Tour of Kitchens: Holiday Home Edition Fundraiser Event Recap

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The Junior League of Cincinnati hosted its 12th annual Tour of Kitchens fundraiser the weekend of December 2, 2022. More than 300 attendees enjoyed the weekend’s events, and over $25,000 was raised to benefit the JLC. These funds will further support the mission of advancing women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training, including our partnership with Family Nurturing Center.

The committee created a new addition to the event starting on Friday, December 2 at Columbia Center; the Toast to the Tour allowed members and guests alike to experience the recently renovated Columbia Center building. After registering and receiving their event program, attendees were able to peruse a holiday market with various local vendors including Annabelle Arthur, & Sundries, Bookery Cincy and more.

Our community partner, Family Nurturing Center, shared how to support their clients around the holidays and throughout the year. Attendees were able to take home ornaments from a beautifully decorated Giving Tree with QR codes that linked to an Amazon wish list of items for the families they support.

Light bites and beverages were provided by our signature sponsor, The Megan Stacey Group. The much-anticipated raffle was teeming with donated baskets and items from local businesses and the various JLC councils. There were many happy winners! This year’s Toast to the Tour also featured a mystery wine pull which was a big hit. Many attendees continued the evening’s fun at Pearl’s, a beloved local establishment that is frequented by members before and after League meetings. Pearl’s generously donated to the raffle and the overall fundraiser.

Saturday, December 3rd was sunny and brisk which made for perfect weather for Tour of Kitchens. The self-guided tour of festive holiday homes & spaces took place 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Cincinnati suburb of Loveland, Ohio. Each location on the tour offered food and beverage pairings from a variety of different vendors. The event featured bites and sweets from Tano Bistro, All theIngredients, 80 Acres Farms, Baklava by Angela, Trailside Provisions, Chicken Salad Chick, and WattsUp for Dessert. Drinks were provided by Poti9nHeineken, The Birch, Mixicles, Cavalier Distributing, and Mile 42 Coffee. The Junior League of Cincinnati was thrilled to work with all of these various event partners.

Attendees were able to tour four homes along with the downtown Loveland event space, The 1859. These spaces were decorated for the holidays which made guests feel right at home. One of the tour stops was at the childhood home of the Tour of Kitchens committee chair, Jill Dickert. Her parents, Pam and Dan Dickert, were thrilled to welcome the Junior League community into their home. Each room featured a different theme, from A Nutcracker Christmas to Winter Wonderland.

The Dickert home also provided day-of-registration for attendees who were unable to attend the Toast to the Tour the night prior. Attendees were also encouraged to spend the day enjoying Loveland. The event program included a list of recommended stops to sip, savor, shop and see. Many attendees checked out the local boutiques in downtown Loveland and grabbed a drink at Hops and Berry taproom.

Tour of Kitchens would not have been possible witho ut the generosity of the participating homes and event space and our generous hostesses, sponsors and vendors. The Junior League of Cincinnati sincerely appreciates all of the event volunteers, the Tour of Kitchens committee, and everyone who attended. Make sure to check out the event photos on the Junior League of Cincinnati Facebook page captured by Kathryn Hayden Photography.

Cheers to 2023!