By Collin Kelley

The Junior League of Atlanta’s annual Tour of Kitchens will mark its “sweet 16” on March 23-24 with tours of 14 kitchens in neighborhoods around the city.

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Advance purchase tickets to the event are $35, per person and good for both days of the tour. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the tour for $40.

Event chair Evyan O’Keefe said this will be JLA’s most impressive tour to date, coupled with appearances by some of Atlanta’s best chefs showing how the kitchens can be put to practical use.

The self-guided tour features kitchens in Buckhead, Ansley Park, Morningside, Midtown, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. O’Keefe said JLA works with local designers to choose kitchens that have been completed in the last year.

“Visitors want to get a glimpse inside these homes and see what the latest trends are,” O’Keefe said. “The tour is a good resource for anyone who wants ideas about how to renovate or
rejuvenate their kitchen. There are small kitchens and larger ones, so you can get a sense of how it might work in your own space.”

Participating designers include Morgan Creek, Dresser Homes, Hammersmith, Axios/HR Construction, Dovetail, HomeForge, Leftko, Frank Neely, DCD, Design Galleria, InsideDesign and CSI.

Tour events will include special demonstrations by Chef Adam Waller of Bocado, Chef Josh Hopkins of STG Trattoria, Chef David Waller of Taqueria del Sol, Chef Tom McEachern of The Capital Grille and many more.
JLA president Camille Kessler said the tour is JLA’s largest event fundraiser and has raised over $1 million to benefit its community partners.

“This year we’ll be donating a quarter of a million dollars to 29 nonprofit partners,” Kessler said, noting that other funding goes toward its owned education and advocacy programs for women.

Kessler said the public is also welcome to attend the annual kick-off party on Friday, March 22, at Mason Murer Art Gallery in Buckhead. The evening will feature food, cocktails, a gentleman’s sports lounge, mixology demonstration and a silent auction. Tickets are $75.

To purchase tickets for the tour or host party and find out more information about this year’s homes, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.