The 31st annual Kinship Partners Taste of the Lakes fundraiser was held Friday, Nov. 15, in the Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge, Nisswa.

Guest culinary judges Chef Matt Annand, co-owner/founder of 3 Cheers Hospitality, and executive chef and partner of Gather on 3 Event Center; and Arlene Jones, owner of The Farm at St. Mathias and cofounder of Sprout, presented awards in each of the categories.

The award for Best Starter was presented to Chef Derek Hyatt from Bar Harbor Supper Club for Grilled Naan Bread Lobster Rolls.

The award for Best Entrée was presented to Chef Shane Moore from Grand View Lodge for Sous Vide Scallops with Truffle Gnocchi.

The award for Best Dessert was presented to Lead Chef Sarah Martz from Heartwood Senior Living Center for Bananas Foster Crème Brûlée.

The traveling People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the guests in attendance, was presented to The Main Street Ale House for Pastrami Short Rib, with Warm Fingerling Potato Salad, Whole Grain Mustard Demi Glace. Chef Paul Fitzpatrick from The Main Street Ale House accepted the award.

Kinship Partners recognizes the Mills Automotive Group for its generous $5,000 matching challenge donation at Taste of the Lakes. Because of the Mills Automotive Group’s donor challenge, Kinship Partners was able to raise an additional $5,000 to support youth mentoring programs.

With offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby and Staples, Kinship Partners serves area families by providing positive role models to youth ages 5-14. 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