Kitchen tour for the Betsey

It has been said that the kitchen is the heart of a home so four Marietta kitchens are opening their hearts and doors to the public for the second year.

The Uptown/Downtown Kitchen Tour to benefit the Betsey Mills Club will take place on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at three homes and one business.

“Last year was incredibly successful,” said Shauna Cornwell, activities coordinator at the Betsey. “We had over 200 people tour the four homes.”

Committee members suggest and then reach out to Betsey Mills supporters in the community who they feel have kitchens worthy of opening up to guests, according to Cornwell.

This year’s tour includes the homes of Erin and Sean Bennett at 517 Fifth St.; Barb and Jack Moberg at 314 Sixth St.; Charlotte Hatfield at 426 Fifth St.; and Thrive Cafe, a business at 286 Front St.

“It is supposed to be a wonderful fall day and the places are pretty much within walking distance of each other,” explained Cornwell. “Guests don’t need to go in any particular order and they can feel free to spend time talking (to the hosts).”

Jack and Barb Moberg will greet guests with a butter nutty squash soup, something that Barb suggested and will help prepare in the Betsey kitchen.

“It’s a soup I like to make, it’s healthy and a great fall soup,” she said.

Barb said that she and her husband both enjoy cooking and their kitchen was designed with that in mind.

“It is big enough that we can both be in there preparing food at the same time,” she said.

Other soups visitors have to look forward to include tortilla soup, greek meatball soup and Thrive Cafe is preparing a Maryland crab and corn chowder.

“It was a popular seasonal item on our summer catering menu,” said general manager Jason Legraen.

Thrive catering is currently renting the Betsey’s commercial kitchen but plans to open a brick and mortar cafe are in the works.

“People will have the opportunity to tour our commercial kitchen, which is a work in progress, and to get an idea of the size of the equipment,” Legraen said.

All of the money raised at Sunday’s event will go back into the general fund for the Betsey. Board member Judy Piersall said there are changes being made at the facility “for the better.”

“The Betsey is undergoing major revamping and (this) will affect everyone in the community who utilizes its services,” she said.

Piersall explained that the idea for a kitchen tour came from a suggestion by Marietta resident Hank Voelker, based on similar events around the Dayton and Springfield area.

“Last year was our first year and we got a lot of good feedback … it is just a wonderful bringing together of the community,” Piersall said.

Tickets are $20 in advance from the Betsey or any board member and $25 at any door on the tour.