Do your New Year’s resolutions include home improvement, refining your culinary palate or giving back to your community? Look no further because on Saturday, Feb. 8, foodies, home-design enthusiasts, architecture admirers and fans of the City Beautiful will gather for the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 11th annual Tour of Kitchens.
The Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Tour of Kitchens is Coral Gables’ signature lifestyle experience. Now for an 11th year, “Tourists” will be inspired as they visit Coral Gables’ most exquisite private residence kitchens, indulge in gourmet samplings and desserts from the city’s best restaurants and shop home goods from local merchants.
More than a tour, proceeds from the event will benefit 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.
“Year after year, the Tour grows in caliber and success,” said Venny Torre, foundation board member and chair of the Tour for the fifth consecutive year. “Events such as the Tour of Kitchens make it possible for our community’s best and brightest to reach their goals.”
Torre is president and CEO of Torre Companies, a full-service real estate development, construction management and certified general contracting company known for its attention to quality, creativity and design details. He also is president of the Coral Gables Business Improvement District.
The Tour will begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast, coffee and mimosas at the Infiniti of Coral Gables showroom on 2701 S. Le Jeune Rd. Stops on this self-guided tour are open from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and guests may visit the homes in any order. From a stop at the iconic Java Head home to an El Sanguich pop-up at Miele, this year’s stops will vary in style and flair, and are all deemed to be a sight to see.
Featured restaurants and vendors to date are Salumeria 104, El Sanguich, CasaCuba, Cheesecake Factory, Someone’s Son, Piuma, la Taberna Giralda, the Breadman, Bask, Plume, the Culinary Arts Students from Coral Gables Senior High, Palm Press Coffee, Coral Gables Garden Club, Nautica, Cao Chocolates, All You Can Nuts, Polished Coconut and Doc B’s Restaurant and Bar.
The Tour finishes with a closing event at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at 4119 Ponce de Leon Boulevard from 1:30 to 4 p.m., featuring barbecue, champagne, coffee, a specially curated silent auction and treats.
Tourists are able to take the self-guided Tour on their own, or tour in style by upgrading their experience with a luxury vehicle from Majestic Limos (get a 10 percent discount with code TOUROFKITCHENS) or in a Mercedes-Benz sprinter van with their friends. Guests also can take the Tour in a group bike ride with experienced bike leaders from Bike Walk Coral Gables. For more information, contact the Foundation at 305-446-9670.
Restaurants and Dessert Participants will be in the running for “Best Taste” and “Best Treat” respectively, as voted by the Tourists. The winners will be awarded at the Coral Gables City Commission meeting following the Tour.
Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online at 2020tourofkitchens.eventbrite.com.
For more information, visit www.gablesfoundation.org.