What's cooking in Portsmouth kitchens?

Both jaw-dropping layouts and inventive uses of space will be spotlighted on The Music Hall’s 28th annual Kitchen Tour in Portsmouth on Saturday.

People curious about what’s inside the kitchens of some of Portsmouth’s finer homes will have the chance to view a diverse selection on Saturday.

That’s the date of The Music Hall’s 28th annual Kitchen Tour, and 11 homes in enviable and surprising downtown locations will be open for ticketholders to view.

“You’re always going to get homes that have a kitchen that is just jaw-dropping, but you also get homes with a gallery kitchen like you have and you can say, ‘Look what they did with this space,’” said Monte Bohanan, director of marketing and communications for The Music Hall.

Ashleigh Tucker Pollock is the manager of corporate partners and special events at The Music Hall.

“I think people are curious to see what’s inside other people’s homes and want to get ideas for their own homes,” Tucker Pollock said.

Bohanan and Tucker Pollock say they don’t pick a theme for the popular tour. Rather, they embrace trends. In downtown Portsmouth, there are a number of empty-nesters who are looking to minimalize their space but still appreciate luxury items, they said.

Tucker Pollock said the route this year starts near the Memorial Bridge and extends to Islington Street and an area of downtown Portsmouth many tourists don’t visit. https://www.themusichall.org/uploads/2019/05/KitchenTourMap_2019_web.pdf

The Kitchen Tour is a fundraiser for The Music Hall’s outreach programs, including shows for school groups at their Chestnut Street location.

Advance tickets are $25 for Music Hall members and $27 for nonmembers. Tickets sold on the day of the tour are $30. For more information, visit www.themusichall.org or call 436-2400.