Kitchen Tour 2018

Thank you for a successful Kitchen Tour! We greatly appreciate our home owners opening their homes along with your sponsorships, demontrations, donations and attendance at our 9th Annual NMES Kitchen Tour.  All proceeds benefit families in need in Neenah and Menasha communities.  

See 2018 Kitchen Tour Photos!

Please join us for the 9th Annual NMES Kitchen Tour, sponsored by Nicolet National Bank.  This year’s tour is on Thursday, April 19th, with tours from 10 am to 8 pm.

We hope you will enjoy this year’s presentation of five spectacular homes filled with superb demonstrations from local businesses and organizations. This year you will be treated with samples of sushi, beer, bread and olive oil, sangria, salad, champagne, and other fun delectable treats. In addition to the five houses on the tour, we also have a sixth stop at the Ridgeway County Club for an exclusive Kitchen Boutique featuring over ten fabulous vendors who have terrific must have items for your own kitchen and home. You and your friends can also sit down for a beautiful lunch or dinner in the clubhouse overlooking the 18th hole or enjoy a quick drink at the bar. 

The Kitchen Tour is NMES’ most important fundraiser. The proceeds from the Kitchen Tour sponsors, tickets, raffles, and giving trees will be used to help families in need of financial assistance in Neenah-Menasha and fund other NMES programs like the Back to School Fair, Rogan’s Shoes Certificates, and Winter Weather Attire for students.

Thank you for supporting NMES. We are grateful for your generosity. As you embark on this year’s Kitchen Tour, please enjoy the day with your friends and loved ones!

Kitchen Tour 2018 tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for general admission! 


Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 19th. 

Purchase tickets at the following locations: Nicolet National Bank (Six locations – Calumet St, Appleton, Nicolet Rd, Appleton, Northland Ave, Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Oshkosh), Bill Paul Ltd., Red Door Mercantile, Donaldson’s Cleaners (Neenah west side), Scatter Joy, Zuppas, The Wreath Factory, Your Daily Grind, Primitive Gatherings, Cedar Ridge Crafts & Gifts, & Fox Cities Racquet Club. 


Homes on the 2018 Tour

Home Sponsors: Hand to Shoulder Center of WI and First Weber Foundation

Demonstrations & Tastings

Red Door Mercantile is demonstrating modern Italian farmhouse decor. 

Town Council Kitchen & Bar is offering pork rillettes and country pate. With artisian Wisconsin cheeses and a signature cocktail. 

842 Terra Cotta Drive

Modern Farmhouse

Built in 2017, this stunning home nestled on a wooded lot perfectly defines the term “modernfarmhouse.”The moment you walk through the door, every detail of this house flawlessly incorporates the old with the new. The great room draws you in with floor-to-ceiling shiplap. A classic fireplace, featuring cream city brick from Milwaukee, is topped off with a rustic wood beam mantle. In the great room, the aged white oak hardwood flooring and recycled barn wood trusses make a statement against the white ceiling and walls. Shedding light throughout the home, the floor-to-ceiling windows bring in the outdoors. The colors of the white and dark grey custom cabinetry are repeated in the beautiful quartz countertop. A portion of the island showcases lumber salvaged from Navy Pier. The massive dining room table and bench seating were custom made from a tree which grew in Madison. A hanging barn door hides a desk area and kitchen pantry with an enviable amount of storage. As you walk past the half bath, you will travel onto the recycled Chicago pink brick style flooring to a laundry room tucked behind an antique pocket door, which was refinished by the homeowner. This laundry room will make you forget that laundry is a chore!

The master bedroom, with its rustic wood beams, fireplace, and massive en suite, continues the modern farmhouse style. This home is a must see!


Home Sponsor: Wisconsin Institute of Urology

Demonstrations & Tastings 

Nakashima  will be serving sushi rolls 

991 Derby Lane 

Modern Colonial  

After living in this colonial house for 23 years, the owners completely renovated the house’s interior down to the studs and transformed the space into a modern and sophisticated classic home.  

In keeping with a colonial floorplan, a formal living room and dining room are on either side of the front door. The rich coloring of the wood floors creates a pathway throughout the home. The soothing color palette welcomes you into the space. As you progress toward the great room, you will pass the opulent gold half bath, which is not to be missed. Once in the kitchen and dinette area, custom cabinetry and rich grey walls flank a beautiful floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Your eye is drawn to a large chandelier located in the center of the custom-built coffered ceiling. The great room has a wall of French doors with transom windows flooding light into the home and accentuating the stunning light grey kitchen cabinets. Crystal pendant lights hang over the kitchen island highlighting the herringbone tile backsplash. The custom-made detail in the glass doors connects with the design in the great room. This home has a graceful manner and amazing attention to detail. It is updated and modern, yet classically elegant. 



Home Sponsors: Steckling Custom Builders and Drexel Building Supply

Demonstrations & Tastings 

The Ballroom at The Reserve will be offering champagne tastings 

The Master’s Touch Flower Studio will be  demonstrating flower arranging  

3096 Rose Moon Way 



In 2010, Steckling Builders built this majestic home. Your first impression is that you are arriving at a Tuscan Estate. The gorgeous entrance has a perfectly balanced stone and stucco exterior. When you walk into the grand foyer, you are greeted with it’s unique winding staircase. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the wall of windows in the living room which is designed to maximize the view to the resort-like pool and backyard.  Both the interior and exterior of the home give prominence to stunning travertine columns, tiles, and custom railings. The open-concept kitchen features a barrel ceiling and beams, ornate custom cabinetry, chef’s style amenities, and a “hidden” pantry. The newly renovated hallway has a similarly curved ceiling and beams adorned with chandeliers that light your way to the spacious laundry room and mud room. The large inset chalkboard adds whimsical, yet functional, charm to the space. As you take in the exceptional architecture, don’t miss the remodeled garden room (formerly a guest room) featuring French doors and additional windows that bring in the outdoors. The master bedroom is beautifully framed with a tray ceiling, and the attached bathroom is a special place for tranquility. This home was uniquely designed for impact and easy living for a busy family. 


Home Sponsors: Legacy Private Trust

Demonstrations & Tastings 

Offering local beer tastings by Emprize Brew Mill 

Providing instrumental music entertainment by instructor and students, Kurt Stein’s School of Music, Inc. 

Offering artesian bread and olive oil pairings by Great Harvest Bread Co. and the Olive Cellar 

7917 Jewel Drive, Neenah 

“The Castle”

Luxury abounds in this grand home, known by many as “the castle.” The circular driveway makes you feel as though you are entering a fairy tale. As you walk into the foyer, you are greeted with an impressive winding staircase, marble floors, and elegant columns. Crown molding and floor-to-ceiling windows frame the formal dining room with its two gorgeous chandeliers. The chef’s kitchen has double ovens, a warming oven, and a gas stove with a retractable vent. The granite counter-tops and a natural stone backsplash add to the kitchen’s timeless elegance.  With a natural flow and abundance of space, this house is a dream for entertaining. The spiral staircase leads you to the second floor where another entertaining area awaits with a balcony overlooking the cascading pool.  The large bar and custom craft beer room will make any beer connoisseur never want to leave.  “The castle” is the perfect place to make memories with family and friends! 



Home Sponsors: Hoffmann Strobel Builders and Century 21

Demonstrations & Tastings 

 Primitive Gatherings will be demonstrating quilting 

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center will be serving fork farm salad with sweet sangria 

8054 Cavendish Road 

Rustic Cottage 

 In 2017, Hoffmann Strobel Builders built this stunning home. The front porch accentuates the entrance and adds to the charm of the home’s interior. As you enter, the large masonry stone fireplace and tongue and groove butternut ceiling feels warm and welcoming. The kitchen is truly the heart of this home. Rustic wood ceiling beams frame the kitchen and dinette area. You will gravitate to the custom designed, concrete, aggregate countertop with flecks of recycled glass bottles gleaming in the light-filled room. The large island with it’s butcher-block countertop is the focal point for both cooking and gathering. Integrated into the kitchen’s design, the banquette seating is the perfect place for family dinners. The prep area of the kitchen features an antique, dove-tailed butcher-block which was manufactured in Appleton and once stood as a display in the Choice Beverage Mart in Neenah. The easy flow of the home leads to a screened-in porch and sitting area. This rustic cottage design showcases new construction with vintage charm and creates a warm and inviting home for entertaining family members of all ages. 


Kitchen Boutique at Ridgeway Country Club – New this year!

Make the Kitchen Boutique a stop for lunch or dinner and shopping to complete your NMES Kitchen Tour day!

Ridgeway will be offering lunch – soup and salad bar for $12.  Enjoy with one of your favorite beverages or cocktails. 

2913 County Rd II, Neenah

Enjoy shopping at our ten kitchen themed boutiques:



The Giving Tree!

giving tree sheet and leaves

Each year we offer our supporters a chance to purchase a pair of shoes, a back to school item, or to contribute towards preventing homelessness by purchasing a leaf for our Giving Trees. The Giving Trees are displayed at some of the homes on the Kitchen Tour on April 19th.

You can purchase leaves in advance from your friendly NMES members, or you can purchase them during the Kitchen Tour event.

Please consider purchasing a Giving Tree leaf, each leaf helps those in need in our community!



Thank You Neenah-Menasha Emergency Society Donors   

Thank you for sponsoring NMES by attending today’s Kitchen Tour. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the following NMES donors. 

A very special thank you to our Title Sponsor 



Nicolet National Bank






Home Sponsors $2000 



Legacy Private Trust Co. 






First Weber Foundation








Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin








Steckling Custom Home Builders








Drexel Building Supply






Hoffmann Strobel Builders








Dawn Christensen and CENTURY 21 Real Estate






Wisconsin Institute of Urology



Platinum Sponsors $1000+ 


Gold Sponsors $500+ 


Silver Sponsors $250+ 


Bronze Sponsors $100+ 

Friends Sponsors Up to $100 


NMES is proud to have received grants from the following organizations. 

From January 2017 to February 2018) 


 Thank you to all our volunteers who make the NMES Kitchen Tour come to life! 


Thank you to all our homeowners who graciously opened their homes to support NMES, and in turn, our Neenah-Menasha community.  


Demonstrators Kitchen Tour 2018 

Thank you to all our talented Kitchen Tour demonstrators who make the tour more interesting and exciting through their fabulous skills.  


Thank you to our generous raffle basket and door prize donors who contributed fabulous prizes for our six raffle baskets. A special thanks to all the sponsors for our “Dine Around Town” basket.