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Guests sample a "Taste" of the region's best

Michael and Melissa Dolpies of Twelve 31 Catering in Tilton served their food at Taste of the Lakes Region for the first time. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
April 03, 2019
MEREDITH — Visitors could sample from restaurants across the region and contribute to a good cause at the 29th annual Taste of the Lakes Region.

On Sunday, restaurants from across the Lakes Region set up at Church Landing in Meredith to give out samples of their dishes to ticketholders. Taste of the Lakes Region is a major fundraiser for Laconia Altrusa with all proceeds going back into the Lakes Region community.

Restaurants are asked to come to the event in the late winter.

"The restaurants ate great about donating their time," said Sue Clauson, vice president of Laconia Altrusa.

Laconia Altrusa president Carla Peterson said one thing they have heard from the restaurants is they like how this goes to a worthy cause.

"A new restaurant could get their name out to a large number of people," Clauson said.

Peterson said as this time of year is Mud Season, this is a good way to get people out of the house for a worthy cause. She said for their 30th year next year she hopes the event will be "bigger and better."

Bar Manager Tracey Sopinsky and Kitchen Manager Rick Morten of Patrick's Pub and Eatery of Gilford served a "Power Salad" with ingredients like quinoa pilaf, cucumbers, red peppers, red cabbage, and a soy vinaigrette.

Patrick's has been taking part in Taste of the Lakes Region for many years.

"This is a fun event, this is a nice little room to have it in too," Morten said.

Morten said this was a good way to promote Patrick's tikki bar.

Canoe of Center Harbor served house made mac and cheese with Rubbin' Butts kielbasa.

Canoe co-owner Scott Oullette said Canoe has been part of Taste of the Lakes Region for around 15 to 16 years.

"It's always a fun time; it's good to see all the locals come out and support it," Oullette said.

He said they will see people come back to their table two or three times.

New at Taste of the Lakes Region this year was Twelve 31 Events of Tilton, serving pizza dip and seafood chowder. The catering company run by the husband and wife team of Michael and Melissa Dolpies opened in May of 2018.They said they had heard of Taste of the Lakes Region and after emailing the organizers they had a spot in the event.

Michael said they ran out of all their seafood chowder by the end and had some of the pizza dip left.

"I always think getting people to taste the food is a good way for people who don't know a lot about you to see you," Michelle said.

Varney Smith
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