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Tour highlights chef-worthy kitchens

The hearts of these homes feature the 'latest and greatest,' and local tastes

POSTED: October 20, 2011 11:00 p.m.

The kitchen at the Addison home features a custom pull out spice rack.

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Lindsay Addison may be living in her childhood home, but her newly renovated kitchen is all grown up.

"It's a complete remodel," Addison says.

Ordinarily, in order to get up close and personal with the amenities in Addison's kitchen, you'd need to be a friend or family member.

But from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, the home will be one of several featured in "Food for Thought: A Tour of Kitchens."

One of the dominant features of the room is the cooking island in the center of the space. With bar seats on one side and a cook-top on the other, the marble topped island makes preparing a meal more of a show instead of a chore, since guests have a front-row view of the action.

Even washing dishes becomes less mundane with the picture window behind the sink that overlooking the backyard and garden boxes with sprouting vegetables and herbs.

"I like to grow and dry some of my own spices," Addison says.

And when she's done with those homegrown seasonings, she tucks them away in her pullout, 5-foot tall spice rack.

"I like to cook a lot, so I think the spice rack is my favorite feature," Addison said.

Just as the spice rack is hidden from view, so are her baking supplies. The white, beadboard cabinet has doors that open to reveal a tidy workspace and the necessary ingredients for whipping up a baked treat in a jiffy.

"I like that you can close the doors and not see everything," Addison says.

Sunday's tour is a fundraiser for Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc., a Gainesville-based organization.

"The event started with the food-for-thought theme. We were looking for something that wasn't being done here in Gainesville," said Amy White, chairwoman of the organization's board of directors.

"We always tour about five homes. Sometimes it's new construction and sometimes it's a remodel, but it always has a nice kitchen. A cook's kind of kitchen."

In addition to checking out the "latest and greatest of interior design," tour participants will also get the opportunity to sample a specialty treat at each of the stops. Each home will feature food by a different local chef representing Sidebar 120, My Daily Bread, 2 Dog Restaurant, Scott's on the Square, Holbrook of Lake Lanier and Re-cess Southern Gastro-Pub.

According to White, the food will include brunch and lunch items, as well as specialty breads and jellies.

Tickets for the driving tour are $30 each and can be purchased in advance at local retailers or Sunday at a specified stop on the tour.

"All of the houses are generally within a few miles of each other," White said.

Participants will be given a map and address for each of the homes when they purchase their tickets.



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