The Junior League of Wilmington's 8th annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour will showcase sixteen of the finest kitchens in the Brandywine Valley and beyond this weekend.

The Junior League of Wilmington's 8th annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour will showcase sixteen of the finest kitchens in the Brandywine Valley and beyond this weekend.

The tour is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, rain or shine. Private homes throughout the greater Wilmington area as well as homes in Chester County, Pa. comprise the self-guided tour.

The tour provides participants with the chance to be inspired by fabulous kitchen renovations while enjoying a variety of culinary demonstrations and samples, Junior League of Wilmington spokeswoman Mary Fenimore said

“This year we have some amazing kitchens,” Fenimore. “Of special note, we have a kosher kitchen, an outdoor kitchen and a kitchen that was done on a very tight budget of less than $15,000!

“We will be offering absolutely amazing food samples along the tour provided by area chefs and restaurants,” she said. “We like to say that we have everything from crab cakes to cupcakes.”

The tour is open to the public. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 day of event. Group rates are available.

Proceeds from the Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour support the Junior League of Wilmington’s community programs and mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Synopses of kitckens on the tour:

Leviton: Kosher kitchen with abundant storage & countertop workspace to keep preparation of dairy & meat separate. Breakfast room created around MacKenzie-Childs cupboard. Walk-in pantry with custom built-in wood shelving.


Hendrixson: 1700's "Twin Chimney's" Farm. High end modern appliances that also retain farmhouse/historic look. Circular breakfast room & family room extension with soaring beamed ceiling.

Gannon: Sunshine & breathtaking views given to a once windowless kitchen. Modern stainless cabinets mixed with traditional painted blue/grey ones.

Hodgson: Grandmother's Parisian plates which homeowner collects is the inspiration behind this French provincial styled kitchen, with open space into dining/family area. Stone fireplace from Angersteins. It was Important to keep old windows on third floor which became an architectural issue when designing the addition due to the roof peak. LG Artcool HVAC system

Linarducci: One-of-a-kind kitchen designed by Chef and owner Dan Butler of BigChefGuy (Toscana, Deep Blue, Brandywine Prime). This is an artisan kitchen. Entire wall - floor to ceiling travertine tile. Also a garage turned into a family room.

Nutting: Budget friendly, modern and bright galley kitchen. This is a great example of splurge vs. save. The entire kitchen was done for less than $15,000!

Reardon: Large kitchen with a warm rustic feel with its custom fawn finished, distressed cherry cabinets. Wood paneled Kitchen Aid refrigerator. Breakfast bar opens to large family room addition with wall to wall windows.

Micheletti: 1900's Westover Hills kitchen with French/Old World style. La Cornue 6-burner range. Custom built banquette & desk area.

Reid: John K. Sturgis Builders. Inc, designed this Centreville outdoor kitchen to be the social centerpiece for the homeowners desire to entertain outside. Cabinetry made from Lyptus Wood, Granite counter tops and back splash installed by Old Stone built on a flagstone patio. There is a screened in porch leading to this covered grill "cooking/entertainment" area.

Biddle/Fishman: Huge, front to back kitchen/breakfast area with double islands. Part of a whole house renovation.

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