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Inaugural Portland Kitchen Tour Huge Success; Organizers Already Planning Holiday Home Tour

Throngs of attendees toured six of the peninsula’s most impressive private kitchens


PORTLAND, Maine (May 13, 2013) – If the 425+ attendees is any indication, the inaugural Portland Kitchen Tour was a huge success. The event, which took place this past Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, included self-guided tours of six of the most intriguing private kitchens on the Portland peninsula, including one each in Back Cove and the West End, plus four located in the East End. Each kitchen featured a chef, cookbook author, cooking demo and/or tasting. 

“We went to brunch before the tour, and had a relaxing day peeking into homes. There were some really interesting and unique kitchens. I was inspired, to say the least,” noted Christy Starnes, who traveled from Bath for the event.

The Portland Kitchen Tour was conceived and planned by Marcy Boynton and Lana Wescott, two local entrepreneurs. The pair made sure to thank all of the homeowners and the participating chefs, including All Whipped Up!, A Little Somethin' Sweet, Girl Gone Raw, Kitchen and Cork, CVC, Baxter Brewing and Black Dinah Chocolatiers.

A portion of proceeds benefited Munjoy Hill’s St. Lawrence Arts Center. Event sponsors included Down East, as well as Kitchen Cove Cabinetry & Design, Eco Home Studio and Distinctive Tile & Design, all of which had their showrooms open and hosted promotions during the two-day event.

“This has been so successful, we’ve already started chatting about recruiting some new homes,” said Wescott. “We hope to do a holiday home tour this winter.”

“We’d like to do something like this again, perhaps for the whole home, not just kitchens, sometime over this year’s holiday season,” noted Boynton. “Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details.”