In the mood for a professionally homecooked meal? Look no further.
The York Branch of the American Association of University Women will once again dish up a variety of food in some of the area's most inviting home kitchens during the Spring Market Faire of Kitchens on Monday, April 22. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For the 28th time, five chefs from area restaurants will prepare unique dishes in five local homes. Boutiques will also set up a display in each home where they will sell unique items. The event is usually held biennially, with the last one taking place in 2011.
Carol Little of Manchester Township is co-chairing the event alongside fellow member Suzy Hershey. Over the years, Little said the organization has learned to focus on the chefs because that's where the most interest is.
"People seem to be really into the process of creating dishes that are pleasing to palate and the eyes," she said.
Little said the committee looks for local chefs who are doing new and inventive things, but are also personable. The restaurants for which they work
have to donate the food they serve.
"We look for local, interesting chefs who are good at showmanship."
The chefs on this year's tour include:
---Chef Barbara McFatridge from Brown's Orchard and Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South
---Chef Charle Kalathas from C & D Bar & Grill, 6465 York Road, New Oxford
---Chef Shawn Conway of Ironwoods Restaurant, 2700 Mt. Rose Ave.
---Chef Steven Crowe of Crowe's Traveling Cuisine, Hallam
---Dieticians Amy Watson, Courtney Wright and Cindy Ketterman of Well Span Health, 1001 S. George St.
The homes on this year's tour are located in the southern part of York City and continue south to Jacobus. Little said the committee finds one home they like and then search for other homes in the same geographic region.
Little said one of the highlights of the tour is seeing the different types of home kitchens that exist in York.
"People should be looking forward to seeing a different array of styles of kitchens. It's a pretty wide diversity of styles."
The homes on this year's tour are:
---Tom and Cathy Pendergast, 955 Summit Circle
---Maureen and Joe Hunter, 679 Hidden Hill Farm Lane
---Dr. Tom and Paula Bauer, 1150 Glen View Drive
---Christy and Bob Fawcett, 133 Merion Road
---Craig and Laura Horowitz, 1689 Sleepy Hollow Road
Almost all the homes will also host a local vendor. The committee decided to focus on women shop owners in downtown York.
"We've always supported women entrepreneurs," Little said. "We would like to support the city and the revitalization of downtown York."
Vendors include Sweet Melissa's Dream, Cherie Anne, Frog & Bee and Pippi's Pen Shoppe.
All proceeds from the Tour of Kitchens benefit the AAUW's scholarship program. The organization provides educational funding to a woman who is pursuing a post-graduate degree, as well as a woman currently attending York College.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Christmas Tree Hill stores in York and Futer Brothers Jewelers at 2820 Whiteford Road. A check and stamped, self-addressed envelope may also be sent to: Marion Bowman, 181 Woodland Drive, York, Pa. 17403.
For further information on tickets, contact Marion Bowman at (717) 848-3029.