Paula Deen at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show Dallas

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The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining was every Dallas food lover’s dream. The two-day event filled the Dallas Convention Center with over 150 vendors, tastings, workshops, book signings, top local chefs like Stephan PylesRichard Chamberlain and Tre Wilcox, an d Food Network heavyweights Bobby Flay and Paula Deen. 

Attendees perused the various aisles that offered everything from chocolate fudge to jalapenos. The Jelly Queens, BiosanesCaynon FoodsNectar of the Vine and more doled out their specialties alongside some of the more unique products like “dirty” seasoning from Todd’s Dirt and Potbra, designed to help you transport your pots or slow cookers.

The Smithfield Celebrity Theater hosted the weekend’s main attractions. Bobby Flay grilled his Texas-sized steaks to perfection while taking audience questions bu t it was Paula Deen who stole the show with her larger than life personality, warm nature and storytelling. She even brought her husband, Michael Groover, and her adorable 4-month-old puppy, Lulu, to help her cook and keep her company. All were given cowboy hats, even Lulu. 

This was Dallas' first year to host the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, which originated in Washington DC. 

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