Monday, January 24, 2011

Paula Deen's Kitchen officially open at Harrah's Cherokee Hotel and Casino

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Paula Deen visited Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel this past weekend for the ribbon cutting of her new restaurant at the hotel, Paula Deen's Kitchen.

As a Paula fan, I trekked myself there (it's 3 hours from Charlotte) and spent a fabulous weekend checking out the new hotel additions, eating at the restaurant, enjoying her cooking demonstration and show, and meeting her family and crew.

Unfortunately, I lost my camera at the hotel, so I lost all my photos from said events. I was so excited to share them with you guys. It's very tragic.

Here's one photo I took from with my camera phone:

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A brief run down sans photos ...

Post ribbon-cutting ceremony, Paula Deen hosted a luncheon at her new restaurant Paula Deen's Kitchen, which offers buffet options as well as the option to order off the menu. For the luncheon, we were offered a three-course meal from a set menu. The bread basket included corn muffins, cheese biscuits, and soft buttery rolls. Thumbs up.

Beware of the wedge salad. It comes topped with about a cup of blue cheese dressing.

The chicken pot pie entree came with a lattice of puff pastry over a big bowl of creamy, delicious chicken pot pie filling. The filling included big chunks of both dark and white chicken meat, and lots of pea and carrots. Another entree I tried, the cheesy meatloaf, was a bit dry for my liking. It came with collard greens and mashed potatoes on the side.

And of course, Paula gets dessert right. The Bag Lady's Doughnut holes served with vanilla pudding were ridiculous. Soft and tender, each warm doughnut hole is drizzled in honey, and then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The strawberry shortcake served was full of chilled whipped cream and sweet strawberries, but the biscuit itself was cold and dense. This one was a bit disappointing.

For breakfast, we got to try her breakfast buffet, which resulted in me eating a breakfast the size of a cow. Omelets made to order, thick sausage links, hash brown casserole, scrambled eggs, fruit, danishes, bacon, and biscuits and gravy are all available at the buffet. I ate it all. Once again, so bummed I don't have pics to show you.

Coming soon to Harrah's this fall is Johnny Rocket's, Brio Tuscan Grill, and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

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