Food for Thought: A Tour of Kitchens
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4
How much: $30
Where to buy advance tickets:
The Little Ladybug, 1185 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
The Crystal Plate, 112 Bradford St. NW, Gainesville
Chase’s Do it Best Hardware, 3540 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Online at tppinc.org/FoodForThought
Where to buy tickets day of event: 740 Memorial Drive, Gainesville
Last summer, Vickie and Rich White decided it was time for a change. Their 20-year-old kitchen was in need of some updating.
"As my husband said we had a perfectly good white kitchen," Vickie White said laughing.
Even though white colored kitchens are making a bit of a comeback, she wanted something completely different to spice up their country club home.
They painted the walls a smoky black and installed a white tounge-and-grove ceiling. The inspiration for her kitchen’s new theme came when she found a Tuscan-inspired kitchen hood that crowns the 48-inch, commercial-grade oven range backed by a tiled mosaic. To chore of cooking is made easier with a pot filler faucet positioned above the range.
"I really wanted my hood to be the focal point so I decided to move the refrigerator over here," Vickie White said as she opened the doors of her built-in refrigerator.
Sunday, the Whites and three other families will open their homes for the annual "Food for Thought: A Tour of Kitchens," a fundraising event to benefit Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc., an organizations based in Gainesville. Home and food lovers can stroll through the tour’s kitchens and sample cuisines prepared by local chefs.
The Whites’ kitchen is a master of disguise. Behind every one of the deep Walnut stained cherry cabinets is a functional surprise.
The refrigerator blends in perfectly with the cabinetry as do the two pull-out pantries on either side, two lazy Susans, two large sliding spice racks next to the stove and under the microwave is a warming drawer.
While Vickie White said she "has a thing" about hiding appliances and electrical cords from view, the kitchen provides plenty of space for displaying a collection of exotic vases and heirloom dish sets.
"I had it in my mind all along that I wanted to find some Italian pottery to go with the cabinets," she said.
One of her favorite pottery pieces, a large red Italian vase, rests of the kitchen’s large, cream colored island. The island holds a large farmhouse sink.
Vickie White admits she doesn’t do a lot of cooking or baking but she loves to entertain. She frequently holds holiday parties for her son’s and husband’s offices.
At Sunday’s event, chefs from local restaurants will cook up their favorite recipes in the kitchens from 1 to 5 p.m.
Amy White, chairwoman for Teen Pregnancy Prevention’s board of directors, said the event usually draws between 150 and 200 people. She said it’s a great opportunity for people to see what improvements others have made to their kitchens before beginning projects of their own, calling all of the homes in this year’s tour "really, really nice."
"Two of the houses are new constructions and two are remodels. That’s a good combination for the tour because a lot of people are looking to remodel," Amy White said.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc. aims to prevent teen pregnancy by providing age-appropriate prevention programs and council to teens who are pregnant or who have a child.
Tickets for the tour are available for $30 on the organization’s website, www.tppinc.org, and at The Little Lady Bug, The Crystal Plate and Chase’s Do It Best Hardware. Tickets can also be purchased at the first stop of the tour, 741 Memorial Drive.