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Foundation hosts successful 2016 Tour of Kitchens

February 10, 2016

by Jade Lleonart

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(Coral Gables, FL | February 9, 2016)  On Saturday, February 6, 2016, a mix of foodies and home-design enthusiasts gathered together for the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Seventh Annual Tour of Kitchens.

Nine of Coral Gables’ finest private home kitchens opened their doors to the public and offered mouthwatering food tastings, exclusive home and kitchen items for sale and table setting displays for dining room inspiration. In addition to the homes, Astor Companies featured a sneak peek into the Merrick Manor development with a stop at the Merrick Manor Sales Gallery, which included Mediterranean-inspired bites and a gift bag for each guest. Scavolini Store Miami was also a featured stop on the Tour. The shop transported guests straight to Italy with its impressive showroom and authentic Italian fare prepared by a talented chef from Spuntino Catering. Proceeds from the 7th Annual Tour of Kitchens benefitted the Coral Gables Community Foundation and its Culinary Arts Fund, which provides support and scholarships for the Culinary Arts Program at Coral Gables Senior High School.

The Tour kicked off with the Opening Event at the Snaidero Kitchens + Design showroom, where a lavish breakfast, coffee and mimosas were served. From there, guests began their self-guided Tour.

Each home on the Tour featured tasty bites from a popular eatery, including Whisk Gourmet, MesaMar Seafood & Table, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Bricktop’s and La Taberna Giralda. The beneficiaries of the Tour itself, the Culinary Arts Program students from Coral Gables Senior High School, also showed off their culinary skills at one of the homes by preparing a delicious and refreshing ceviche dish.

The Tour finished with a Closing Event at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery featuring Martini Prosecco provided by Bacardi. At the Closing Event, guests indulged in the wide array of dessert provided by The Salty Donut, Vixi Gelateria, Oh My Gosh!!! Brigadeiros, Almotti Cookies, Misha’s Cupcakes, Mash Potatoes and local Girl Scout Troop #941. Also featured at Ferguson were kitchen talks by noted kitchen designer Julia Johnston and a silent auction including home, kitchen and foodie-related items.

“This signature event attracts nearly 500 guests and is a fabulous community gathering year after year,” said Mary Snow, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

The 2016 Tour of Kitchens was made possible by the support of the following generous sponsors: Top Chef Sponsors Astor Companies/Merrick Manor, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and Scavolini Miami; Gourmand Sponsor Snaidero Kitchens + Design; Gourmet Sponsors Raymond James and EWM International Realty; Foodie Sponsor Valerie Quemada, Realtor; and In-Kind Sponsors: Doctors Hospital, Bacardi/Martini Prosecco, GEM Spring Water, Waste Management and The Palace. South Florida Luxury Guide served as the Media Partner for the event.

To view more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

Tour of Kitchens