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Kitchen Kapers to benefit Blue Ridge Hospice, food bank

Dr. David Jones and his wife Catherine stand in their newly renovated kitchen apartment at Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester. The kitchen will be featured on the Kitchen Kapers tour on Sept. 16. — Rich Cooley/Daily

Below, rich granite counter tops with tile splash blocks are part of the Jones’ kitchen. — Rich Cooley/Daily

By Mary Petrides Tillotson -- Daily Correspondent

When David and Cathy Jones moved to Westminster Canterbury in March, they gave up their Woodstock home, where they'd lived for 35 years. Their new apartment was completely stripped - walls, ceiling, floors, light fixtures.

In just five months, they've had their new home finished, complete with a spacious kitchen.

"We don't miss what we've left behind," Jones said.

The Joneses' home will be featured in this year's Kitchen Kapers tour, organized by Quota International of Winchester. The tour, which runs noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16, will allow ticket holders to look inside six Winchester area kitchens.

Proceeds will benefit Blue Ridge Hospice and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Though meals are provided at Westminster Canterbury, Mrs. Jones cooks most weekends. Her favorite part of the kitchen, she said, is the stove.

The surface is heated by induction, which is energy-efficient and safe. Water boils surprisingly fast, she said.

The induction technology targets metal objects, so a dollar bill placed between the burner and a pot would be unscarred, her husband said.

The granite counters are green, just a shade lighter than their old granite counters in Woodstock. Green tile backsplash complements the countertops, and cherry cabinets hang above and sit below the counters.

The lights are all LED, which make the food look good and don't flicker the way fluorescent lights do. In addition, the Joneses don't plan to change the bulbs.

"The lifetime of this bulb is 50,000 hours. I'm not going to live that long," Jones said.

The sink is large - "You could almost take a bath in there," he said - and the hardwood floors are easy to clean.

The kitchen has other advantages as well.

"It's very easy to work in," Mrs. Jones said.

During the tour, homeowners will provide information about the kitchen's design. Catered refreshments will be available as well.

Linda Vickers, who is organizing the event, said Quota selected the hospice and food bank for this year's donation because of their contribution to the community.

"The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves lots of communities," Vickers said. "With the lack of work and the economy the way it is, people have less money and less food and [still have] families to provide for, so we want to be able to give some money toward being able to help community people."

Many of the Quota's club members have direct experience with the hospice, she said.

"Hospice was chosen because most of the members have either had hospice involved with the family, or we anticipate that someday they will be involved with our families," she said.

Quota hopes to raise $5,000 for the two agencies, she said.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased at the Daily Grind on Jubal Early Drive, Espresso Bar and Café on Loudoun Street, Throx Market Station on Millwood Pike, Throx Country Store on Senseny Road or online at quotaofwinchester.org.

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