Lake Geneva gearing up for the holidays

Taste of the Holidays, taking place Friday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 5

(Published October. 24, 2006, 8:38 p.m.)

With the holiday season arriving long before the last leaf falls, Lake Geneva retailers are welcoming the season with a weekend-long celebration featuring a variety of holiday-themed activities ranging from wine and cheese tastings to designing holiday ornaments to a special holiday appetizer cooking class with Chef Ken Hnilo of critically acclaimed Gilbert's restaurant.

Taste of the Holidays, taking place Friday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 5 at various retailers, offers shoppers and visitors a primer of holiday happenings.

During the weekend, visitors can enjoy special menus and cooking demonstrations at several fine dining establishments and partake in a savory assortment of seasonal offerings designed to assist shoppers with holiday entertaining.

"Taste of the Holidays is an invitation to stroll through downtown Lake Geneva, enjoy the beautiful surroundings in a relaxing pace and partake in any number of fun activities that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit," Karin Bennett, event organizer and owner of Artopia Shop & Gallery was quoted as saying in a news release.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for items donated by Taste of the Holidays merchants.

In addition to the activities taking place in downtown Lake Geneva shops, Lake Geneva Cruise Line will offer scenic boat tours aboard its heated fleet.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa will celebrate the food and wines of Italy with Chef Tony Mantuano of Chicago's Spiaggia Restaurant.

The resort's Brissago restaurant will hold two events; a cooking class featuring the preparation of great Italian meals and a special four-course dinner and wine reception. Reservations are required for events at Brissago and Gilbert's.

Special Taste of the Holidays hotel rates are available at participating lodging establishments including Bella Vista Suites, The Cove of Lake Geneva, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Golden Oaks Mansion and Lake Geneva Motel.

Shops and restaurants participating in Taste of the Holidays includes: Artopia Shop & Gallery, The Bootery, The Cheese Box, Cornerstone Shoppe, Delaney Street Mercantile, Elements of Nature, Fit for a Queen, Gilbert's Restaurant, K.J. Fleming's, Lake Geneva Area Realty, Main Street Memories, Nancy's Petites, Pop More Corks, Rag Thyme, Ristorante Brissago and Wild Birds Unlimited.

For a complete Taste of the Holidays schedule, visit For more information and to make reservations for select Taste of the Holidays events, contact Speakers and Events R Us at (800) 947-6100.




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