Friends, food and fun at holiday parties

| December 30, 2010
Bruce Ferguson, Ellen Colliver, Judy and Peter Wayne and John Colliver at the Collivers' home.

Bruce Ferguson, Ellen Colliver, Judy and Peter Wayne and John Colliver at the Collivers' home.

Ellen and John Colliver had a lovely holiday open house at their home on Jarvis Lane. It is a warm and inviting home that is beautifully decorated. And Ellen’s table was filled to the brim with wonderful food including beef and pickled ginger roll-ups that were impossible to resist.

Among those not resisting were Margie and Mike McCall, Judy and Peter Wayne, Barbara and Bruce Ferguson, Julie and Bill Ballard, Karen and Roger Allen, Jane Welch and Bill Burbank.

Cocktails

Jack Roby is known for his entertaining and his table, especially his handmade truffles. He gave a series of parties this holiday season.

At one party he had Ellen Timmons, Betsy and Gerald Tyrell, Olivia Smith, H.J. and Mabel Redmon, Donna and Allan Lansing, Charles Venable, Martin Webb, the Talaminis, Laurice Samuels, and Michael Weber.

Michael brought his charming, fun, sister, Sharon Patterson, who has moved here from Kansas City.

Cathy and John Yarmuth.

Cathy and John Yarmuth.

Christmas Night

Along with their son, Aaron, Cathy and John Yarmuth invited friends and family for a casual buffet supper on Christmas night. It was a relaxed and welcomed evening.

Friend and chef, Phillip Koenig of the Silver Spoon, fixed a splendid spread with the highlight being jambalaya made with huge scallops, shrimp and shredded duck in a typical spicy sauce to put over rice. In addition, there was rare beef tenderloin, molasses-roasted brussels sprouts with carrots and walnuts, spoon bread, crispy asparagus with lots of fresh raspberries and tossed green salad. I am sure there was desert, but I steered clear.

Among the friends and family gathered for the party were Kevin Grangier, Mary Moss and John Greenebaum; our new Mayor Greg Fischer and his wife, Alex; Mimi and Keith Runyon and their children; Edna, William and Fran Yarmuth; and Elise, Ray and Karen Sales.

Greg Fischer, Mary Moss Greenebaum and Dr. Alex Gerassimides at the Yarmuths' party.

Greg Fischer, Mary Moss Greenebaum and Dr. Alex Gerassimides at the Yarmuths' party.

That same evening Penn and Pat Broecker had an open house for friends and family. Janet Leusing, Liza Lee and Glenn Ulferts, Amy and Christopher Kessler, Sharrie, T.K. and M.E. Broecker were there. Mary and Kurt Broecker dropped in for a while but left early to pack for the next day when they were sailing from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco, where they plan to visit Bessire relatives who are from Louisville originally.

Special guest of the evening was Liza Lee and Penn’s 97-year-old mother, Betty Ann Broecker, who lives in St. Matthews and cooks, entertains and plays bridge with the best of them.

photos by CARLA SUE BROECKER | contributing photographer

Janet Luesing, Betty Ann Broecker and Glen and Liza Lee Ulferts at Penn and Pat Broecker's home.

Janet Luesing, Betty Ann Broecker and Glen and Liza Lee Ulferts at Penn and Pat Broecker's home.

Mabel and H.J. Redmon, Sally Abell and Michael Noel at Jack Roby's soiree.

Mabel and H.J. Redmon, Sally Abell and Michael Noel at Jack Roby's soiree.

Allan and Donna Lansing visiting with Liz Todd at Jack Roby's.

Allan and Donna Lansing visiting with Liz Todd at Jack Roby's.

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