The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council hosted their annual Holiday Foods Show, “Celebrating the Holidays with JCEHC,” at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall in Pine Bluff.


Jo Segars, president of Camden Road EHC, was in charge of decorating. The room was decorated using small homemade Christmas trees in centerpieces, many of which Segars made.


Guests were welcomed by greeters Bettye Johnson, Delta District EHC asssociate director, and Betty Lacy. Cheri Aronowitz and Linda Murray checked in the guests. Extra cookbooks were sold by Joyce Johnson and Nancy Rosen. Connie Herrin chaired the craft table in the foyer.


Sandy Smith, Holiday Foods Show chairwoman, welcomed everyone. She announced the counties represented: Arkansas, Bradley, Cleveland, Desha, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, and Pulaski. Smith then introduced Debbie James, Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council president. James introduced Daniel Newman, video specialist, and Billy Coble, local DJ, sound specialist and co-emcee with Smith.


The chairwomen of the various categories were: Appetizers-Cathy Lewis, Soups/Salads-Delores Kelley, Side Dishes-Jo Ann Carr, Main Dishes-Marnette Reed, Breads-Kaye Richardson, Desserts-Cheri Aronowitz, and Beverages-Sarah Payton.


Herrin was Door Prize chairwoman with 40 door prizes given throughout the show. Five food demonstrations were also given as door prizes. The food demos and their presenters were: Bacon Wrapped Turkey - Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Spinach and Artichoke Dip - Reed, Pineapple Nut Salad - Jody Stout, Fresh Corn Casserole - Mary Nell Cardin, Stuffed Bell Peppers - Carr, and Simple Peach Cobbler - Linda Works.


Smith and James recognized the kitchen workers, Cardin, Kelley, and Stout. They also thanked the servers, those that assisted serving the handicapped, and everyone else who worked to make the show successful. Margaret Thomas, Inspiration Chairwoman, gave the blessing over the meal.


For additonal information regarding Extension Homemakers or healthy holiday foods recipes, contact Kizer at 870-534-1033 or mkizer@uaex.edu. EHC membership is open to all county residents who are interested in community service, leadership development and education.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.