If you go

What Kitchens are Cooking! home tour

When 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Where Seven kitchens in Boulder

Tickets $20 or two for $35 at ticketswest.com or at any King Soopers; to avoid fees, "I Have a Dream" Foundation, 3012 Sterling Circle, No. 200, Boulder or Studio3 Kitchen Bath Interiors1719 15th St., Boulder

Info ihaveadreamboulder.org, 303-444-3636

If you love spending time in the kitchen, chances are you've yearned for just a little something more: a new countertop, different lighting or a high-end appliance such as a drawer that contains a microwave or a wine chiller.

For a look at some state-of-the-art kitchen designs, look no further than the Kitchens Are Cooking! home tour on Saturday and Sunday. The tour, which showcases seven kitchens in Boulder County benefits "I Have a Dream" Boulder County, which helps low-income students achieve their education and career goals.

Lori Canova, the executive director of the nonprofit, says last year's tour was attended by about 400 people. The tour raised $13,000 for the group, which used the money from the event to help fund its fitness for life program, which works to help participants -- they're called dreamers -- develop a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

Canova says the tour is a fun way to give to the community.

"What I love about it is just getting to see different homes in the community and what they have done with their kitchens -- the creative ways in which they've upgraded and remodeled," she says.

In addition to seeing the kitchens, tour-goers will see cooking demonstrations with food samples at each kitchen.

Diane White, owner of Studio 3 Kitchen Bath Interiors, which sponsors the tour, says the event offers a view of several different kinds of kitchens.

"We may have a huge home, small homes, modern style, traditional, just a variety," she says. "So when people go through ... they have new thoughts and ideas."

She says that since the recession started, people have been wanting to stay in their homes, but with a new kitchen.

"They want me to come in and transform the interior," she says. "I have torn out walls and turned ranch-style homes into loft looking kitchens."

Big islands are a trend, with kitchen tables being taken out altogether.

"People want an entertaining area," she says.

Other trends, according to White:

Large tiles: Porcelain tiles, 36 inches in size, are popular.

Less granite: Concrete and other materials continue to grow in popularity.

Concealed switches: Lighting is now switched on from the bottom of cabinets rather than breaking up the decorative backsplash.

Charging areas: Large islands have USB outlets to charge computers and more outlets for other electronics that need charging.