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NKBA’s Summit: Designing the Outdoor Kitchen

A residential outdoor kitchen designed by John Cialone of Tom Stringer Design Partners, who will be taking part in NKBA’s Summit: Designing the Outdoor Kitchen. Courtesy of Grey Crawford.
NKBA’s first-ever Outdoor Kitchen Summit takes a deep dive into best practices, emerging trends and how to build proficiency in this area.  
By Elisa Fernández-Arias

On May 18th at 1 pm ET, NKBA will be hosting its first-ever Outdoor Kitchen Summit, based on the findings from NKBA’s 2023 Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Research Report. Outdoor kitchens are becoming a standard for luxury homes, and according to the report, the demand is only increasing for this high-growth category.

Suzie Williford, NKBA’s EVP/CSO, will open the summit with an overview of the topics to be discussed and introduce the event’s host, Nar Bustamante, designer and Founder and President of Nar Design Group. Following Williford’s introduction, Bustamante will provide a summary of each panel discussion, including interactive polls, giveaways and more — and, of course, will provide his expertise in the subject of outdoor kitchens as well.

Tricia Zach, NKBA’s Head of Research, will then provide a 15-minute overview of the report complete with her professional insight into the findings, how the data was gathered and key takeaways for the K&B industry. 

Following Zach’s overview will be two panel discussions. The first panel will be an open discussion on trends, considerations by region, balancing clients’ wants with realities, etc. The second panel will explore the similarities and differences in designing indoor kitchens versus outdoor kitchens. 

The summit will conclude with a one-on-one between Bustamante and designer John Cialone of Tom Stringer Design Partners, where they will explore what it takes to design an outdoor kitchen and the details that make it special. 

To register for the two-hour virtual event, click here.