Paula Deen Supports the Louisiana Seafood Industry

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If you thought that the BP oil  spill throughout the Gulf of Mexico didn’t affect the food and cooking industry, you were wrong. But it’s probably not what you think. The misconceptions that Louisiana seafood is now unsafe or unavailable is actually hurting the area’s seafood industry more than the actual oil spill itself.

Luckily, world renown chef, Paula Deen, the queen of southern cooking, and John Besh, a cookbook author and a celebrated chef of New Orleans, are joining together to garner some excitement for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience which begins today, according to an article in the Associated Press.

The annual celebration showcases authentic southern cuisine and wines from all around the world. More importantly, Louisiana seafood will still be available for visitors. I’ll be stuck in Chicago sadly, far away from the rich seafood I’m sure will be flooding the event. How I wish that I could try some New Orleans shrimp right now!

For those who will be attending, Deen will most likely be the festival’s star, as she shines bright with the pride that most Food Network celebs have. Besh and Deen both want to help preserve the southern culture and that’s what spurred their decisions to participate in the event, according to the article.

According to the AP article:

“The pair will put on a cooking demonstration and tasting of ‘Shrimp and Grits’ on Saturday. Then they, and other chefs, will serve up Louisiana seafood at $300-a-plate dinner at Besh’s flagship restaruant, August, that evening, with all proceeds going to the foundation.”

Via “Paula Deen comes out to help Gulf fishermen”

I’m hoping that the festival will boost up New Orleans’ tourism, which has plummeted since Hurricane Katrina, and bring in much-needed revenue. Can’t make it to New Orleans for the festival either? Try these succulent southern seafood dishes instead!

Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Chef Robert Stehling’s Shrimp and Grits

Collard Wrapped Sockeye Salmon with Shiitake Mushrooms, Vidalia Onions, and Fried Potato Cream

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