'Paula Deen Live': Can 20-Show Tour Redeem the Disgraced Foodie?

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Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 11:17 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Paula Deen is trying to make a comeback nearly a year after her show was canceled with a 20-show U.S. tour, "Paula Deen Live!"

According to the Miami New Times, the show will include cooking demonstrations, games and more.

"We are going to play musical chairs and the dating game with the audience," said Deen during the announcement. "That's the excitement of it all — my fans get to be a part of the show. I'll also invite some folks in the audience to come onstage and cook with me."

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Tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 1, and the first seven dates and locations have been announced starting with June 21 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

After the flap over her use of a racial epithet decades ago came to light last year, Deen lost her show on the Food Network, and a slew of major endorsements. She and her brother also decided to shutter their restaurant in Savannah, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House earlier this year.

For a time, her multi-million dollar enterprise seemed to be at a stand-still, but she has been slowly building a comeback ever since a judge dismissed the portion of the discrimination suit that dealt with race.

According to Grub Street, Deen recently raised $100 million, $20 million of which will be used to open a new, 20,000-square-foot restaurant named "Paula Deen's Family Kitchen" in Pigeon Forge.

The tour will help rebuild her reputation as a celebrity chef, and Deen said, "This is only the beginning," of her new adventures.

"When I step out onstage, it's the most amazing feeling, y'all. I feel so alive when I walk on that stage, and I love that kind of adrenaline rush. By going on tour, I can see all my amazing fans in different cities across the United States," she said.

Paula Deen Live! will also offer a VIP experience for superfans that will include "a reception with hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, a meet and greet, photo opportunities, gift bags, and exclusive seating."

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