Taste of the North coming April 11Good food for a good cause has made North Shore Horizons’ annual Taste of the North event a favorite for years. In fact, says Steph Coffey, it has been so popular that people have had to be turned away. This year’s event, Thursday, April 11, at Superior Shores is open to just 200 people.
By: Tammy Francois, Lake County News Chronicle
Good food for a good cause has made North Shore Horizons’ annual Taste of the North event a favorite for years. In fact, says Steph Coffey, it has been so popular that people have had to be turned away. This year’s event, Thursday, April 11, at Superior Shores is open to just 200 people.
The idea is simple. Chefs from all along the North Shore gather and prepare samples of their best culinary offerings for attendees. Live music plays and everyone enjoys the food and silent auction while night falls over a beautiful lake. The evening’s proceeds help support the work of Two Harbors-based non-profit organization dedicated to the safety of women and children.
“This year’s event promises to be exciting. It’s wonderful how community members really come together and generously support survivors of violence. From past restaurants, and even a few new ones, everyone will sample some of the best local foods from delicious savory items to sweet treats, Coffey said.
North Shore Horizons provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Lake County— 306 adults and children last year—and relies on fund raising events such as Taste of the North to meet expenses. The event was the brainchild of one of the organizations volunteers.
“The idea of Taste of the North came from one of our dedicated crisis line volunteers, Marj Carol, as a way to raise funds to support North Shore Horizons and also highlight some amazingly talented local chefs. She loved the North Shore and was passionate about promoting all the great things we have here,” said Coffey. Carol died two years ago, but the event she envisioned has continued to grow from its humble beginnings at the Two Harbors Community Center, to its current venue. It has become North Shore Horizon’s primary fundraiser, last year raising almost $7,500.
The money is used wherever it is most needed within four program areas: crisis intervention, legal advocacy, supportive housing, and prevention and education.
Since 2008, Taste of the North has also included the recognition of community members or organizations that have worked on behalf of sexual and domestic violence victims in Lake County. Past recipients of North Shore Horizon’s Community Impact Award have been the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Two Harbors Police Department, local artist Jody Freij-Tonder, Glory Mitchell, formerly of AEOA, who helped secure housing for women in need, and former NSH board member, Leigh Hoffert. Two women will receive the award in April.
“This year’s award winners are Laura Comrie and Lisa Beatrez. Both have become certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and are starting a SANE program at Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors,” said Coffey. SANEs are registered nurses who have advanced training in the forensic examination of sexual assault victims. Examinations are performed according to specific protocols so evidence can be stored or analyzed for use by law enforcement and prosecution in sexual violence cases. The women sought their own funding to participate in the SANE training and have been at the forefront of efforts to start a SANE program in Lake County.
Taste of the North planning is nearly completed, but Coffey said the chefs have not yet revealed the evening’s menu. It is known, however, that they are giving generously of time and resources to make the event a success.
“Unfortunately we don’t know what the chefs are preparing yet. They usually don’t decide until a week before the event,” she said, adding that,” all the food is donated and the chefs do a fantastic job of creating special items just for this event.”
Singer and songwriter Hannah Rey is donating her time and artists and businesses have provided given to the cause as well, which “makes for a really exciting silent auction,” Coffey enthused.
Again, only 200 tickets are available for this popular event. They can be purchased by calling 834-5924 or by emailing email@example.com. Tickets are $25 per person. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.