Kitchens needed for 2013 Dine by Design tour
News from Rockford Register Star:

ROCKFORD — The Junior League of Rockford is looking for 10 spectacular or unique, recently renovated kitchens to showcase for its 2013 Dine by Design Kitchen Tour to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and 28.

Dine by Design, a fundraiser for the Junior League, is a tour of local homes that have recently undergone a kitchen transformation. All homeowners and designers in Rockford and the Northern Illinois area are welcome to submit a kitchen project for consideration. Homes will be evaluated on several criteria including design innovation, practicality, use of current trends and ease of access for guests. Specific themes or trends such as small space design or disabled accessibility are encouraged for submission. 

To apply, contact Kathy Roos, Dine by Design co-chair, no later than Sept. 10 by phone at 815-399-4518 or by email at For more information about Junior League of Rockford, visit

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