Published DateLACONIA — Tickets are now on sale for the Taste of the Lakes Region. Now in its 23rd year, the event serves as the largest fund raiser for the Altrusa of Laconia service organization as well as a showcase of the region's brightest culinary talents.
Returning to tradition, the Taste of the Lakes Region will be held on April 7. As an experiment last year, the event was held in May and had the misfortune of falling on the first beautiful spring day of the year. After a long winter, even delicious food couldn't compete with the allure of warm sunshine. "Last year was too late, we're going back to when we used to be," said Altrusa member Nancy LeRoy.
Tickets cost $25 each and may be purchased from Hector's Fine Food and Spirits, Coldwell-Banker Residential Brokerage, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant or from Altrusa members. Those who purchase a block of 20 tickets or more will receive a 10-percent discount. Because there's a cash bar at the event, no persons younger than 21 will be admitted.
With the purchase of a ticket comes the opportunity to enter the Taste — held at the Conference Center at the Lake Opechee Inn & Spa — and sample signature dishes created by the region's best kitchens. There are typically about 25 local restaurants that volunteer to participate, and in doing so they collectively represent the range of culinary imaginations working in the Lakes Region, from the established favorites to the up-and-comers.
Participating restaurants receive no compensation other than the opportunity to wow potential diners. Therefore, the proceeds from ticket sales go directly into Altrusa projects that benefit the local community. Namely, scholarships for local students, literacy programs at libraries and hospitals, and birthday celebrations for residents at the Belknap County Nursing Home.
"The money we raise goes back to the community — every penny," said LeRoy.
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Nancy LeRoy, Altrusa of Laconia member, holds one of the tickets to the Taste of the Lakes Region event, scheduled for April 7. Tickets for the event went on sale this week. Behind her are Altrusa member Maureen Sanborn, who chairing the event this year; Ed Engler, editor and president of The Laconia Daily Sun; Altrusa member Carla Peterson, and Rick Hopper of Binnie Media (WLNH & WEMJ radio). The Daily Sun and Binnie Media are among the sponsors of the event. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)