WESTFIELD, NJ—On October 20, Holy Trinity Interparochial School held its fourth annual Hearth & Home Kitchen Tour, where the public had a chance to explore both the interior and exterior of seven beautiful homes in Westfield and Mountainside.
The self-guided tour, which lasted approximately six hours, was a fundraiser for Holy Trinity Interparochial School, which has campuses in both Westfield and Mountainside. Each year, approximately 450 guests attend the tour.
“The main purpose of this tour is to raise funds for our Catholic Elementary School and Preschool,” said Robyn Kelly, a parent at the Holy Trinity Interparochial School and a committee member. “Our other purpose is to support our local community by bringing in local businesses who also participate in the tour.”
The seven homes are located on Myrtle Avenue, Birch Avenue, Ramapo Way, Mountain Avenue and Clark Street in Westfield, and on Coles Avenue and Outlook Drive in Mountainside.
Guests began the tour at any home of their choice. They were welcomed and greeted at the door by the tour’s home managers. Guests also had the opportunity to taste samples of food from local restaurants and bakeries and to meet the contractors, the architects and the designers of each home.
Although each home is different in style, it displays beauty in its own way. Some of these homes share the same structure with high ceilings, brick walls, fireplaces in the living room or dining room, spacious kitchens and beautiful backyards. Some of them have also a story to tell.
The home on Myrtle Avenue was built in the 1940s and renovated last year. Rick Pigna of A. Pigna & Son said that it was “originally a construction garage and yard.” Pigna worked on the structure and the exterior of the home and spent roughly six months turning it into a beautiful residence.
Executive Chef Wayne M. Ugliono and Sous Chef Jobin Mathew of Gillespie’s Food Market in Mountainside offered samples of sliced filet mignon and chicken salad en croute at the home on Myrtle Avenue. This marks their first year sampling at the Hearth & Home Kitchen Tour.
“We have catering, ala carte, sandwiches and we prepare meals,” Ugliono said. “We have all kinds of vegan, salads, soups and sauces. Everything is homemade.”
The home on Coles Avenue was built in 1928 and renovated 12 years ago. It resembles a castle with its European style. Every stone and granite in this home was imported from Portugal. At the lower level, just around the corner of the kitchen, there’s a brick tunnel that leads to a door.
“The door goes back to the basement of the original house,” said Glenn Fannick, President of Holy Trinity Interparochial School Home & School Association.
The home on Outlook Drive was built in the 1950s. What’s not to forget about this residence is the beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline from the balcony.
Lindsay Keogh of The Dessert Ladies in Stirling offered samples of assorted desserts at the home on Outlook Drive. This year’s tour marks Keogh’s first year sampling. Keogh said the home is gorgeous.
“I couldn’t have found a better kitchen to display,” Keogh said.
Tour programs were handed to each guest at the homes. The program included a map of the homes, description of the homes and information about the businesses and culinary experts.
Guests had the opportunity to purchase tickets to win house related items at the “raffle house” on Clark Street and the first 400 guests had also the opportunity to receive a goodie bag at one of the homes.
Sponsors of the Hearth & Home Kitchen Tour included WESketch Architecture, Crown Point Cabinetry, Jill Kelly Interiors, MORe Staging and Design, Peggy Scott Interiors, Robert Algarin Architect, Gem Builders Carpentry, A. Pigna & Son, Green Demolition, Anthony James Construction and Joan Picone Designer. Many local florists and restaurants dedicated their time and services to the tour, as well.