A Taste of Something for Everyone

Ever wanted to take a sneak peak into some of the most unique homes in your neighborhood? The 2016 Neenah-Menasha Emergency Society Kitchen Tour, sponsored by FNB Fox Valley, gives you a chance to tour five amazing homes in the Neenah area, plus enjoy tastings, demonstrations, prizes and raffles. And it’s all for a good cause – helping those in crisis or in need of food, clothing, school items, or basic essentials, right here in our community.

This year’s event will be held on April 21, with showings from 10am – 2pm and 4-8pm.

Tour goers will find something for everyone, from brand new construction, to a historical residence, to amazing remodels.

These homes have intriguing features, such as Zero-entry entrances, solar panels, custom-sculpted stone walls, meticulous landscaping, reclaimed wooden ceiling beams, upcycled decor, auto-motion lights, an outdoor kitchen with hybrid grill, an Indy-themed man cave, a handcrafted Vermont Castings wood stove, and much, much more.

One home is so “green,” that they have virtually no gas or electric bills. In fact, this 5,000-plus square-foot home has less than $100 in monthly energy bills! This “Zero-Net Energy Home,” was constructed to the highest efficiency levels using behind-the-scenes green technology and renewable resources, including solar and geothermal technologies, high-efficiency heating and electrical, light fixtures, low-flow faucets, low-VOC paints, and Energy Star® appliances, lights, fans, windows and water heating systems.

The design and detail in another home, owned by an interior decorator, is truly one-of-a-kind. It features an amazing kitchen with beautiful Martha Stewart cabinetry, quartz countertops, a custom backsplash and unique lighting fixtures.

Throughout the home, original features have been married with new accents, from vaulted ceilings, reclaimed beams with tongue and groove, refinished floors, a floor-to-ceiling cabinet original to the home, beautiful plants of numerous varieties, to countless other meticulous details that make it unique. The fireplace in the formal living room is hand-built from upcycled fence boards with an antique mantle that was purchased from a local antique store.

All homes are within an 8-mile radius, making it convenient for attendees to tour all five homes.

“Our annual Kitchen Tour is critical to helping us sustain our local programs,” says Hilary Armstrong, President of NMES. “Those who attend this event not only enjoy touring beautiful homes with tastings and demonstrations from local vendors, they also support our mission, which is to help those in need.”

Each year, NMES provides more than $70,000 in assistance to residents of our community. They take requests for emergency financial assistance monthly, prepare and serve meals at Community Table, deliver Meals on Wheels every weekday, coordinate and host the Back to School Fair serving more than 1,100 students in Neenah and Menasha, and provide shoes, boots, coats and snow pants as requested. The Kitchen Tour is NMES’s primary annual fundraiser.

“We support NMES because it’s a local charity helping people right here in our community which is the same mission we have,” says Karri Bedor, vice president, chief marketing officer for FNB Fox Valley, the Kitchen Tour’s Title Sponsor.

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