Girls Inc. girls join First Lady Haslam at luncheon
Young ladies from Girls Inc. in Morristown were invited to attend the biennial Tennessee First Lady’s Luncheon last Thursday. With the girls is Chaperone Alex Brown, First Lady Chrissy Haslam and sponsor Patricia Bible CEO of KaTom Restaurant Supply Inc.
Seven young ladies from Girls Incorporated in Morristown received a unique invitation to be a part of the First Lady’s Luncheon in Nashville last Thursday.
Makenna McMahan, Rebecca Overton, Katelyn Little, Nadia Manuel, Jamya Billing, Marlee Winstead, Shelby Masoner, with chaperones Daphne Reyes, Alexandria Brown and Terry Slover, were all guests at the Tennessee governor’s mansion for the biennial luncheon hosted by Tennessee First Lady Chrissy Haslam.
The invitation was offered by Colortech, Inc. in Morristown which purchased a table and offered it to the club.
Chaperone and club staffer Alex Brown said the opportunity wasn’t only unique because of its importance but also because only two of the girls had ever been to Nashville before none had seen the governor’s residence.
“They were very excited obviously. It was a great opportunity for them to see what the state government does and how it operates firsthand while they are also learning it in their classrooms,” Brown said.
Brown said the trip made some of the girls say they wanted to follow government more and will pay more attention in class to the subject.
The First Lady’s Luncheon benefits the Tennessee Residence Foundation, which supports restoration efforts at the governor’s mansion.
The luncheon highlighted the addition of an extensive kitchen and cutting garden, which was shown on HGTV’s “Yard Takeover.” The garden promotes local Tennessee agriculture and farm to table sustainability.
When the girls were seated at their table they had the opportunity to speak briefly with the first lady.
Haslam told the girls she was happy they were able to attend and that also they had the privilege of being the first non-adults to attend the luncheon.
Brown said the girls felt very honored and other attendees were happy to see them as well. The menu for the luncheon featured all Tennessee made products and included a fresh salad with fire roasted grape tomatoes, charred corn, crumbled blue cheese, green goddess boiled dressing and black eyed peas.
The entrée was goat cheese stuffed chicken with Muddy Pond sorghum sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash and rainbow chard. For desert pumpkin brulee with pecan Florentine and cinnamon cream was served.
Brown said while the food was a little different from the typical lunch the girls might have at school and home they each tried everything and enjoyed some things on the menu.
During their visit the girls were able to tour the governor’s residence and the gardens.
Haslam spoke during the luncheon on the importance of using Tennessee grown products and supporting local farms. The First Lady’s message resonated with the girls because a lot were familiar with farming. For more information on the First Lady’s Luncheon contact the office of the first lady at 615-741-7846.
By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer