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4th annual Tour of Kitchens is sold out!

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by mbokor

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The 4th annual Tour of Kitchens presented by Apollo Bank is sold out.  

The fourth annual Tour of Kitchens, presented by Apollo Bank, takes place on Saturday, Jan. 26, and will showcase eight of Coral Gables’ finest residential kitchens, offering food tastings, table setting displays and home-related merchandise available for sale.

With 10 destinations in all, the tour begins any time from 10 a.m. on with breakfast bites, coffee and mimosas at Snaidero kitchens + design showroom, 4110 Ponce de Leon Blvd. At check-in, tour participants will be given a program booklet containing the tour map. (Addresses are not disclosed until the day of the tour.)

Homes on this self-guided tour will be open until 2 p.m., and participants may visit the homes in the order they choose. Last entry to the tour homes will be 1:45 p.m.

The tour finishes with a closing event in the Books & Books courtyard, 265 Aragon Ave., from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., featuring champagne, desserts, a display on kitchen trends and cookbook authors who will meet guests and sign books. Honorary Chair and Coral Gables’ First Lady Carmen Cason will also attend the closing event to meet and greet participants.

Tour tickets are $50 per person and all-inclusive of food and beverages, including the closing event, and may be purchased at, the starting point (Snaidero) on the day of the tour, or at the Giant Gables Gourmet Garage Sale, 1217 Granada Blvd. Participants may also buy tickets by calling the Coral Gables Community Foundation at 305-446-9670. Tickets will be mailed to you (or can be available at will call).

Proceeds benefit the foundation and the Coral Gables Senior High School Culinary Arts Program. Apollo Bank is the Presenting Sponsor. Others include Harborfront Landing, Snaidero kitchens + design, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, and the Alma Jennings Foundation.

This year BikeWalkCoralGables will provide tour participants with a bicycle-ride option. Anyone interested in taking the tour by bicycle will be led by trained bicycle leaders using safe routes to each home on the tour. For more information or to make reservations, contact

One of the eight homes features the Giant Gourment Garage Sale, a partnership with Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami. The Giant Gourmet Garage Sale will be held at 1217 Granada Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is the home of local celebrity dessert chef Lucila Venet-Jimenez, whose business “Sweet Art by Lucila” is very popular for wedding cakes and other special occasions. Sweet Art by Lucila has locations at Red/Bird, The Falls, Pembroke Pines and Doral.

Admission to the Giant Gourmet Garage Sale is free; however, to gain admission to Lucila’s kitchen (featured on the tour) guests must have a Tour of Kitchens ticket (wristband). Tour tickets will also be sold at this location.

This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink garage sale offers new and gently used aprons, art, bake ware, baskets, bric-a-brac, candles, ceramics, china, collectibles, cookbooks, crystal, dish towels, flatware, gadgets, linens, napkins, pots and pans, small appliances, stemware, tins, Tupperware, vases and much more.

The Giant Gourmet Garage Sale also features the bountiful Dames Marketplace, offering locally grown fruit and vegetables, potted herbs, vegetable “starts,” prepared foods and baked goods-all homemade or homegrown by the chapter’s chef, caterer and farmer members.

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Thank you to all participants and sponsors!