When Lindsey and Kyle McElvaney met with Don Hildebrand to plan out their new home, the kitchen took top priority in the open-concept layout.
“We intentionally placed the kitchen in the center of the home, which allows for easy entertaining,” Lindsey McElvaney said, adding that the kitchen features views of the backyard. “We can watch the kids playing outside while we serve food and drinks, and we never have to step away from the party.”
The McElvaney family’s home is one of four Nichols Hills residences showcased on this Sunday’s Alliance Kitchen Tour. Presented by Oklahoma County Medical Society Alliance, the tour is a come-and-go event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, available at Culinary Kitchen + Home at 7222 N. Western Ave. and online at www.ocmsalliance.org.
The Alliance Kitchen Tour raises funds for health-centered nonprofits. The 2021 tour benefits Shepard’s Watch, an organization promoting safe sleep practices for infants, and Independent Transportation Network (ITN) Central Oklahoma, which provides rides to seniors and the visually impaired.
“We selected these wonderful organizations as our beneficiaries for the 2020 tour, but we had to cancel last year, due to the pandemic,” said Natasha Neumann, co-chair of the 2021 Kitchen Tour. “We are determined to keep our promise by fundraising for them this year.”
This year, a virtual tour will be included with the 2021 Kitchen Tour ticket. The virtual tour can be an alternative to the in-person tours or – with bonus content included in the video – as an additional tour experience.
“We organized the video because of the ongoing unpredictability of having events; we didn’t want to cancel the tour again,” Neumann said. “The video allows us to showcase homes outside of Nichols Hills, which is a new and fun addition to this year’s tour.”
Tickets will also be available for walk-ins on the day of the tour at each of the homes. For more event details, go to www.ocmsalliance.org.