We had the immense pleasure of meeting the Queen of Southern Style, Ms. Paula Deen, at the ribbon cutting of Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Panama City. What a dream it was.
Going into the interview, we were both extremely excited and honored. Paula Deen was a staple in our household for years and years. Our mom/grandma would’ve trusted any advice this Southern lady gave on food, entertaining and life.
I’d say that I (Jenni) while excited and honored was also cautiously optimistic. We’ve met a few famous people in our time and sometimes, not all of the time, they’re not quite what you expected.
Sometimes they’re a little less pleasant than they appeared on TV. Sometimes the meeting is a little less magical than expected. But…
Paula Deen is a true gem of a human being.
Seriously. Such a nice and genuine person. I cannot say enough good things. I’ll recap the interview for you here on the blog, but if you’d rather listen to Ms. Paula, just watch the video…
The interview was about her incredible new restaurant chain, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Two just opened in our area; one in Destin (Destin Commons) and one in Panama City (Pier Park). She also has two in Texas, one in Myrtle Beach, and one in Tennessee. There are two currently in the works for Nashville and Branson, MO.
The concept is exactly what it sounds like. Food is served family style and, as if that’s not awesome enough, it’s all you can eat. It’s a buffet without the guilt.
Whether you come as a group of two or a group of six, you’ll feel right at home and you’ll get plenty of food. Everyone starts with delicious and cheesy biscuits just to get you ready for the feast. Then you get the chance to pick two or three main dishes (i.e. fried chicken, meatloaf, etc.) and four sides (i.e. squash casserole, creamed corn, collards, etc.).
That. Is. Not. All.
Whether you choose the Albany (two main dishes) or the Savannah (three main dishes) everyone at the table gets dessert. But don’t worry! You don’t all have to agree. You can each choose from the three delicious dessert options: Ooey Gooey Butter Cake (chocolate or vanilla), Banana Pudding or their Seasonal Cobbler.
You can’t go wrong with any of those options.
Ms. Paula talked candidly about her view on Southern hospitality, something we’re very passionate about. She emphasized that the cornerstone of Southern hospitality and Southern style is treating company like family and family like company. And, in her words, if you do that you’ll never be lonely, because there will always be people who want to be around you.
This is something our mom/grandma practiced and preached for the entirety of her life.
It’s also something you’ll experience every time you visit Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. You’ll see it in the staff.
You’ll feel it in the atmosphere. And you’ll taste it in the food. It’ll be an experience you want to relive over and
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