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Paula Deen inks business deal worth $75 to $100 million
today.com ^ | 2/14/2014 | Danika Fears

Posted on 02/15/2014 7:04:05 PM PST by RoosterRedux

The queen of Southern cuisine is making a comeback — and this time she's all business.

Paula Deen's newly formed company, Paula Deen Ventures, has secured between $75 million and $100 million of funding from private equity firm Najafi Cos, which is led by Book-of-the-Month Club owner Jahm Najafi. This latest enterprise will entail the restructuring of the chef's many brands, which include Paula Deen Foods, Paula Deen Restaurants, and Paula Deen Media.

“We know that the enterprise will be successful and valuable, as Paula and her team continue to bring quality products and experiences to her loyal fan base; and now we have a proven management team in place to build and lead the organization,” Najafi said in a statement.

New business deals are already on the horizon: The company is discussing possible partnerships with TV networks, retail chains and other partners, according to Paula Deen Ventures' chief executive Steven Nanula. The Food Network, which announced it would not renew Deen's contract last June, is not on that list.

This new company was formed less than a year after Deen, 67, found herself embroiled in scandal when she admitted to using the "n"-word and planning a "plantation-style Southern wedding" during a court deposition that went public last May. In the wake of those revelations, the TV chef lost at least 12 business deals, with companies like Walgreens, J.C. Penney and Smithfield Foods terminating her contracts.

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1 posted on 02/15/2014 7:04:05 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
Go Paula. The food in your restaurant is so rich it made me ill, but I like your style.

As an aside, I ate at her restaurant in Savannah on a Sunday and it was buffet only. The food was mediocre at best (but I know Southern food).

But that said, I think she's a keeper.

2 posted on 02/15/2014 7:07:14 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

Good for her. I want to see race baiters’ heads exploding....


3 posted on 02/15/2014 7:08:23 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: RoosterRedux

At the mention of her name, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackwagon are barfing up nails at the mention of her name.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 7:08:31 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

Have never watched her shows; doubt I ever will. But good for her. If every white person in this country that had EVER used the “N” word lost their job, where would the government get it’s tax money from? Tired of the old double standard; I can’t use the word, but blacks can toss it around like pizza dough. Screw all the PC crap.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 7:08:47 PM PST by rustyboots
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To: rustyboots

She’s actually a pretty good TV cook. Cute and entertaining.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 7:10:55 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux
Word was the real reason she found herself embroiled in the whole kerfuffle was that she had referred to the first caboose as a chowhound who even kept eating during the commercial breaks when she appeared on Paula's show.

That didn't fit any better with the whole 'keep fit America' bit any better than Twiggy's jeans would have fit.

7 posted on 02/15/2014 7:11:57 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: clintonh8r; RoosterRedux
Payula Deen is a retched human being. I bet her connections to Obama and Michelle Obama got her this new deal.

I love how many Freepers talk about how Democrats are racist, then when a diehard leftist is outed as a racist, they rush to defend them.

8 posted on 02/15/2014 7:12:52 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: RoosterRedux

I can go with cute. But having never seen the show, I will concede entertaining. Just a lot of PC BS about something a long time ago.
I have to wonder when KFC will be run out of business for selling friend chicken? OOPS!!! My bad; friend chicken is so racist.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 7:14:37 PM PST by rustyboots
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To: rustyboots
Tired of the old double standard

Sounds like you have your own double standards. Democrats like Paula Deen get off the hook, while conservatives lose everything. And I reject your argument that most white people are racist.

10 posted on 02/15/2014 7:15:14 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
You need to get rid of the bile overflow before it kills you.

Who cares who Paula votes for. She's an idiot in the world of politics...she's a cook and restauranteur for God's sake.

And she did tell the truth about the First Beard loving to eat fatty foods.

11 posted on 02/15/2014 7:18:19 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: clintonh8r

Bingo.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 7:18:22 PM PST by Fungi
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To: RoosterRedux

Southern white libtard.
No thanks.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 7:19:18 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: nickcarraway
White people are the least racist people on the planet.

Too bad the rest of humanity isn't.

14 posted on 02/15/2014 7:19:54 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: nickcarraway

She’s a racist?


15 posted on 02/15/2014 7:20:42 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: nickcarraway
Caraway seeds may be hazardous to your health.
16 posted on 02/15/2014 7:21:08 PM PST by Fungi
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To: RoosterRedux

So all white people are good and nonwhite people are bad?


17 posted on 02/15/2014 7:22:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

She was unjustly driven out of business by race baiters and their corporate media lackeys. Maybe this episode has taught her who she should or shouldn’t be supporting in the future.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 7:23:14 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: RoosterRedux

maybe she should get rid of the bile. She’s the one who treats people like some scum. The woman she was sued by was WHITE, not black.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 7:24:41 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: onyx
Is it the Southern white or just the libtard that is the problem.;-)

I am Southern and White and spent my career in NYC (on Wall St). I was amazed at how much hatred there was toward Southerners.

My mother started the Head Start program in my hometown and was subjected to incredible vitriol by both Blacks and Whites (though many of her kids are now part of productive society).

Hatred is a human fault (perhaps demonic is a better term for it)...it knows no racial or geographic boundaries.

20 posted on 02/15/2014 7:27:17 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: nickcarraway

You are full of crap. Many of Paula partners are Black. And they stood behind her during this bullsh!t flap.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 7:28:37 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

RE: Paula Deen Ventures, has secured between $75 million and $100 million of funding from private equity firm Najafi Cos

For the vengeful out there... the next step would be to organize a boycott of Najafi Cos... ( but how do you do that with a private equity firm?)


22 posted on 02/15/2014 7:29:50 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: clintonh8r
Her true colors were revealed. The funny thing is the woman she was mistreating was WHITE. A lot of people think it's okay, since they think she was black. It still wouldn't be alright if she was, but it's not that she's just a racist, she just hates human beings that, "are beneath her."

Maybe this episode has taught her who she should or shouldn’t be supporting in the future.

You want to bet? He whole worldview is leftist. After his trial, George Zimmerman's brother talked about how George is still supports and loves Obama.

23 posted on 02/15/2014 7:30:00 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
So all white people are good and nonwhite people are bad?

OK, pull over white boy. It's against the law to freep and drink...and you are clearly over the blood/alcohol limit!

24 posted on 02/15/2014 7:30:41 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: nickcarraway

Put down the bottle and back away with your hands up!


25 posted on 02/15/2014 7:31:54 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: rustyboots

Paula will now concentrate more on the “opossum and sweet potatoes” cuisine in order to get in Al’s and Jessie’s good graces.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 7:32:27 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: nickcarraway

So, I shouldn’t send you the Paula Deen cookware this Christmas? (You could always regift it).


27 posted on 02/15/2014 7:32:41 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: RoosterRedux
Many of Paula partners are Black. And they stood behind her during this bullsh!t flap.

Are you daft?? OF COURSE! Democrats always stand behind Democrats. And apparently you do too.

28 posted on 02/15/2014 7:34:51 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Was unaware that you know her personally


29 posted on 02/15/2014 7:35:22 PM PST by Nifster
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To: RoosterRedux

By your logic Robert Byrd and the Klan aren’t racist, because Democrats stand behind them.


30 posted on 02/15/2014 7:35:29 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: RoosterRedux

Obviously, you don’t know Southern food. Don’t equate with the slop that Paula dishes out to tourists.


31 posted on 02/15/2014 7:35:49 PM PST by MrChips (Ad sapientiam pertinet aeternarum rerum cognitio intellectualis - St. Augustine)
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To: nickcarraway

WTF are you saying. Hands up and away from the bottle!


32 posted on 02/15/2014 7:37:44 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: clintonh8r

hey send it to me. I love her stuff. don’t like her politics...and yes I do believe she is racist. She has to be...she’s a democrat.


33 posted on 02/15/2014 7:37:54 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: MrChips
Obviously, you don’t know Southern food.

Gosh, born and raised here by Southerners who trace their roots back to the 1700's...and I don't know Southern food.

Where are you from MrChips?

34 posted on 02/15/2014 7:40:19 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

Did you read any of the articles about this case? Apparently not. The woman was WHITE. An elitist Democrat mistreated a hard-working person that worked for her. You been done snookered right good, boy.


35 posted on 02/15/2014 7:41:35 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: RoosterRedux

Savannah.


36 posted on 02/15/2014 7:42:21 PM PST by MrChips (Ad sapientiam pertinet aeternarum rerum cognitio intellectualis - St. Augustine)
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To: Nifster; nickcarraway

It’s Saturday night on FR. Everyone knows Paula personally because they saw her on TV (wasn’t that her on TV last night? Or was that Downton Abbey? Dunno...too much alky.)


37 posted on 02/15/2014 7:44:05 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: MrChips
Well, then you might qualify as an authority on Southern quisine.;-)

I am down in Douglas.

38 posted on 02/15/2014 7:45:38 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: rustyboots
Have never watched her shows; doubt I ever will. But good for her. If every white person in this country that had EVER used the “N” word lost their job, where would the government get it’s tax money from? Tired of the old double standard; I can’t use the word, but blacks can toss it around like pizza dough. Screw all the PC crap.

I once had it explained to me by a liberal who PATIENTLY told me that minorities are ENTITLED to all the extras, affirmative action, and such because WE WHITE FOLKS had all the power. Having all the power wasn't just or fair so the minorities were ENTITLED to all the extras they could get.

I was speechless, unfortunately, and could only gape at her and her absurdities. Oh well.

39 posted on 02/15/2014 7:46:56 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: RoosterRedux
Boy? You called me "Boy".

My minority blood will get you for that. You called me BOY?

40 posted on 02/15/2014 7:47:14 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: nickcarraway

Gee,I remember going to Asia as a white American and life and business were very difficult for all that were in the group.In fact we were treated like outcast.


41 posted on 02/15/2014 7:48:24 PM PST by plainshame
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To: RoosterRedux
New business deals are already on the horizon: The company is discussing possible partnerships with TV networks

Yeah Baby!

Please Paula, please buy NBC/MSNBC.

42 posted on 02/15/2014 7:49:49 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: RoosterRedux; clintonh8r
Jesse Jackson supports fellow-traveling Paul Deen:

Jesse Jackson declares his support for Paula Deen

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. attacked after tweeting that Paula Deen should not be destroyed



Just so you know, you are on Jesse Jackson and the Obama spin machine's side.

43 posted on 02/15/2014 7:51:01 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: RoosterRedux
I used to watch her show.
All her food was WAY too rich. She knew that but that was the way she cooked. She was fat, but we all saw that too.
I'm sure her food WAS delicious. With all that butter and sugar, it HAD to be.

I liked her because she had a nice way about her, LOVED to cook AND loved to eat her own cooking.
You NEVER, EVER saw that skinny woman Giada Whatsherskinnyass eat her own cooking. She PROBABLY took a bite, chewed it a bit then SPIT it out. I

I am ALWAYS suspicious of skinny chefs. That is UNCLEAR on the concept!

44 posted on 02/15/2014 7:52:15 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: nickcarraway

Lighten up dude. It’s Saturday night!


45 posted on 02/15/2014 7:52:29 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: cloudmountain

Was that conversation with Paula Deen?


46 posted on 02/15/2014 7:52:47 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: cloudmountain

Heheh!


47 posted on 02/15/2014 7:53:27 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Kirkwood

She s a flaming Liberal, like Nancy Grace.


48 posted on 02/15/2014 7:53:35 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: onyx
Southern white libtard. No thanks.

What part do you take issue with? I'm Southern and white.

49 posted on 02/15/2014 7:55:45 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: RoosterRedux; clintonh8r
Look, I was raised to be a gentleman. Forcing a woman, black or white, to watch pornography is despicable to me.

And I believe Ronald Reagan believe the exact same ways as me. But Bill Clinton, yeah he would think that is great. So if you want to say I am some stuck up Reagan-type Boy Scout, that is fine with me. Criticize me, because I am not some "with it" Clinton type, fine. I accept what I am. Hope you can too.

50 posted on 02/15/2014 7:55:54 PM PST by nickcarraway
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