Kitchens are the place in a home where flavor and nourishment combine to bring people together. Families come together after a busy day apart; friends are caught up on each other’s lives. Though the list could go on, nearly everybody has a fond memory involving the kitchen.
The Junior League of Colorado Springs (a non-profit focused on promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community) has harnessed this idea to create its annual “Kitchens With Altitude Event.” On Saturday, November 5, participants enjoyed a tour of Colorado Springs’ best residential and commercial kitchens, complete with entertaining ideas, cooking demonstrations, food and drink samples, and local celebrity chefs making an appearance at various locations on the tour. Event proceeds will be funneled into the Junior League’s community projects.
Garden of the Gods Club Supports the Community
This year, Garden of the Gods Club (GGC) was excited to provide one of the residential kitchens in the “Kitchens With Altitude” tour, with one of its homes in Cathedral Ridge near GGC. Executive Chef Nicholas Arnold of GGC provided cooking demonstrations, along with delectable chocolate truffles and more. “The house that was provided by Garden of the Gods Club was absolutely phenomenal; it was top-to-bottom incredible,” Marne O’Brien–Hills, president-elect for the Junior League of Colorado Springs, said.
Kristi Meacham, real estate sales executive with Garden of the Gods Club Homes and a Junior League member, was very pleased with Garden of the Gods Club’s participation in the event. “The kitchen’s panoramic views of Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and Cheyenne Mountain are incredible,” she said. “Also, the kitchen has stainless steel KitchenAid appliances, alder cabinets, slab granite countertops, and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors,” she continued. “It was great to help support an organization that gives to the community. More than 300 people came through our home and enjoyed homemade truffles, along with the wine, cocktails, and coffee. People thought the food was exceptional. We even had a guitarist there; it was a great atmosphere.”
Building a Better Community – Together
The “Kitchens With Altitude” event illustrates that by pooling the talents and resources of the community, much can be accomplished. “In addition to the talented chefs, bakers, designers, caterers, and more who contributed to this event, it truly wouldn’t be possible without the homeowners and their incredible support. We can’t thank them enough,” Marne said.
This annual Junior League fundraiser allows the League to fund major projects that serve the community. “One project that this event benefits is our Fantasy Flight project. For this event, we partner with SkyWest Airlines to provide 50 underprivileged children with a big holiday celebration,” Marne explained. “We literally take them for a plane ride and turn the entire east terminal [of the airport] into the North Pole. The kids and their families enjoy music, food, games, holiday gifts, and a visit with Santa.”
Kids in the Kitchen is another Junior League initiative supported by the “Kitchens With Altitude” event. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness about the alarming statistics reflecting that 29 percent of Colorado children ages 2 to 14 are considered overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. “This initiative really aims to teach kids healthy eating and exercise habits,” Marne said.
“One of the neatest aspects of the tour is just how diverse all of the kitchens and homes are. If you’re at one and it’s not your favorite, the next one probably has something for you,” Marne explained. “That’s what makes it fun; there’s something for everyone and a lot of creative inspiration.”
The event’s successful blend of elegance, inspiration, and creativity reminds us to enjoy times with family and friends and to give back to our communities whenever we have an opportunity. To learn more about the Junior League of Colorado Springs and their work within the community, you can visit their website at www.jlcoloradosprings.org. Or, if you are interested in learning more about the homes near Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to call the Home Sales & Design Center at 719.314.2120.Read More