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A home kitchen on this year’s Kitchen Tour. Courtesy photo.




11th Annual Kitchen Tour

When: Sunday, May 31, homes open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Various Bedford homes
Tickets: $45. Includes the tour, lunch and after party. Call 668-5588 or purchase at palacetheatre.org.




Walking through a cook’s wonderland
Annual kitchen tour highlights the latest trends

05/28/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Take a walk on the culinary side of life and explore seven magazine-ready kitchens during the Palace Theatre’s annual Kitchen Tour on Sunday, May 31. 

The Palace Theatre fundraiser gives guests the opportunity to step inside beautiful homes in Bedford to explore the latest trends in kitchen design.
“There are so many homes in Bedford that are beautiful,” development assistant Ashley Therrien said in a phone interview. 
To avoid large crowds and stressful logistics, the Kitchen Tour is set up as a self-guided event with multiple activities for guests to enjoy throughout the day.
“You can start and go in any order [so] you don't have 300  people at the same house at [one] time,” Therrien said. “Because it’s self-guided, at any given time the houses don't feel crowded and it gives people the opportunity to say, ‘I just want to see these three or all of the houses.’”
The day starts at Granite State Cabinetry (384 Route 101, Bedford), one of the tour’s main sponsors, where guests can check in between 9:30 a.m. and noon to receive a lanyard, map, directions and guidebook with details about each home. Another must-have each guest receives is a set of booties to wear over their shoes (like the ones worn in hospitals) to keep the kitchens in the private homes clean. 
Once outfitted with an entry lanyard and booties, participants are free to tour the houses at their leisure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To find the best selection for the tour, the Palace worked with interior designers familiar with area homes, though exactly what guests will see on the tour varies on a house-to-house basis, Therrien said. Sometimes it’s only the kitchen area and other times it expands beyond the kitchen.
“One year we had a house with a whole bar in the basement, and that part of the house was on the tour,” she said. 
Though each house shows different rooms and has different styles, all of them feature the top trends in kitchen color, appliances, cabinetry and more. 
“It’s a way for people to walk through homes and see what's going on right now ... and get ideas for their own home,” Therrien said. “If you enjoy home decor and doing things in your own house or seeing what’s going on in the world of design, it’s a fun way to go around and get some ideas for your own home.”
In addition to the tour, guests have two opportunities to gather to eat and socialize. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Baron’s Major Brands Appliances (967 Gold St., Manchester, baronsmajorbrands.com) will host an open-seated luncheon catered by O Steaks and Seafood. Following the tour, there’s an after party at Labelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, labellewinerynh.com). From 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a wine tasting and appetizer pairing.
“Once you've gone through [the tour], everybody wants to talk to each other about what they saw,” Therrien said. “It’s the perfect atmosphere. … It’s classy and elegant and yet still relaxed [to] just talk with everybody about how great the day was.” 
 
As seen in the May 28, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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