneapolis, who presented awards in each of the catego...

Judge Timothy Fischer (right) presents the Best Starter award to Brian Diumenti, executive chef at Irm'as Kitchen.
Judge Timothy Fischer (right) presents the Best Starter award to Brian Diumenti, executive chef at Irm'as Kitchen. Submitted Photo

Kinship Partners held its 29th annual Taste of the Lakes fundraiser Friday, Nov. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

Guest culinary judge was Timothy Fischer, executive chef at Loews Hotel in Minneapolis, who presented awards in each of the categories.

The winner for Best Starter was Brian Diumenti, executive chef at Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's, for crispy pork belly and crawfish cake.

The award for Best Entrée went to Tom Johnson, executive chef at Breezy Point Resort, for bistro surf and turf, which is slow braised boneless short rib and lobster ravioli.

Best Dessert went to Derek Hyatt, chef at Bar Harbor Supper Club, for maple bourbon ice cream drink with bacon.

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The traveling People's Choice Award, which is voted on by the guests in attendance, went to Grand View Lodge for its bourbon short rib soup starter and entrée of apple smoked brisket, tomato bacon jam and duck confit au gratin potato. Resort Sous Chef Shawn Lowmen accepted the award from Diumenti, the 2016 winner.

With offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby and Staples, Kinship Partners serves area families by providing positive role models to youth 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 www.kinshippartners.org .

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