Just got back from the Paris Theater where Paula Deen threw her Poker Party last night. Gotta say we were big fans of the very chill event that didn’t have oodles of people fighting for food or drinks. The setup was very old school Vegas, complete with tunes from the Rat Pack playing and videos of Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr on the big screen.

The gambling, all for fun and charity of course, was a great touch. Paula said she wanted a party where people could participate and not just stand around and drink, and her choice was right on the money (well, play money).

“My God I just got back from Vegas,” Deen said with her sweet southern drawl. “I was out there working but I am so excited because I am partner’s with Harrah’s and we are opening up a restaurant and gift store in their casino in Tunica, Miss. May 26th. You know, I am a slots slut. Michael and I just love doing this sort of thing. When they told me they wanted to do a poker party I was literally all in.”

- Fred Gonzalez