“I am having the best time being on the road and meeting so many of my amazing fans during these shows,” said Deen. “From cooking up some of my favorite dishes using tasty Springer Mountain Farms chicken to bringing fans on stage with me, we are having a ball!”
According to a fan who attended the first of two sold-out “Paula Deen Live!” shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on June 21,”I loved it. We’re long-time Paula Deen fans, and we got to see her talk about her faith, her cooking and bring that same good energy back. It just makes everybody in the whole place feel so excited.”
For the first time ever, fans have the opportunity to interact with Deen personally and taste her delicious Southern creations, including dishes made with fresh Springer Mountain Farms chicken. Deen and her husband, Michael, share stories and preview some of the shows on the new Paula Deen Network, an interactive digital experience that will allow viewers to engage and access Deen and her Southern home cooking, anytime, anywhere – on computer, smartphone or tablet. Launching in September 2014, fans can sign up for the Paula Deen Network now at PaulaDeen.com to receive updates.
“It’s always been a pleasure to partner with Paula Deen,” said Gus Arrendale, president of Springer Mountain Farms. “Her positive attitude, family-oriented lifestyle and fantastic cooking really represent our brand well.”
The first two sold-out shows took place in Pigeon Forge, where Paula also opened The Paula Deen Store in nearby Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, a restaurant and retail operation, is scheduled to open at The Island in Pigeon Forge late this summer.
Dates for upcoming “Paula Deen Live!” shows are as follows:
VIP experiences, including reception with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, meet-and-greets, photograph opportunities, gift bags and VIP seating for each show will be available for purchase.
Paula Deen Ventures (PDV) partners with world-class product lines and food manufacturers to deliver great products to her fans. Paula Deen has sold over 11 million copies of her 14 cookbooks and is supported by one of the largest social media followings on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, on which one of her most recent recipes was the most ‘re-pinned’ globally. Deen’s first live 20-show tour, “Paula Deen Live!” commenced in June 2014, and showcases cooking demonstrations, games, and stories with Paula and her fans. In September 2014, PDV will launch the “Paula Deen Network,” a subscriber-based interactive digital experience that will broadcast a variety of exclusive content featuring Paula anytime, anywhere. She will provide her signature Southern dishes and simple, healthy meals in a fun, unscripted format on a daily basis with all-new recipes, episodes and cooking tools. The Lady & Sons, the Savannah, Georgia restaurant Paula founded with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen, remain one of the country’s most popular regional restaurants. Paula Deen Ventures is headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, with offices in New York.
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