Summerville Kitchen Tour announced, to feature restored Victorian-era home

Dorchester District Two culinary students serve food during the 2017 Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour.

The 17th Annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour, to benefit Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center Inc., will be Sunday, Oct. 6; and the annual Pinwheel Gala will be Friday, Oct. 4 at Summerville Country Club.

This year, for the first time the route is located in the historical White Gables neighborhood and will include a tour of 10 homes—a majority built in the late 19th century and once referred to as “New Summerville,” according to a kitchen tour press release.

One of the most anticipated homes of the tour will include a recently-restored Victorian-era home located on West Richardson Avenue, said Marilyn Kaple, publicity chair for the tour and gala. Known as the “Camellia Cottage,” the white house is surrounded by three cottages on its property. Initially constructed around 1890, the home underwent renovations the last several months.

In addition to marveling over historic homes, tour participants will get to sample delicious food at each stop—from appetizers and small-bite entrees to pastries and beverages. All eats will be prepared by premier Lowcountry chefs and restaurants, the names of which have yet to be announced.

Event proceeds benefit Dorchester Children’s Center, a 501©(3) organization. Located at 303 E. Richardson Avenue, the facility is the only one of its kind in Dorchester County that serves as a Child Advocacy Center and recently received re-accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance.

The center treats abused and neglected children, in the county and surrounding counties, and their families and has provided services for 12,000-plus children since opening its doors in 2003. Services include forensic interviews—about 850 annually—forensic medical examinations, and child and family therapy sessions, according to a kitchen tour press release. For more information visit dorchesterchildren.org .

Tour sponsorships are currently available. In addition to tickets to the Kitchen Tour, individuals and businesses may inquire about sponsorships and all ticket sales at dorchesterchildren.org or at scrumptioussummerville.com. A major portion of the sponsorship price is tax deductible.

Information is available for General Sponsorships, Exclusive Naming Opportunities and Silent Auction donations for the Gala. Each option allows local businesses and community-minded individuals to support the vital community service to children as well as showcase their own role in the Summerville community and surrounding area. General sponsorships also provide complimentary tickets to both events. Specific information can be obtained from Elizabeth Long, director of development for DCAC, at elong@dorchestercac.org.

Tour volunteers are also needed, Kraple said. They will be in charge of guiding visitors through the homes and gardens. Full information and sign-ups are available by emailing Volunteer Chair Jessica Stafford at volunteer@kitchentour.org .

Set for 1-5 p.m., the kitchen tour will occur rain or shine; and each participant will also receive a booklet containing facts and other details about each home.

For more information, visit scrumptioussummerville.com.