Dine By Design 2013 Kitchen Tour hosted by the Junior League of Troy, NY

You’re Invited

The Junior League of Troy will present the 2013 ‘Dine by Design’ Kitchen Tour in Troy on Sunday, June 9, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and funds raised from the event benefit Junior League of Troy’s programs serving women and children in Rensselaer County. Participants will get the chance to get an inside look at four amazing kitchens in Troy’s historic Eastside neighborhood.


Residences on the 2013 Dine by Design kitchen tour include:


The Shellhouse Residence

Historic circa 1830 home with newly renovated kitchen

171 Pawling Avenue, Troy


The Eveleens and Coblentz Residence

A professional grade kitchen with informal space for cooking and intimate dining

2 Whitman Court, Troy


The Cocca Residence

Home of renowned chef Michael Cocca of Franklin Plaza and Franklin Terrace

2 Terrace Place, Troy


The Nelson & Dufel Residence

East meets west — two arty architects make a hip home

37 Belle Avenue, Troy


Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at any of the houses on the day of the event.


Presenting Sponsor
Premiere sponsor
Friend Sponsor
Lois, Alison and Barbara Arakelian
Kyle Belokopitsky
Laura Burgess
The Hunn Family
Kathleen Lisson
Polly Mason
Caroline Melkonian
Nancy Niles
Karen Peterson
Wendy Prout
Sibyl Ross
More about the homes and their owners:171 Pawling AvenueHomeowners: Denise and Rob Shellhouse

This stately Greek Revival, also known as the Henry Koon house, was built in the 1830’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Homeowners Denise and Rob Shellhouse transformed their home’s existing 9×15 gallery kitchen, an adjacent study and bathroom, into a beautifully appointed professional kitchen.  This was achieved without compromising the “period” feel of the home. Guests first encounter a large granite island that transitions them from the den and also serves as an eating and conversation area.  An avid cook and self-described foodie, Denise designed the kitchen herself, mindful of her need for easy access to ingredients during cooking and serving.


2 Whitman Court

Homeowners: Angeline Eveleens and Laban Coblentz

On an expansive corner parcel, this grand Georgian Colonial welcomes visitors to prestigious Whitman Court.  This magnificently decorated home features a professional grade kitchen that provides an informal space for cooking and intimate dining.  An original butler’s pantry features a custom, oversized copper sink, unique food warming area and beautiful glass-fronted cabinets to support the large affairs well-suited to this home.  Homeowners Angeline Eveleens and Laban Coblentz have taken great care to ensure that the home’s original features seamlessly blend with the modern kitchen that meets their entertainment needs.


2 Terrace Place

Homeowner: Michael Cocca

The kitchen of this fabulous Beaux Arts Mansion has been masterfully enhanced by renowned chef Michael Cocca into both a spectacular and inviting space for cooking and entertaining.  For ease of preparation, and for serving and cleanup, the kitchen is thoughtfully arranged into three areas, each with its own refrigerator and dishwasher.  A notable design element is an exceptionally large island made of a single perfect slab of white carrara marble that makes an ideal location for informal dining and conversation. Also, magnificent mahogany clad walls lead guests into a fully equipped wine and beverage staging area that allows him to entertain in the grand style his guests have come to enjoy.


37 Belle Avenue

Homeowners: Barbara Nelson and Tim Dufel

Built in 1913 in the Craftsman style, homeowners and professional architects, Barbara Nelson and Tim Dufel, spent ten years  meticulously planning their kitchen renovation. After 3 years of work, the former small, pink kitchen has been  expanded by incorporating an adjacent enclosed porch into a space filled with natural light that creates a logical flow from the kitchen into the living room. The island offers comfortable seating as well as a large area for cooling cookies and pies and provides Tim, an avid baker, with thin, tall cabinets for storing his cookie sheets and cooling racks. The homeowners’ biggest challenge was working with lines and angles no longer straight after 100 years.


The Junior League of Troy, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For information on joining the Junior League of Troy, please email juniorleagueoftroy@gmail.com

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