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You're invited to Celebrate the Holidays'

By Staff
Special to The Star
October 3, 2004
Delicious food and decorating ideas will take center stage as Meridian Community College ushers in the most wonderful time of the year with the annual event "Celebrate the Holidays."
Participants will be welcomed to the wondrous season of beauty and magic Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon in the Kahlmus Auditorium of Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. Tickets are $40 and include luncheon and all lectures.
A native Mississippian, Null directed the Retail Floral Design program at MSU for 25 years and has presented more than 600 lecture demonstrations throughout the world. His floral creations have graced such occasions as presidential inaugurations, state dinners and venues like Macy's windows and Neiman Marcus catalogues.
Null will be available for autographs after the presentation, and he will sign copies of his books "Spring Arrangements from the Southern Garden," "Summer Arrangements from the Southern Garden" and his new "Fall and Winter Arrangements from the Southern Garden.
For more holiday tips, go behind the scenes of Mississippi's finest restaurants to learn the culinary tricks of master chefs Fran Ginn of Columbia and Willie McGehee of Meridian.
No stranger to the food and restaurant business, McGehee chose the century-old Weidmann's location in the heart of downtown Meridian as his next project. This Louisiana native first opened Caf Thirty-A in the Florida Panhandle in 1995. Before his arrival in Meridian, McGehee established a restaurant in Atlanta. McGehee invites everyone to "Come on Down."
Ginn is the executive chef at In Good Taste in Columbia. She has studied with Julia Child, Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Ginn formed her own catering business in 1984. In 1996, she expanded and opened The Back Door Cafe at the 130-year old building on Main Street in Columbia.
Ginn has been featured in Southern Accents, Southern Living and included in the "Best 100 Restaurants in Mississippi."
What: "Celebrate the Holidays"
When: Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon
Tickets: $40 includes luncheon, and lectures
For info: Stop by MCC's Webb Hall or call 484-8856

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