Paula Deen paid a visit to Pier Park in Panama City Beach to oversee the grand opening of her newest restaurant there.
Fans of Paula came from near and far to see her cut the ribbon for the new eatery and enjoy her famous food. But Panama City Beach holds a special place in her heart. She says she’s visited the beaches there since the ’60s and has many fond memories of the area.
Now, she’s happy to bring some opportunities to locals and to donate money from her Bag Lady foundation that will benefit women and children in the Bethel Village of Panama City Rescue Mission.
“I feel like I’m getting to touch a lot of people that I wouldn’t necessarily get to feed and meet. So it’s very exciting. And, you know a cook, is basically a people pleaser and there’s nothing better than to bring a plate of food to somebody and see their eyes roll back in their head.”