I know three people, one being my very fortunate neighbor, who are blowing out walls, ceilings and doors, to create their dream kitchen. I don't mean moving an appliance and taking down a wall, I mean those willing to forego peace, quiet, and any kind of working kitchen for some 6-12 weeks in order to have the kind of kitchen fit for glossy magazines, where clutter and crumbs are nowhere to be found. Maybe it's a spring thing, but everyone and every thing screams kitchen when blooms open and screens replace windows. The Music Hall's 18th Annual Kitchen Tour throughout Portsmouth carries the torch a bit farther. Whether sleek and contemporary, cozy and traditional, or city-loft-gray-with-only-an-espresso-maker-on-the-counter, these seacoast kitchens are packed with innovation and imagination. And they're open to you!
Special guest is Gourmet Magazine editor, Ruth Reichl, for this year's tour. "Reichl is one of the giants of our time in the realm of food. We are delighted to have her as a special guest on our fabulous kitchen tour. In the increasingly gourmet city of Portsmouth, a real restaurant haven, she should draw a great crowd. It'll be an exciting day," said Patricia Lynch, The Music Hall's executive director.
The Tour is this Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is self-guided - so take your sweet old time where you like. Click here for a Kitchen Map PDF. Call the Music Hall at 603-436-2400 for info or tickets. Tour costs $20 for members; $23 for non-members; or $25 day of event.