Kitchen Tour Snippets - a Peek Inside the Event

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Eight kitchens, each with its own special qualities, are on the Rockridge Kitchen Tour Sunday, September 20, seven of them within an easy walk from our registration site at the College Avenue Presbyterian Church, designed by Julia Morgan in 1917. The eighth requires a short drive to reach, but you will find the visit well worth it.

Do we have anything special in the kitchens selected for the Tour? How about a countertop made of paper? You'll see one, but we'll leave it to you to figure out which home has it. You'll have to look closely; this "paper" looks like natural stone. Made by Richlite in Tacoma, Washington, these "very green" tops are created with recycled paper formed under heat and pressure, and come in a variety of colors. The variety of edge banding styles is especially striking. (Stop in at EcoHome Improvement, 2619 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, to see for yourself. Be sure to mention that you want to see them at the Kitchen Expo, as they have intriguing products.)

The Tour's grand finale is the eighth and last kitchen of the day, and different from anything done in past tour events. This final home will open later in the day; there will be time to see the other kitchens before you take the short drive to this one. Watch for more details in the July issue of The Rockridge News and at Carpooling is recommended.

Plan to buy your tickets early. It will save you money and is helpful to us as we plan the following two pre-tour warm-up events that will enhance your tour and your resource planning list:

The Kitchen Expo, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 17 - the Thursday preceding the tour - is FREE to ticket holders. It is an opportunity to meet the creative talent behind the kitchens you will see on the tour on Sunday, and to learn how these design professionals approach kitchen renovations. Planned to be held at the Rockridge Branch Library, a larger venue for the Expo may be needed. Watch for information.

The Berkeley Mills Seminar Saturday, September 19, will introduce you to this kitchen design and construction company that can integrate its history of fine furniture and cabinet making into the kitchen design you may have in mind. This event has limited seating. Be sure to sign up now.

Can you help?

We need docents for September 20, the day of the tour, either to support the homes on the tour or to assist with registration. Email Laura Schlichtmann, Kitchen Tour Docent Chair ( to discuss the possibilities. Docents are given a pre-tour of the kitchens and a pass to the full tour.

Ticket prices increase by $5 from $35 to $40 as of midnight, June 15; now is a good time pick up a bargain.

For the easiest way to purchase tickets, visit and locate the Tickets tab. Follow the instructions from there.

If you prefer, you can purchase tickets by filling out a paper form at Cuttin'Up on College, 5811 College Avenue, or Rockridge Home, 5418 College Avenue.