Author Thomas Wolfe wrote "You can't go home again" and after touring the seven spectacular residences on the fourth annual Hearth and Home Kitchen Tour, you'd never want to.
The event, which took place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, benefits Holy Trinity Interparochial School, a regional Catholic school, which educates children from ages two-and-a-half through eighth grade at its Westfield and Mountainside campuses.
The tour showcased five homes in Westfield and two in Mountainside. Not only did each have magnificent kitchens, every one had a local chef at the hearth serving bite-size delicacies, ranging from open-faced filet mignon sandwiches to mini-cupcakes in an assortment of flavors.
Participating caterers included:
Ahrre's Coffee Roastery
DISH by Lynn Nolte
Feast Catering of Westfield
Inside the homes, which varied in style from an English Manor to a restored Victorian and even a warehouse transformed into a farm house with a Southwestern flair, were architects and designers available to answer visitors' questions.
Landscape architect Marc Nissim, founder of Harmony Design Group, was on hand at a Ramapo Way home featured on the tour. The award-winning Westfield resident explained the unique details that add to the outdoor splendor of a home. Not only did Nissim create the design but also oversaw the complete installation, from the outdoor fireplace and multiple seating areas to training the ivy which grows along the stone walls, adding to the authentic feel of the historic home.
Holy Trinity Principal Sister Maureen Fichner and Home and School Association President Glenn Fannick thanked the homeowners who graciously opened their homes for the event as well as the many professionals and volunteers who contributed to the success of the day. Proceeds from the tour help to contain costs so the school can remain affordable.