Kudos for Kitchens
by Ruthie Oliver
The Laurel Garden Club presents its biennial Kitchen Tour on Saturday, August 17, in Highlands.
Tour some of Highlands’ most exciting and elegant kitchens in Highlands Falls Country Club. Each of the kitchens feature state-of-the-art appliances, beautiful architecture and intuitive design. Laurel Garden Club members will greet you at the homes and be available to tell you about the history of the house and point out unique and noteworthy aspects of the kitchen. While touring the kitchens, meet cookbook authors, including Martha Porter with tasty offerings. We also welcome J.Q Dickinson Salt-Works, seventh-generation salt-makers from West Virginia.
Save time to shop with Asheville’s Matt Tommey, internationally-known woven sculpture artist. Matt will bring his unique sculptural works made from nature and set-up a shop at Highlands Falls Country Club exclusively for the Kitchen Tour. This is a rare opportunity to purchase Matt’s one-of-a-kind sculpture art baskets and woven creations.
Proceeds from the Kitchen Tour are reinvested in the Highlands community with grants to non-profit organizations, including the Highlands Biological Foundation, Highlands Historical Society, and The Peggy Crosby Center. The club has made these grants every year since 2002 and has returned a total of $172,865 to community organizations. The purpose of The Laurel Garden Club is to “aid in the protection and conservation of our natural resources, encourage civic beauty and roadside beautification, stimulate the fine art of gardening and enable cooperation with other organizations furthering the interest of horticulture and conservation.”
Thank you to our homeowners who graciously opened their homes for the Kitchen Tour and to our generous sponsors Country Club Properties, The Dry Sink, Highlands Falls Country Club, Inman Park Marble and Granite, Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream, The Laurel Magazine, Wilson Gas and Electric, and Wind River Construction for their support.
Tickets are $100, which includes a fabulous lunch prepared by chefs at Highlands Falls Country Club and local transportation to the homes. Timed tickets can be purchased at The Dry Sink, 450 Main Street in Highlands and online at laurelgardenclubhighlands.com.
Can’t wait to see you at the Kitchen Tour!