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JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children’s Education

Welcome to the Junior League of New Orleans Third Kitchen Tour for Children’s Education on Saturday, April 19, 2008. The Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour will feature a self-guided tour of 11 amazing kitchens in the rebuilding neighborhoods of Metairie Club Gardens and Fairway, Bellaire and Fontainebleau drives. There is no better place to tour kitchens than here in New Orleans where food and kitchens are honored and respected for their importance in our lives, culture and city. Each of these incredible kitchens shows the rebuilding and reconstructing of our homes, lives and neighborhoods as we go forward post-Katrina. The things that really matter are taking place in kitchens all over this great city. Whether you like to cook, eat, decorate or just enjoy a Saturday activity, our kitchen tour is sure to please.  
Kicking off the 2008 Kitchen Tour is the Kitchen Tour Patron Party on Thursday, April 17, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the celebrated Emeril’s Delmonico restaurant.  The Patron Party will feature New Orleans delicacies, spirits by Glazer’s and auction items that are sure to inspire! 

The Junior League of New Orleans is a nonprofit organization of 2,000 women volunteers committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Revenue generated from the kitchen tour will go toward the Junior League of New Orleans’ projects and activities supported by financial resources and volunteer hours in its focus area of children’s education, including Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen, partnerships with two local charter schools, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Safe Sitter, Plate Project and Power Ties.  During its history, the Junior League of New Orleans has supported more than 100 community projects, contributed more than $5 million in direct community funding and donated more than 2 million volunteer hours.

Today, the Junior League of New Orleans is the 11th largest league of the 293 leagues in the country, Canada and the United Kingdom.  Many of this region’s most effective and enduring organizations were originated, developed, funded and staffed by the Junior League of New Orleans, including the Louisiana Nature and Science Center, the Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital and the Preservation Resource Center. 

We extend our sincere thanks to our many sponsors and to the homeowners who have loaned their homes to make the kitchen tour unique and exciting and a great public event. We are most grateful to our volunteers and staff who have worked to plan this impressive event. 

Join JLNO and Stafford Tile & Stone for the Third Kitchen Tour for Children’s Education, featuring beautiful homes, innovative and expertly designed kitchens and the successful restoration of area neighborhoods. Your support is greatly appreciated and serves to keep the Junior League of New Orleans’ community efforts cooking!

1. Lisa and Trip Ludwig
      570 Woodvine Ave.

Sponsored by Appliance Distributors of Louisiana
and Sub-Zero/Wolf

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
When Lisa and Trip Ludwig built their Northline home in 2002, every inch of the kitchen was built to their specifications. So when 22 inches of storm water invaded their first floor, they decided to replicate the design of their pre-Katrina kitchen with just a few tweaks. With the upper half of the kitchen unscathed, the Ludwigs were able to salvage much of their existing cabinetry and countertops. An appliance overhaul was necessary, however, so the couple sought the services of Baton Rouge-based Appliance Distributors of Louisiana.
Among the state-of-the-art appliances installed were the 64-bottle wine refrigerator and a stainless steel ASKO dishwasher. For their refrigerator, the Ludwigs chose a 48-inch-wide Sub-Zero PRO 48 made from stainless steel both inside and out. They also selected a Wolf cooktop.

2. Beth and Keith Depass
      414 Northline St.

Sponsored by The Hopkins Co., Stafford Tile & Stone
and Green Parrot Interior Design

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
Shortly after their two-and-a-half-year renovation was finished, Beth and Keith Depass found themselves back at the drawing board with architect George Hopkins when nearly 2 feet of floodwater destroyed the first floor of their Northline home. Hopkins and Steve Quarles, both of the Hopkins Co., worked diligently to re-create the kitchen plans that they had previously perfected for the homeowners. For the décor, the Depasses enlisted Trudy Hurley of Green Parrot Interior Design to help select and purchase many of their pieces, including the stunning Holly Hunt altar chandelier hanging above the island. Stafford Tile & Stone provided the cedar-hued marble for the ogee-edge countertops, as well as the marble bricks for the backsplash.

3. Henrietta and Terence Hall
      257 Vincent Ave.

Sponsored by The Hopkins Co. and Stafford Tile & Stone

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
In 2003, Terry and Henri Hall demolished their Vincent Avenue home with grand plans of rebuilding it with a similar floor plan but a more updated look and feel. The house was near completion when Katrina made landfall, bringing water into the home and forcing the couple to begin the rebuilding process yet again. Terry’s vision was to expand the kitchen, but his wife, Henri, hoped to spend less time cooking. The end result, however,  was just what the couple was looking for –– a wonderfully spacious room for wining, dining and relaxing. The Hopkins Co. can be credited for the custom kitchen and its many built-in amenities, including a glass-front floor-to-ceiling china cabinet, coffee and wine stations and practical storage spaces for trays and small appliances.Custom stone mosaics and glass tile throughout the kitchen were provided by Stafford Tile & Stone.

4. Elizabeth and Arthur Seaver
      611 Hector Ave.

Sponsored by Cameron Kitchen and Bath Designs

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
Like the Depass family around the corner, Elizabeth and Arthur Seaver had just remodeled their home in Metairie Club Gardens when Katrina’s waters deluged their home. Having loved the new look of their 400-square-foot kitchen, the Seavers chose to restore the kitchen just as it was. Cameron Kitchen and Bath Designs had helped them with their previous renovation and were called on once again to put things back into place. Cameron installed the cabinets, countertops and appliances. The provincial-style cabinets by Dynasty Omega are topped with DuPont Zodiaq quartz. The island, finished with a John Boos butcher-block countertop, houses refrigerator drawers.

5. Trudy and Timothy Hurley
      123 Bellaire Drive

Sponsored by Jensen Builders Inc., Stafford Tile & Stone and Worner Hardware Inc.

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
Trudy and Tim Hurley consider themselves among the lucky ones in their Country Club Gardens neighborhood. The Bellaire home they had purchased eight months before the storm did not flood, even though their neighbors’ homes just blocks away fell prey to Katrina’s fury. Without significant damage, the Hurleys had the upper hand when it came to their kitchen renovation. A decorator by profession, Trudy began by contacting Lars Jensen of Jensen Builders Inc. With Lars overseeing the renovation and Trudy overseeing the décor, the 500-square-foot custom kitchen was destined to be a showstopper from the get-go. Among the many fine details evoking European elegance are the French terra cotta floors and the Kirkstone countertops purchased through Stafford Tile & Stone. Worner Hardware Inc. supplied the Bouvet cabinet hardware.

6. Julia and Wilton Bland III
      415 Bellaire Drive

Sponsored by Cameron Kitchen and Bath Designs

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
At a Junior League auction in 1987, Julia and Will Bland were the highest bidders on a kitchen renovation by Cameron Kitchen and Bath Designs. Although they had no immediate plans for a major renovation, they purchased the package with the intention of saving it for a “rainy day.” Little did they know the proverbial rainy day would come in the form of a natural disaster and would bring 3 feet of floodwater into their kitchen. The time to renovate had finally come, and they called Cameron’s Jerry Johnson to embark on their long-awaited plan. Cameron provided one-stop shopping for the couple, furnishing and installing nearly everything, from the soapstone countertops and the Dynasty cabinets to the lighting and KitchenAid appliances. Now, more than two decades later, the Blands are enjoying their new kitchen and once again promoting the fundraising efforts of the Junior League.

7. Katherine and Brian Quirk
      440 Fairway Drive

Sponsored by Classic Cupboards Inc. and Stafford Tile & Stone

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
After 3 feet of water settled in their Country Club Gardens home, the Quirks –– like many homeowners –– took the challenge of rebuilding and turned it into an opportunity. Although their home was gutted within one week of the storm, it was 18 months before it was finished, due primarily to the significant changes in home’s floor plan. The dining room, family room and galley kitchen were transformed into a 252-square-foot kitchen that included a casual dining area. The additional square footage allowed for ample storage space and better flow. Classic Cupboards Inc. provided the latte-finished cabinetry manufactured by Downsview, as well as the Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer and the Wolf cooktop. The Chateau tiles by Pavé Tile & Stone, supplied by Stafford Tile & Stone, surround an inlay of antique heart of pine.

8. Nomita and Shammi Gupta
      19 Fontainebleau Drive

Sponsored by UrbanDesign Studio and Stafford Tile & Stone

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
Although Nomita Joshi-Gupta’s second-story kitchen did not flood, the first story of her Broadmoor home did. In drafting the plans for the renovation, Joshi-Gupta, the architect and designer behind UrbanDesign Studio, decided to connect the two levels for a more spacious and modern feel, causing a kitchen renovation to become inevitable. Joshi-Gupta’s new and improved space is a testament to her personal style and artistic vision. Her design inspiration was a Scandinavian dresser from which she designed her custom cabinets and created her own finishes. Joshi-Gupta also used eco-friendly design practices when rebuilding her kitchen by incorporating salvaged materials into the design aesthetic and creating an additional garbage drawer for recyclables. For the backsplash, Stafford Tile & Stone provided Island Stone tiles in bamboo, mist and sand. The freestyle design was created by Joshi-Gupta herself and is featured on Stafford Tile & Stone’s Web site, www.staffordtile.com.

9. Carol and John Roberts
      5833 Fontainebleau Drive

Sponsored by Classic Cupboards Inc., Stafford Tile & Stone and G.S. Hewitt LLC

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
For Carol Ann and John Roberts, a kitchen renovation was essential. Not only had a foot of floodwater settled on the first floor of their Broadmoor home, but also several aspects of the kitchen were original to the home, which the couple purchased in 1964. The Roberts opted for a fresh start and gutted the entire kitchen from floor to ceiling. While they lived upstairs, the crew with Classic Cupboards Inc. was busy updating the kitchen with more modern cabinetry and countertops. Their selection included off-white Brookhaven cabinets topped with CaesarStone countertops made from coffee bean-colored quartz. The beige-and-mother-of-pearl island by Legacy was also created by Classic Cupboards Inc. to provide extra storage and counter space. George Hewitt of G.S. Hewitt LLC installed the 3-inch-by-6-inch crackle-finished subway tiles, and Stafford Tile & Stone provided custom handmade tile from Sonoma County.

10. Curtis Herring
      1639 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway

Sponsored by Curtis Herring Interior Designs,
Stafford Tile & Stone and Classic Cupboards Inc.

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
Neither roadblocks nor the National Guard could stop Curtis Herring from getting started on his post-Katrina renovations. Within days of the storm, Herring, owner and lead designer of Curtis Herring Interior Designs, made several trips to his home to clear debris and flooded contents and prepare it for renovation. The project would entail a complete overhaul of the 160-square-foot kitchen, from the walls, windows and wiring to the cabinets and countertops, as well as floors and fixtures. For his cabinets, Herring selected Wood-Mode’s Edgemont maple cabinets, which he purchased through Classic Cupboards Inc. The doors are painted arctic white and equipped with stainless steel bar pulls. Stafford Tile & Stone supplied the 1-inch white glazed ceramic tiles by Walker Zanger that Herring chose for the backsplash.

11. Robin English and Tim Dilligan
      4031 Octavia St.

JLNO Kitchen Tour for Children's Education
Renovations were under way when Katrina hit the Octavia Street home of Robin English and Tim Dilligan. Because the demolition had just taken place in July, the couple and their contractor were able to pick up where they left off to carry out the plans they had envisioned. One year later, in July 2006, the 200-square-foot kitchen was complete, with pine flooring and stainless steel appliances. Provence Cherry Square cabinets with an Autumn Blush finish are now topped with Wilsonart laminate countertops in Graphite Nebula to complement the walls painted Green Tea Leaves.

The Junior League of New Orleans wishes to extend its thanks to the Kitchen Tour sponsors:
Tour Sponsor
Stafford Tile & Stone
silver spoon
Appliance Distributors of
  Louisiana and Sub-Zero/Wolf
Cameron Kitchen & Bath
Classic Cupboards Inc.
Curtis Herring Interior Design
Jensen Builders Inc.
copper kettle
Green Parrot Interior Design
G.S. Hewitt LLC
The Hopkins Co.
Worner Hardware Inc.
special thanks
Emeril’s Delmonico
  Restaurant & Bar
Bonomolo Limousine Inc.
Limousine Livery LTD Inc.
New Orleans Homes
  and Lifestyles
Nicolls Limousine Service
The Savvy Gourmet
Jay Batt
patron party
auction donors
Absolute Distributor
Audubon Nature Institute
Coleman E. Adler & Sons Inc.
Contemporary Arts Center
Bayou Log Cabins
Brooks Bros.
Dickie Brennan & Co.
Hans Luetkemeier & Son Inc.
House of Blues
House of Broel
Jackson Cabinetry
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers
Kenai River Raven Lodge
Reuben Payn
Lee Michaels
Loubat Equipment Company
Lowe’s Hotel and Café Adelaide
M. Goldberg
New Orleans Fine Hotels
New Orleans Lawn
  and Tennis
New Orleans Public Belt
Norwalk Furniture & Design
Pippen Lane
The Uptown Angler
Tipitina’s Foundation

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