The two-day event includes self-guided tours of 14 homes with kitchens decorated by Atlanta’s top designers, as well as chef demonstrations.
“I often plan my schedule around the chefs that I’d like to see,” said event chair Evyan O’Keefe.
She said she is a “self-admitted foodie” but those who are “homier,” or interested in the interior design of homes, are welcome to explore other parts of the homes, as instructed by homeowners.
“I am really excited to see a lot of chefs from really exciting restaurants in Atlanta,” O’Keefe said.
As the league’s largest annual fundraising event, all proceeds will go back to the league’s efforts to support the health, welfare and education of women and children in Atlanta.
“All the money from everything we do in the community goes toward those three important focus areas,” said league president Camille Kesler. “So many nonprofits have suffered because of the downturn in the economy. We have been very fortunate that our tour has remained pretty steady. … The more people we can get to come out, the more we can help at-risk women and children.”
To date, the Tour of Kitchens has generated $1 million to support the league and its imitative.
“I love looking inside people’s homes,” Kesler said. “I love going through all these gorgeous houses.”
She said she is excited to walk into other residents’ homes and come back with idea for her own home. Saturday, the tour will be in areas including Ansley Park, Morningside, North Druid Hills and Virginia-Highland, and Sunday, it will move to Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Roswell.
Additionally, there will be a Toast of the Tour Party Friday at Mason Murer Fine Art in Buckhead from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online.
“I’m likening this party to a sweet 16 party. It’s going to be fantastic,” Kesler said. “It is open to the public for anyone who wants to buy a ticket and come out, and have fun and support the Junior League of Atlanta.”
She said there will be entertainment and activities like a live band, gourmet food, open bars, mixology demonstrations and a silent auction.
If you go:
o What: Junior League of Atlanta’s Tour of Kitchens
o Where: 14 metro Atlanta homes
o When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
o Tickets: $35 in advance and $40 on tour days
o Information: www.tourofkitchens.org