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2015-12-24

Tasting Tea offers Christmas cheer

by Judith Pannebaker

Photos by Judith Pannebaker
Convivial "ticket taker" Beth Hargrove epitomized the true Spirit of Christmas during the Friday, Dec. 11, Tasting Teas at St. Christopher's Episcopalian Church.

Not only did they hawk cookbooks that featured 2015 Tasting Tea recipes, but, from left, Buny Bond and Joyce Maples also contributed, respectively, Marinated Brussels Sprouts and Cornbread Chicken Casserole to the groaning board.

Kiddo Wright, primer mover behind the Tasting Tea, shared a photo op with Don Barnett and Joann Arguelles.

Rev. Allan Conkling, pastor of St. Christopher's Episcopalian Church, contributed rum-soaked fruitcake with a special dipping sauce to the dessert table.

Michaela Ellis-Searcy ensured that everything was "just so" on the beautifully decorated tables.

Caught slaving in the kitchen over hot quiches were Dr. Sandra Haldeman, left, and Mary Bird.

With a cup of non-alcoholic champagne punch firmly in hand, Judge Tom Lee posed with wife, Carol, left, and Karen Lee.

Lisa Thornton and Brenda Cross of A Cut Above took time from their styling duties to attend the Tasting Tea.

Holly Nolen, owner of Obediently Yours dog training, and an extravagantly attired Sable Golden happily "smiled for the birdie."



It comes as no surprise that the Episcopal Church Women of St. Christopher's hosted another spectacular Christmas Tasting Tea. Proceeds from annual fundraiser, held on Friday, Dec. 11, will benefit charities and projects in the City of Bandera and Bandera County, as well as parish activities.
The Tasting Tea is always one of the holiday season's most wonderful - and delicious - events. Hats go off to founder and coordinator Kiddo Wright and this year's Tasting Tea committee, Katie Bussineau, Donna Anderson, Anne Cassidy, Sale golden, Dr. Sandra Haldeman, Buny Bond, Lee Correll and Denise Collyer, who hosted another event with grace and style.
Lee Correll of O'Neal's Florist &Antiques created the gorgeous table decorations. Local restaurants that contributed to the bountiful groaning board included Backyard Bistro, Brick's River Café, Nancy's Cakes & Catering, Sid's Main Street BBQ, TJ's at the Old Forge and 1856 Tavern & Steakhouse.
Those who missed this extravagant occasion are advised to be first in the door next December. And make a beeline for the rum-soaked fruitcake - which took an unfortunate hiatus last year - courtesy of Rev. Allan Conkling.