April 2017 Update

Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk: Co-Chairs With a Love of History

Love of Hinsdale, its history and the variety of homes are what motivate Dee Bauer and Ruta Brigden, this year's Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk co-chairs.


Ruta has been involved with the kitchen walk for several years now, starting as a docent for a house one year, a house captain another year and co-chairing the walk last year and this one. 

“It’s going to be another awesome walk,” she said. As always, the kitchen walk features a variety of homes from smaller and quainter to larger, expansive and ultra-modern. “I like the variety,” she said.

Both Ruta and Dee are especially excited about the Albert True House on 231 E. Third Street. This prairie-style house was built in 1908, and its latest owners have brought it up to the 21st century. 

“I love history, and I believe in the historical preservation of Hinsdale,” Dee said. “I love the event and working with Ruta.”

The kitchen walk is not just a beloved springtime event in Hinsdale. It is the Hinsdale Historical Society’s largest and most visible fundraiser. Monies raised support, in part, the Society’s three properties—the Hinsdale History Museum on 15 South Clay Street, Immanuel Hall on 302 South Grant Street and the R. Harold Zook Home and Studio in Katherine Legge Memorial Park. 

“Every year it gets bigger and better,” Ruta said. Like last year, the kitchen walk committee always wants to promote Hinsdale and has encouraged shopping and dining the day of the event, with certain retailers offering discounts and/or a portion of proceeds to benefit the Hinsdale Historical Society.

The Cooks’ Night Out Kitchen Walk preview party will be held on Friday, April 28 at the home of Julie Laux on County Line Road. 

The Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 12 (Mother’s Day weekend). Tickets for the VIP Trolley tour have already been sold out, but to purchase tickets for the kitchen walk or for more information, visit www.kitchen-walk.com.

Programs and Events

History in the Making...Fragrances of Maison Francis Kurkdjian, a Modern Perfumer with a Nose for History
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Hinsdale Historical Society and Neiman Marcus invite you to join Joan Tanis, National Training Director for Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30 pm for a fascinating presentation on up-and-coming French Perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian. 

Dubbed "one of the most prolific – and acclaimed – perfumers of our time" by The Perfume Society, Francis Kurkdjian created his first scent while only in his twenties and has since continued to create a variety of scents, including a recreation the perfume worn by Marie Antoinette. Expert Joan Tanis will share not only information about the perfumes of Francis Kurkdjian, but will also offer an opportunity for the audience to smell many of the perfumes of Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30, with the presentation beginning at 6:00. The program is free and donations to the Hinsdale Historical Society will be accepted. 

NM Cafe is located in the upper level of Neiman Marcus Oakbrook.

To register for this event, please email Registration@HinsdaleHistory.org
School Day Off Adventures

Friday, April 14 - Kite Making

Friday, May 26 - Herb Gardening


Drop in anytime, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Hinsdale History Museum

$3/child (member); $5 (non-member)

Age Recommendation: 5 years and up

School's out, so stop by for some fun activities and craft projects! Registration is requested at Registration@HinsdaleHistory.org

Hinsdale Historical Society Book Club
Our next book selection will be Joan of Arc: A History by Helen Castor. The club will be discussing the book and this 15th century French girl who made history on May 10 at 7:30 pm at the Museum.  
Copies of the book will be available at the Hinsdale Public Library.
To RSVP or for more information about the book club, email Info@HinsdaleHistory.org

Women's Board

Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk co-chairs Ruta Brigden and Dee Bauer announced that they have all six 2017 Kitchen Walk homes planned for the walk on Friday, May 12, 2017. They are also actively looking for volunteers for the Kitchen Walk. If you would like to volunteer and get involved with the Kitchen Walk Committee please contact Ruta and Dee at KitchenWalk@HinsdaleHistory.org.

Prior to the Kitchen Walk is the annual Cooks’ Night Out preview party, set for Friday, April 28, 2017. Please contact event co chairs Jane Coyne, Cindy Klima, Loretta Summers and Shannon Weinberger at CooksNightOut@HinsdaleHistory.org if you are interested in learning more about the event or purchasing tickets.

Interested in getting involved with the Hinsdale Historical Society Women's Board? Please contact Emily Van Houtte at WomensBoard@HinsdaleHistory.org


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