10 Terrific Boulder Kitchens on Fundraising Tour

Not just kitchens but food showcased in 2010 Kitchens Are Cooking! event

I love home tours in general and kitchen tours in particular and food (of course), so I really love Kitchens Are Cooking!, an opportunity to see, admire and (yes) envy some of the most beautiful kitchens around town. The annual event, which used to be called Kitchens On Fire, takes place next weekend, May 1-2, and features 10 gorgeous Boulder County spaces in which to cook, eat and entertain. Click here for a map of locations.

The event is always a showcase for architects, interior designers, home builders and deep-pocketed homeowners, and this year, “the renowned food community” has a high profile too with cooking demonstrations in each home. Themes include Spice Up Your Life, East Meets West, Chop Chop, Cape Cod in the Rockies, Chef’s Kitchen, Curious Chef and Farm to Table, presented by folks from the Savory Spice Shop, Hapa Sushi, Cooper Teas, Cutco, Cayenne Kitchen, Mountain High Appliance, Savory Cuisines, Peppercorn, the Culinary School of the Rockies, Slow Food Boulder, What’s Cooking, Kitchen Chef Mary Collette Rogers, Chef Cheyne Keith and others.

Kitchens Are Cooking! benefits “I Have a Dream” Foundation’s Healthy Bodies = Healthy Minds initiative to provides low-income children with life skills focused on nutrition and wellbeing, participation in various recreational activities, and healthy after-school snacks. Given all the recent attention to childhood obesity coupled with malnutrition, especially in low-income communities, this is a program worth supporting.

You can purchase tickets ($18 per person, $35 for two) locally at King Soopers (866-464-2626),
Studio3 Kitchen Design (1719 15th Street, Boulder, 303-449-7383); What’s Cooking (2770 Arapahoe Road, Lafayette, 303-666-0300); and of course, at the I Have a Dream Foundation office (3012 Sterling Circle, Suite 200, Boulder, 303-444-3636). There is a link to Tickets West for online purchases, but when I search for Kitchens Are Cooking, I come to dead end on the information highway. Maybe you’ll have better luck. Otherwise, pick up tickets locally, grab a friend and save a buck. You’ll come away from the tour inspired and, if you’re like me, a tad envious of the people who have these dream kitchens.