Especially enthusiastic Paula Deen fans (and by that we mean crazy-in-love, ardent devotees) will want to nab VIP tickets, which include prime seating to one of Paulas presentations, a private meet and greet with the fab lady herself, photo ops, autographed copies of her most recent cook-book, a chefs coat and all-day access to the VIP Chill Lounge.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Reliant Center, One Reliant Park. For information, call 703-321-4890 or visit www.metrocooking.com. $12 to $425.
Sept. 17-18, 2011