If you go
What: Dream Kitchens are Cooking Tour
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m Sunday
Where: Various houses in Boulder and Louisville
Tickets: Studio3 Kitchen and Bath Interiors: 1719 15th St. Boulder: "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County: 3012 Sterling Circle, Suite 200, Boulder, 303-444-3636; any King Soopers location or 1-866-464-2626 or ticketswest.com (surcharge added)
Note: This story has been edited to correct the following errors. Tom Cattany's name was misspelled and the Sunday times for the tour were incorrect.
Who doesn't love food, a remodeled kitchen and helping kids go to college?
The "I Have A Dream Foundation" in Boulder offers all three with its Dream Kitchens are Cooking Tour on Saturday and Sunday.
"Each home has a theme, and it's a great opportunity to see the different designers," said Lori Canova, president and CEO of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation.
The nonprofit seeks to help children from low-income communities reach their educational and career goals through mentoring and tutoring. Once students graduate from high school, they are eligible to receive scholarships to college. The money from the kitchen tour helps the foundation raise money for more scholarships.
Participants can take a self-guided tour through remodeled kitchens to gain ideas for their own spaces while eating and supporting a good cause. John Mink, Founder of Architectural Partnership Inc., helped design one of the kitchens, which is named the "Infinite Panorama House" and is located in Louisville.
"It sits up on a hill and has the most spectacular views. It has enormous panels of glass with the view of the valley during the day and the city at night," Mink said.
In this particular house, the kitchen, breakfast room, dining area and family room all become one, creating a large, open room. The kitchen features cherry wood cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
The kitchen was designed with functionality in mind. The sink, range and fridge are all in a work triangle, making it easy for the host to cook and entertain guests.
"I typically design them with an island and breakfast bar. It organizes the space and keeps the guests out of the way," Mink said.
Melton Design Build adds a pop of color in a custom home that is designed specifically for a family of six. Using orange glaze ceramic tile, Caesarstone countertops with jade stone on the island and a mix of natural and painted walnut cabinets, there's a reason they called it "Crisp Contemporary."
"It's designed to accommodate a lot of people in circulation at the same time," said Tom Cattany of Melton Design Build.
The kitchen also features a charging station for electronic devices, storage for cookbooks and a broom closet inside the pantry.
"What the customer really likes is that it has two sinks and a large pantry," Cattany adds.
Three townhomes that were once on a single family lot, designed by Hammerwell and Arch11, were featured in a New York Times article a year ago. Two townhomes on Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, both designed by Hammerwell Inc., are also on the tour. The "Industrial Elegance", featured in Loft A, is another kitchen made for entertaining. All of the townhomes have views of the Flatirons.
If you're wondering what's cooking in these kitchens, Berry Todd from In Berry's Kitchen will be whipping up treats for visitors at the "Infinite Panorama House" and Bob Sampson from Slow Food Boulder will have crostini with goat cheese, roasted beets, basil and balsamic syrup at the "Crisp Contemporary" house in Boulder.
Kaia FIT Boulder, New Kitchen Cooking School, Savory Spice Shop, Sur La Table, and Dinner at Your Door will also be offering treats such as mini cinnamon-sugar pumpkin muffins, dips and homemade granola bars.
"We had over 400 people attend last year and we made $10,000. We hope to make $15,000, and we are expecting the same or a few more people to attend as well," Canova said.