“Kitchens of Note” Becomes New Fundraiser for the BSO

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Photo via kitchensofnote.com
Photo via kitchensofnote.com

Local food and music lovers have a new event this fall to raise money for educational programs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

“Kitchens of Note and Symphony of Chefs” is the name of a one-day tour that will enable people to visit the kitchens of six homes in the Greenspring Valley and meet local chefs and caterers.

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is organized by the Baltimore Symphony Associates, the volunteer and fundraising arm of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

“Six spectacular kitchens of private homes in the Greenspring Valley area will be open for tours,” according to an announcement from the BSA. “In addition, each home will feature a well-known local chef or caterer who will prepare favorite culinary creations for guests to sample. Homes will also feature stunning table designs and floral displays created by local businesses that complement the homeowner’s décor.”

Participating chefs and caterers include Jerry Pellegrino, John Shields, Innovative Gourmet, Absolutely Perfect Catering, Oceanaire Seafood Room and Classic Catering People. Floral designers include Simply Beautiful, Radebaugh, Crimson & Clover, Marlow McCrystle & Jones, Flowers & Fancies, and Rutland Beard Florist.

Tickets are $60 and are limited to the first 500 people. No additional tickets will be available. The locations of the homes have not been disclosed. Details will be given when tickets are purchased.

The event comes several months after the BSA canceled its main fundraiser, the 2016 Symphony Decorators’ Show House because it couldn’t find a suitable house. It was the first time in 40 years that the show house event was cancelled.

The new fall fundraiser is not a substitute for the spring event, which is expected to return in 2017.

“The 2016 ‘Kitchens of Note’ is the first of what we hope will become an annual fundraising event for the BSA.  It replaces a fall event that we used to do  called ‘Homes for the Holidays.’   While the event is new for the BSA, it has been done very successfully in Philadelphia, PA, Augusta, GA, and Charlotte, NC., and raises between $40,000 – $50,000 annually.  Our goal for the first year is $25,000 which will go toward the BSO’s education programs,” said Sandra Feldman, Chair of Baltimore Symphony Associates.
“We look forward to announcing the details of the 2017 Baltimore Symphony Associates Decorators Show House in the coming months,” she added.

Depending on the success of the event, the BSA is hoping Kitchens of Note will become an annual fundraiser for the BSA.

More information about the fall event is available at www.kitchensofnote.org.

Ed Gunts

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