Debbie Arnold


#AWBU Foodie Friday 2015

Presented By



The Arlington Hotel ~ Hot Springs, Arkansas
August 28, 2015
Registration and Gathering begin at 11:30




Branding Yourself



Georgia Pellegrini

Chef, Author, Adventure Expert, TV Personality

Chef, author, and outdoor adventure expert Georgia Pellegrini has quickly become a household name, working to help women tap into their modern-day pioneer spirit by teaching them how to grow a small-space garden and cook from it, assemble the makings of a self-sufficient pantry, and leading them on her renowned Adventure Getaways around the country to step outside their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is the author of multiple books, her latest: “Modern Pioneering” is unlike any other book on shelves today. Her second book “Girl Hunter” made waves documenting her adventures as a classically-trained New York chef, venturing into the wild to explore the real world of local, organic, sustainable food. The book was named one of the Top 10 Sports Books of 2012, and a Best Book of the Month. Her book, “Food Heroes” was nominated for an IACP award in food journalism. She has worked in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, including Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gramercy Tavern, and La Chassagnette. Georgia’s been on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Iron Chef America,” “Today Show,” HBO’s “Real Sports,” ABC’s “The Chew,” NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Glamour, Town & Country, and many more. You can follow her work at http://www.georgiapellegrini.comFacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube

10 Ways to Ruin Your Party

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Jana Hunter

Jana Hunter Interiors 







Working in central Arkansas and surrounding areas, Jana Hunter strives to design traditional and transitional spaces with an authentic air—whether that means prominently displaying a client’s contemporary art collection, situating a room to take advantage of a property’s sightline, or mixing modern-day amenities with beloved antiques. 

As the daughter of an interior designer, Jana admits the profession is in her blood, but it’s also her passion. Perhaps more than any other part of the design process, she enjoys engaging with clients to listen and learn their preferences and needs. 

Because this passion permeates all that she does, you’ll often find Jana antiquing at local flea markets or patronizing her favorite neighborhood shop in search of the perfect accent. Her love of family, friends, and a hospitable group gathering lead her to entertain frequently in her own home, where she considers everyday to be a special occasion. 

Arkansas Farm Bureau Women in Agriculture

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Janeal Yancey, Moderator







Dr. Janeal Yancey. a graduate of Texas Tech University and Kansas State University and ARWB member, became interested in meat science through FFA and collegiate meat judging teams and is currently at the University of Arkansas where she teaches and conducts research on many aspects of meat quality. On her Mom at the Meat Counter Blog, she writes about meat and the meat industry from her point of view as a mom, a cattle producer and a meat scientist. Janeal and her husband, Ed, a meat scientist with Tyson Foods , live in Huntsville where they raise two wild daughters and gentle Simmental cattle.

Beth Moss is a seed salesman for Progeny Ag Products
Susan Anglin is a dairy and beef cattle farmer in Benton County .and ARWB member
Cassie Davis is a dairy farmer in Washington County  

From our Field. To the Kitchen. For your Table.

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Chef Matthew Bell
South on Main, Little Rock







Originally from Missoula, Montana,  naturalized Southerner, Chef Matthew Bell is happy to call North Little Rock home. Since moving to the South in 2005, Bell fell in love with the heritage of southern food. Chef Bell, has a culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Texas, pulls inspiration from the great barbecue and seafood traditions of his adopted home.

“When I was at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, I got to use such fabulous ingredients,” said Bell, whose wife is from North Little Rock. “I’m fascinated by Southern food and how the recipes get passed down. My family is from California and Montana, and we don’t pass down recipes.”Bell served upscale southern fare for 5 years at Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel before leaving to open his first establishment, South on Main.

South on Main is a revolutionary cultural experience that includes a restaurant and performance venue featuring the best of Southern cuisine and culture. The restaurant offers a sophisticated but unpretentious atmosphere and a creative and accessible menu. South on Main also presents programming related to the content of the Oxford American magazine, including musical performances, literary readings, film screenings, and other offerings, making it the place where the Oxford American goes “from the page to the stage.”

In South on Main’s short time since opening, it has received numerous accolades, including being named the best restaurant in Arkansas by Business Insider.

Chef Bell comes to us through the courtesy of The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board

Creative Food Photography: Branding Yourself with Gorgeously Designed Food Photos (Interactive) 

This extended and interactive workshop is for anyone interested in food photography of any kind. From iPhone photography to setting up shots for a DSLR shoot, we will cover the basics of great photography and food styling then gives you time to actually put it into practice. Bring your cameras!

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Heather Disarro
Heather’s Dish







Heather Disarro is a food-centric lifestyle blogger who is passionate about embracing the beauty that surrounds us with in our everyday lives. She is a Texan living the expat life in central Arkansas with her husband, sons and two massive dogs. Heather writes her blog, Heather’s Dish, from an office filled with dust, dog fur, toys and plenty of love, grace and music. She specializes in creating delicious and creatively nourishing recipes. Cooking seasonally and with as many local ingredients as possible is an important component to Heather’s style of food, and she revels in the opportunity to bring the love of cooking to the world as a way to love others well!.

 Assisting Heather:  

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Jenny Marrs
Blessings and Raindrops







Jenny Marrs spent four years documenting moments for her clients as a lifestyle photographer before she made the decision to leave her business in order to focus on her growing family. These days, you will find her chasing after her four little people, managing Feed Their Tummies: the non-profit she founded with herhusband, and blogging about her pursuit of joy in the every day. She is an accidental farm girl living in a renovated farmhouse in Bentonville with her family, goats, chickens and dogs.

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Sarah Shotts
Love Letter to Adventure





Sarah Shotts is a freelance photographer, writer and filmmaker at Sarah Shotts Storytelling. Growing up as a Girl Scout wandering the woods of Camp Meridale gave her an adventurer’s spirit. After living abroad for a year while earning her Masters at Goldsmiths: University for London she found her true love and was married inDevil’s Den State Park. “Settled down” but determined to continue living an adventurous life Sarah has been exploring her new home state ever since. She loves finding new local haunts and creating opportunities for bringing adventure intoeveryday life. Sarah blogs about ways to infuse your day to day life with adventure and open your mind to those big dreams you’ve always told yourself are beyond your grasp. If she’s not out on adventure you’ll probably find her curled up with a long book and a cup of tea.   

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Whitney Binzel





Whitney is the recipe developer and photographer behind WhitBit’s Indian Kitchen.  She’s always been interested in different cultures and foods, but ever since she spent three months traveling through India, she hasn’t looked back. Whitney shows that you don’t have to be afraid of trying new cuisine or getting a little messy in the kitchen. Her recipes have been featured on Mode and TheFrisky, and several online magazines. She is also a regular contributor for Parade Magazine.

 Hostesses and Social Media Facilitators

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Keisha Pittman

Big Pitt Stop

Keisha Pittman can be found over at bigpittstop a blog started when she was brushing up on her superpowers kicking cancer’s butt. Seven years later, it’s a chapter book of a 30 something navigating life and learning lessons along the way. She is a self-proclaimed nerd and every once in awhile lets us have a little glimpse into her recipes—for disaster, Saturday scenic drives, “big sister chats” and mindless thoughts of life in Northwest Arkansas. 

Talya Boerner

 Grace Grits and Gardening

 Talya is a delta girl who grew up making mudpies on her family’s cotton farm in Northeast Arkansas. After thirty years as a commercial banker in Dallas, she has returned to the state she loves settling in Fayetteville. Talya blogs at Grace, Grits and Gardening and has been published in Arkansas Review, Front Porch Magazine and several on-line publications including Only in Arkansas and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute blog. Talya has two grown children, two miniature schnauzers and one workaholic husband. She loves to cook and believes most any dish can be improved with a side of collard greens. 

Jodi Coffee

The Coffee House Life

Jodi Coffee, who blogs at The Coffee House Life, is the mom of three beautiful and energetic little girls that ALWAYS give her something to blog about. She loves to try new things — food, travel and adventure. Inher spare time…wait a minute. What is that? She enjoys training for triathlons, and has her sights set on an IRONMAN in the near future. She is a backyardfarmer, a farmers’ marketmanager and enjoys helping bring healthy opportunities to her community

Kellee Mayfield

Delta Moxie

In 2007, Kellee Mayfield and her family moved to Lake Village. Kellee was quickly given the nicknamed “Kelly Jo” and the name stuck. As an Oklahoma native, Kelly Jo writes about living in very southeast Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta which has been penned the most Southern place on earth. She also shares her art as well as the art of resourcefulness as being the key to really small town living. Kellee is a mother, wife and clinical specialist for a medical device company. And she has a southern drawl. Catch up with Kellee Jo at Delta Moxie.


  1. I will miss attending this with you lovely ladies!! My niece is getting married that weekend and we are one of the host homes. Know that I will secretly be checking my twitter, fb, and instagrams to follow along!

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