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It skipped 2018, then in 2019, it was on again: the dressy New Year's Eve celebration at the west Little Rock home of Supha Xayprasith-Mays and her husband, Richard Mays. This time, a larger-than-ever crowd of locals, as well as visitors to the state, showed up to ring in 2020. Distinguished guests included James Lee Witt, former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Guests of the seventh "friendchef" event were asked to dress in semiformal black, red and silver attire, and bring a favorite dish along with a bottle of wine ... making for an eclectic buffet of heavy hors d'oeuvres with an emphasis on Asian cuisine. Attendees also danced to music by the band Exclusive & More, led by Tommy Branch Jr.

When midnight drew near, Xayprasith-Mays gathered everyone, flutes of champagne in hand, into the den to follow a televised countdown.

Parting gifts? Plastic, champagne-bottle shaped containers of tempting, bite-size candies ... tempting enough to be a challenge to New Year's resolution-keeping.

Gallery: “Friendchef” New Year's Eve celebration

High Profile on 01/12/2020

Print Headline: 'Friendchef' event invites guests to ring in new year

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