Former White House Chef designs gingerbread house

Former White House Chef designs gingerbread house

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JEH JEH LIVE - WBRC FOX6 is proud to once again partner with the Salvation Army for our annual "Gifts for Kids Angel Tree" program. The "Gifts for Kids Angel Tree" program is a way for people to donate Christmas gifts to foster children and other children in need during the holiday season. You can either supply the gifts yourself or you can donate cash to the Salvation Army who will then use that money to buy clothing and toys for children on their Angel Tree list.

There are several ways you can help:

1- Adopt an angel. Fill out the form below or visit Brookwood Village today or tomorrow to adopt an angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Instructions will be emailed back to you on how to fulfill the adoption.
2- Drop off a gift. If you are dropping off a gift for a specific angels you adopted, follow the instructions provided or visit for instructions.
If you wish to drop off a new, unwrapped gift for any child, you can do so at any area Chick-Fil-A restaurants. Visit for more information.
3- Donate online. Visit to donate online to the Angel Tree program, volunteer, or host a drive.
For more information, visit or check out the WBRC app.

WHITE HOUSE CHEF - Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in elegant Liberty Hall at American Village guests will have the opportunity to meet the inspiring and engaging Chef Roland Mesnier. Hear him talk about his life and legendary career as the longest serving chef in the history of the White House. Having served five United States Presidents and First Ladies: Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George H. W. and Barbara Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and George W. and Laura Bush, Chef Mesnier is an engaging storyteller…with stories to tell! Get a behind-the-scenes personal glimpse of how America's first families celebrate their own Christmases in the White House…and enjoy the White House Christmas Dessert Brunch, featuring eight of the chef's fabulous White House recipes. Chef Mesnier will autograph copies of his new book The White House in Gingerbread, which will be available for purchase at this event. Also available will be a limited number of signed commemorative White House plates. After the Dessert and Coffee Brunch guests are invited to visit the National Veterans Shrine, the Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel, and the Estes Theatre – which houses a very special miniature Christmas village. To Kickoff your Christmas celebration in a very memorable way, call 205-665-3535, ext. 1031 or 877-811-1776, ext. 1031, or email This rare Christmas treat is a fundraising event for the American Village. Your $100 ticket purchase or $1,000 table sponsorship will help support our educational programming throughout the coming year. Visit for more information.

ZOO CREW - Kelly Garrison  joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Jill to a Eastern Screech Owl. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to

KIDS & TRAGEDIES - Mike talked with Dr. Mike Furlong from Grayson Associates about how to talk to your children about violence and tragedies in the world these days. He recommends you limit how much your kids see in the media - especially younger children. If they ask you questions, ask them what the think about it. If your child is ready to talk, then he/she will, and if not, it will give you an understanding of what your child is thinking. Rather than telling them not to watch or making comments about it, point your kids in a different direction - ask if they want to go outside. Kids want regularity and stability. They want to know that their life is going to continue pretty much as they're used to it being.

BIRMINGHAM BOWL - We don't know who's going to be in the Birmingham bowl game this year but we do know two things - the game will be played in the Magic City for the next five years and it's expected to bring with it millions of dollars in revenue.  Birmingham signed a contract with ESPN. The city will pay the standard 300 thousand dollars to hold the game in the city and an additional 200 thousand will be paid to keep Birmingham's name in the game. The city expects 10 to 12 million dollars in revenue during the bowl weekend. The Birmingham Bowl will be played on December 30th this year. It's the only bowl in the country aligned with both the Southeastern Conference and the American Athletic Conference. Since 2006, the bowl has generated an economic impact of more than $108 million. Last year's game between Florida and ECU had an economic impact of well over $10 million. It broadcasts on ESPN to millions of viewers. This is the 10 year anniversary of the Birmingham Bowl. There will be a Watch Party for the Bowl Announcement to see which teams we get will be Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Southern Kitchen in Uptown. All are welcome to join. Auburn and Cincinnati likely to be selected - we will know more on Sunday.

BBJ - Mike talked with Ty West from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed new retail developments in downtown Birmingham near where Publix and other businesses are moving in soon. They also discussed how the help of fiber internet can help with the growth of businesses and jobs, especially in rural Alabama. For more on these and other business stories, visit

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CATS - Janice talked with Ruben Studdard, Alivn Garrett, and Logan the Entertainer about their upcoming concert - Christmas with the Cats. It will be in the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at the Alabama School of Fine Arts on December 18th. At this show, you'll get a mixture of holiday music, original tunes, and good-old-fashioned R&B jams. Tickets are available online at or at the box office at  205-458-0360.

Next week on Good Day Alabama, we check out lots more gift ideas for everyone on your list! Shipping some gifts this year? We check in with the experts on when is the best time to send them! We bring you some special Christmas music from a local choir. The Nutcracker comes to life in the annual presentation from the Alabama Ballet and we check it out! Look your best for all of the parties... we show you some great holiday fashions! Join us for all of this and much more next week on Good Day!