Guest Post: Rebekah Zaveloff on the 2010 Harbor Country Kitchen Walk

Thanks to my friend, KitchenLab and design in a bag’s Rebekah Zaveloff  for today’s guest post about the 2010 Harbor Country Kitchen Walk benefitting Designs 4 Dignity.

When a friend first introduced me to Harbor Country® Michigan, I couldn’t believe I’d been living in Chicago for so long and had never driven the 90 minutes out of the city to this hidden gem across the lake. I absolutely fell in love with the rolling hills, sandy dunes, and charming towns complete with antique stores and restaurants. We were frequent visitors to our friends’ home before we found a place of our own, and have since spent 3 years in heavy renovation mode. If you’re so inclined to re-live our rehab drama with us, check out the This Old Farmhouse series on our blog. My husband and I drove around for years, looking for the perfect house we could afford – driving past various home and saying “I’d love to see what that house looks like inside”.  When we found out about the local Kitchen Walk, needless to say, we were pretty excited! I’ve been attending the Harbor Country® Kitchen Walk benefitting Designs 4 Dignity for the past 4 or 5 years, and it’s a wonderful annual event that we look forward to every year.

As the air gets cooler, and the angle of the sun dips and lends a golden cast over the trees and vineyards, I’m so happy that fall is finally here and the kitchen walk isn’t far around the corner. We have some very fond memories of driving around Harbor Country®  touring various homes, and discovering new areas and roads along the way. In addition to being for a  great cause, getting to peek inside these cool homes is only one of the perks of the Kitchen Walk, another is that each home features a cooking demonstration from a local chef or restaurant, and featured wines and beers from around Michigan. Last but not least, the day ends with the way all perfect fall days should, with an annual “Wine Down” party and silent auction. Ok, maybe all days should just end with a glass of wine, but you get my point.

This year the Wine Down is at the beach house at Weko Beach, in past years it was at a B&B and a sculpture gallery and garden to name a few – so don’t just come this year, every year there are new and wonderful homes to tour, and party and silent auction to end the day. Also check out Designs 4 Dignity’s website with all sorts of information about this terrific organization and info on how to buy tickets. Come out and enjoy a beautiful fall day or make a weekend of it! For Chicago folks that only want to spend the day, there’s a shuttle bus that will take you from Chicago to Harbor Country and back in addition to taking you on a tour of the walk. Jan Parr from Chicago Home + Garden Magazine and Janet Davies of 190 North & ABC 7 are the honorary co-chairs, and if you ride the bus you’ll be riding it with Janet Davies, so get on board!

The 2010 Kitchen Walk features unique kitchens located in Harbor Country® Michigan. The event includes exhibitions and demonstrations by local and Chicago area chefs and artists. The tour will culminate with a wine down reception and silent auction. Join our Facebook page to find out more about the chefs, wineries, breweries, and silent auction items being donated! Check out these photos from past Kitchen Walks.

BENEFITS: Proceeds from the Walk will support Designs for Dignity.

Designs for Dignity provides pro bono interior design services to area non-profits that serve marginalized or at risk populations.

WHEN:            Saturday, October 16, 2010 (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Michigan Time) or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Chicago Time)

Last Stop…‘Wine Down’ reception and silent auction (from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Michigan Time)

COST: $75 per person ($90 at the door)

SHUTTLE BUS & TICKET: $125 per person (ride to Michigan from Chicago pick up point and tour the  homes and attend wine down reception).

VIP SEAT: $200 per person (limited seats available) Ride with Honorary Co-Chair Janet Davies of 190 North & ABC 7 News for the day. Price includes shuttle & ticket to and from Chicago.

WHERE: Check-in

At Home With Nature

15998 Red Arrow Highway

Union Pier, MI

FOR INFO: Please call (773)-293-3259 or visit

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2 Responses to “Guest Post: Rebekah Zaveloff on the 2010 Harbor Country Kitchen Walk”

  1. I enjoyed this post. Loved the sink in the first photo. This looks like a fun getaway.