Paula Deen cooks up live show at Harrah’s

The cooking star Paula Deen will bring her flare for Southern cooking to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino with a live cooking demonstration at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

Paula Deen, widely known as the Queen of Southern home-style cooking, is a popular chef on The Food Network, a restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author.

“During the show, Paula Deen will get up-close-and-personal with the audience, sharing stories and anecdotes from her life and road to success, as well as preparing two Valentine’s Day dishes during the cooking demonstration portion of the show,” said Human Resources and Community Relations Vice President Jo Blaylock.

The show will coincide with the grand opening for the new Paula Deen’s Kitchen, a 404-seat restaurant to be located in the lobby of the new Creek Tower Hotel at Harrah’s. The new food outlet features the décor and ambiance of Paula Deen’s legendary home and kitchen in Savannah. Adjacent to the restaurant is an 1,800-square-foot Paula Deen retail shop, offering cookbooks, spices, food items, cookware, logo-wear and gifts.

Proceeds from Paula Deen’s show will benefit the Cherokee Indian Hospital’s Digital Mammography Unit.

“We hope the community will enjoy getting to know Paula Deen and support the hospital at the same time,” Blaylock said.

The show will be held in the new 3,000-seat concert venue at Harrah’s. The giant stage is framed by two 32-foot high-definition screens, giving every ticket-holder in the room a bird’s-eye view of the show.

Show tickets range from $15 to $40. or call 800.745.3000.

The concert venue and Paula Deen’s Kitchen restaurant are part of a massive expansion at Harrah’s Cherokee, which is slated to be complete in 2012. Other additions includes a VIP lounge, a spa, a digital poker room, Asian gaming room and various other restaurant and retail outlets. The property also is renovating current casino gaming facilities and doubling the size of its casino floor.

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