I was recently invited to attend the "Paula Deen Live!" event in San Antonio, Texas. The show was incredible. But here's the wonderful thing about Paula and her husband, Michael. No doubt, they had been busy traveling and knew they had a long night ahead of them with the show, but they spent the day at Fort Sam Houston visiting soldiers and their families. Paula also announced plans to go back to Fort Sam to cook with some of the folks in the Wounded Warriors program.
When my husband and I were escorted to our seats that evening, we could instantly feel the energy and excitement that filled the beautiful Majestic Theater. And as soon as Paula and Michael made their way on stage, we also felt the love and warmth they exude. It's easy to tell this family is passionate about what they do, and about showing others a good time!
The food, games, and entertainment made for a great evening. Michael's brother, Father Hank, also made an appearance, along with his dog, Grace. Father Hank teamed up with Michael and Paula to make a big pot of jambalaya and told some adorable stories.
In addition, they made some exciting announcements about the creation of PDN, the Paula Deen Network. Originally, Paula started with hardly anything. She had $200 and 2 handsome sons to help her launch her Bag Lady business that would one day catapult her to fame and fortune. It's plain to see Paula has never been afraid of hard work, and the development of this network continues to prove that.
Paula Deen Ventures CEO, Steven Nanula, reports that Paula had several offers to return to broadcast television. But in true Paula Deen style, she's doing it up big in her own way. Her new online network will be available beginning September 24th and will provide a wide variety of programming. Naturally, the lineup will include cooking shows like Good and Good for You, and one called Paula's Keepers that will feature her favorite classic dishes. Shows like 5 & Dime will show subscribers how to put together a healthy, budget-friendly meal in 10 minutes with 5 ingredients. There will be game shows such as Sketch Your Supper and Name That Grub, as well as, a trivia show called Deen There Done That. The network will offer viewers a look behind the scenes and have lifestyle programs like Savannah Stories, and others with holiday themes and home decorating tips. In addition, the network will be an interactive digital experience, enabling subscribers to access recipes, shopping lists, and meal planners.
With Gordon Elliott producing the shows, they are sure to please. He is also the producer of the "Paula Deen Live!" tour and creator of the popular ABC program, "The Chew".
My family watches lots of Netflix and Hulu so I know PDN will a popular and convenient way to access and watch one of our favorites. Sign up and take your phone or tablet to the market to check your ingredient shopping list, or lay in bed and watch PDN 24/7, or be everyone's best friend during your morning commute when you take out your phone and turn on PDN.
Clearly, with the millions of fans Paula has, this was the way to go - to offer more of what we love in a pioneering platform for our times. Subscriptions start at $7.99 a month and include a 14-day trail. Go to www.pauladeennetwork.com or www.pauladeen.com to sign up and find out more.
Paula has survived, as if there was ever any doubt, after going through some of the pitfalls of fame and fortune. The goodness in her heart will always allow her to succeed in one way or another, and I think, deep down, there really isn't anyone that could argue with that.
Paula loves Texas and Texas loves Paula.