I had a chance to catch up with Chris Connelly, owner of Kinetic Kitchens, who told me over an Orange Cat coffee that he’s been involved in the Tour of Kitchens since its inception three years ago.
Chris is a very personable guy whose passion for his work comes out clearly as he describes how the tour promotes awareness of kitchens and local food. He sees the tour as a different kind of marketing, a more grass roots way to let people know that you do not need a tremendous amount of money nor a huge space to have a beautiful, functional kitchen.
Chris’s personal connection with Lewiston has not been life-long but he feels a strong bond to the community. He says the biggest surprise he has experienced with the tour is how well received it is. Folks come from as far as Colorado to attend, and many come from Erie County and Ontario.
The most difficult challenge is finding willing participants. It can be very disruptive to have so many people in your home and the preparation is time consuming. Most are very happy with the experience, however, in spite of initial reticence.
Chris’s message is strong true: the kitchen is the heart of the home and at any price point we can make the kitchen the place to be.
Good luck Chris Connelly, Sandy Mies and all the participants in this year’s Tour of Kitchens and Homes.
(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on this weekend’s Tour of Kitchens.)