The Houston Chronical reports that Paula Deen made her first public appearance on September 14, 2013. Paula stayed out of the spotlight since June when she admitted to using a racial slur and her food empire came crashing down around her. She arrived in Huston Texas for a scheduled appearance to attend the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. Most of Paula Deen's contracts dropped her following her admittance to using the N-word, but the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show did not. Around 1,500 anxious fans waited to greet her with applause, cheers, and a standing ovation.
Overcome with emotion, Paula Deen broke down as tears of joy rolled down her face. She told the crowd, "These are tears of joy, y'all," Deen reportedly told the audience. "I've said all along that the one place I'd want to make my first step back out is Texas. Y'all's hearts are as big as your state."
Paula demonstrated how to make chicken pot pie, peanut butter pie, and salad. Joining Paula were her two sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen.
Fans said that the $95 to $400 ticket fee, which was the low end of ticket prices, was worth the price. Also in attendance were some African American people. Sherry Carter and her daughters Shana Randle and Michelle Sanders said that they still liked Paula. Sherry told the Houston Chronicle "When I first heard about it, my feeling was, she got caught. Just about, everyone I know has used the word. At least she was honest about it."
This is Paula’s third year at the Houston Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show.