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Jul 21, 2019








A kitchen to be featured in this year’s Palace Theatre Kitchen Tour. Courtesy photo.

Palace Theatre’s 12th annual Kitchen Tour 

When: Sunday, June 5, registration is 9:30 a.m. to noon, tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Begin at Granite State Cabinetry, 384 Route 101, Bedford
Cost: $50, includes lunch and after-party wine-tasting

Kitchen ambition
Palace Theatre hosts 12th annual Kitchen Tour

By Angie Sykeny

 Check out the latest kitchen trends and get inspiration for the kitchen of your dreams at the Palace Theatre’s 12th annual Kitchen Tour on Sunday, June 5, as you embark on a self-guided tour to visit seven homes boasting gorgeous kitchens in Bedford and Manchester.

“We find that this is the time of year, after a long winter, when people are looking to remodel and update their kitchens,” said Tammi Graff, director of corporate development at the Palace Theatre. “[The Kitchen Tour] is a chance for them to peek inside some beautiful homes, explore several of the finest kitchen designs and get decorating ideas.” 
Registration takes place at Granite State Cabinetry in Bedford from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There, guests can pick up their tour maps and programs and enjoy coffee and pastries before heading out to the homes. 
The tour includes five homes in Bedford and two in Manchester, and participants can visit them in any order. All of the kitchens are relatively new — built within the last two years or so — and were carefully selected to ensure the tour highlights a wide variety of styles. 
“Each one is so different,” Graff said. “It’s going to be really exciting and fun to see the whole range of designs with different colors, cabinetries, countertops and appliances.”  
Graff said some hot trends to look for on the tour include tongue-and-groove ceilings; large islands that maximize seating and storage and islands with cooktops; floor-to-ceiling and custom-built cabinetry; creative backsplashes and lighting options; chef kitchens with commercial-grade appliances; dual sinks and dishwashers; and modern and transitional designs. 
Guests typically spend 15 to 20 minutes at each stop. While the kitchens are the focal point, most homes also have adjacent rooms on display to show how their kitchen coheres with the rest of the home. 
The homeowners are usually out enjoying the tour for themselves, but most of the kitchens will have the designers who worked on them on site to talk about the kitchens’ features and answer questions. Kitchens without a designer will be attended by Palace Theatre ushers. 
Photography is not allowed, but the tour program booklet will have information listed for each kitchen, including contact info for the designers and builders and the brands and models of the kitchen’s features. 
“There’s so many elements, it can be overwhelming,” Graff said, “but I tell people, ‘Don’t get overwhelmed with the whole kitchen. If you can leave with one new idea or exciting new trend to take home, then it’s been a successful day for you.’”
From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., tour participants are invited to an open-seated gourmet luncheon at Baron’s Major Brands (967 Gold St., Manchester), catered by O Steaks and Seafood. Many of the homes will have some refreshments on site as well, provided by local businesses. 
For the second year, the tour will conclude with an after party at LaBelle Winery (345, Route 101, Amherst) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy a wine-tasting with paired appetizers and socialize with other tour participants. 
“It’s a fun place to gather at the end,” Graff said. “There’s a lot of excitement over the tour, and I feel like the attendees like to talk about their day and what they’ve seen and share their insights.”

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