April 27, 2011

Soup to Nuts: Flush with kitchen envy?

You couldn't be blamed for feeling at least a teensy bit once you've been inside the beauties on the Falmouth Kitchen & Tasting Tour.

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Tanya Preston’s kitchen has four ovens, two dishwashers, two warming drawers, an island with a sink, and cherry cabinets. The wood sunburst over the stove is custom-carved.

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Sarah Steinberg's vocation as a designer who specializes in kitchens and baths is evident in her kitchen, which is reflected in the expansive granite top of the central island. The room is part of an upcoming tour to benefit the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative.

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WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 6 and 7

WHERE: Tour begins at Falmouth Country Club, 1 Congressional Drive, Falmouth

HOW MUCH: $25 in advance, $30 day of event. Children 12 and under free.

TIX/MORE INFO: Purchase advance tickets online at finelivingevents.com. During tour, tickets
available at Falmouth Country Club.



SPECIALTY FOOD PURVEYORS, caterers and cookbook authors will be preparing some tasty morsels to sample during the kitchen tour. Here's a list of who's making what:

KITCHEN CHICKS CATERING: Sesame Seared Tuna on a Wonton Crisp with Ginger Salsa

THE BLACK TIE COMPANY: Caprese Skewers, Cheese Fondue and Chowder Sips

KITCHEN & CORK: Crostini with Spinach, Artichoke and Roasted Garlic

COFFEE BY DESIGN: Samples of several outstanding coffees, brewed through a variety of methods.

MAN WITH A PAN: Homemade Guacamole and Salsa, Curried Chicken Salad and Salmon

SPELT RIGHT BAKERY: Fitayers -- a savory, Middle Eastern stuffed dough creation

JMINGO CHOCOLATES: Needhams, Grand Marnier Truffles, Caramels, Espresso Truffles, Peanut Butter and Caramel Truffles, Vodka Strawberries


Betty ReeZ WhoopieZ: a variety of gourmet whoopie pies

"A TASTE OF IT ALL," WRITTEN BY GEORGIA MANZO JOACHIM: A variety of samples of recipes from the cookbook

The morning room has a breakfast bar with seating overlooking the spectacular view just outside the door. Preston said that when her father visits, he likes to have breakfast here and watch the deer and ducks.

Next to the breakfast room and just off the kitchen is a cozy nook with window seats and a modest kitchen table, also overlooking the "backyard" landscape. It's surrounded by more custom-made cherry cabinetry, including pantry storage under the window seats.

The formal dining room is now in an impressively large room just off the kitchen. The dining room flows into the great room, which seems more like a ballroom. It has a huge stone fireplace, soaring windows and a blue arched ceiling. This ceiling, and others in the house, used to be covered with painted clouds and even a few cherubs.

In other parts of the house the blue has been painted over, but Preston left it in the great room "because at night, this blue takes on a different color value, and you actually feel like you're outside. It's beautiful."

Outside there's lots of granite and stonework, including a fire pit, two fountains, granite staircases and a gazebo with a waterfall pond and bridge.

On the day of the tour, Black Cherry Provisions will hold court in the kitchen, serving lobster bisque and whoopie pies.


In the Preston home, the eyes wander everywhere, trying to take it all in. In Sarah Steinberg's Cumberland kitchen, the eyes focus immediately on a stunning cut glass backsplash designed by Mixed-Up Mosaics, a New York City firm.

"I just wanted something different," says Steinberg, who has been a kitchen designer since 2001. "I have designed back- splashes for clients for years, and I have seen everything there is to see. I didn't want someone to come in and say, 'Oh yeah, my friend has that.' "

The backsplash stands out because Steinberg's kitchen cabinetry is all white and traditional, with a few modern touches. She calls it "transitional cottage style."

The walls are mocha, and the countertops are made of Amazon Star granite, a warm brown color with flakes of blue that catch the light at just the right angle.

"This is a very neutral palette kitchen, so it would be very easy to change it and make it completely different," Steinberg said. "If I got sick of it in its current state, I could do a different backsplash and bring in all different colors."

As a designer, Steinberg has worked on many "show kitchens" or "vanity kitchens" -- spaces that incorporate the best of everything but are rarely, if ever, actually used. She wanted her own kitchen to be a place she would use every day and where her guests would feel comfortable hanging out.

Steinberg points out that all of the neighborhood children know which roll-out drawer is the snack drawer.

"It's really just a family kitchen," she said. "It's laid out specifically to the way I cook. I do a lot of big kitchens in big houses, and layout is really critical to having it work properly. Sometimes what you see is people bringing the islands too close (to the kitchen counter space). You can't get by."

When the family has a big party, guests tend to circle around the island, using it as a big buffet. The Black Tie Company will be using the island during the tour to serve caprese skewers, cheese fondue and chowder sips.

The kitchen has a 48-inch dual-fuel range and a 48-inch refrigerator. The faucet over the fireclay farmers sink is polished nickel.

Steinberg installed an under-the-counter microwave because she considers it safer than the over-the-range models that builders usually install.

"You're bringing hot liquids towards your face when you bring stuff out at eye level," she said. "It's also not a good height for children to use."

There's a small table adjacent to the kitchen where the family sits down to eat. Continuing the open-concept theme, the table area flows into the living room and is adjacent to the back door, which goes out to the mahoghany deck for outdoor entertaining.

Steinberg transformed the original formal dining room into a billiards room with a bar.

"This is my husband's pride and joy," Steinberg said. "I'm a big person on functional space. People get really excited about adding on. That's not really what you need to do. Maybe you just need to use your space differently."

Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at: mgoad@pressherald.com

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Marjorie Ferris of Fine Living Events, right, helped organize the Falmouth Kitchen & Tasting Tour, which takes place May 6 and 7. The tour includes the kitchen in the home of Tanya Preston, left.

Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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The kitchen in Sarah Steinberg's home has a Franke fireclay sink. "This is a very neutral palette kitchen, so it would be very easy to change it and make it completely different," Steinberg said.

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Sarah Steinberg at home in her kitchen, which she describes as "transitional cottage style."

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Tanya Preston's kitchen affords magnificent views of the fields behind her home.

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