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Paula Deen’s Great Party Challenge! Brings Excitement To April High Point Market

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TV star, cookbook author, magazine publisher and restaurant owner Paula Deen is bringing the excitement of a culinary competition to the April High Point Market. She will host and officiate over Paula Deen’s Great Party Challenge! on Sunday, April 21, at 3pm at the High Point Theatre. The event is sponsored by the High Point Market Authority with Universal Furniture, Inc.

When planning an event, whether at home or a catered affair, the table is not fully decorated without a stunning centerpiece. Satisfying both the eyes and appetite, edible centerpieces have grown in popularity and combine both taste and style to create unique arrangements that add color and a touch of whimsy. In a combination of culinary skills and imagination, the possibilities are endless.

“We are excited about having Paula Deen officiate over this type of event at the High Point Market,” says Cheminne Taylor-Smith, vice president of marketing for the Market Authority. “Creative cooking competitions are popular all over the country, so it’s wonderful to have one here in High Point. It’s a great opportunity for local culinary students to show off their talents and be able to receive Paula’s unique brand of feedback. And it offers buyers a fun, entertaining event during Market.”

Based on the Spring Market theme of “Inspiration,” five teams of local culinary students will design and prepare edible centerpieces inspired by one of five family parties: a child’s birthday, graduation, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Students have been selected for their creativity and ability to create under pressure. Students will have a limited amount of time to assemble a centerpiece, which is 24 or more inches high.

“When I invite people into my home, I love to have a centerpiece that pulls the party together and creates a focal point,” says Deen. “I can’t wait to see what these talented students come up with. What’ll make this even more exciting is that they have under an hour to pull it off.”

At the conclusion of the challenge, 50 buyers in the audience will have the opportunity to meet Paula. Everyone who attends will receive a copy of the May issue of Cooking with Paula Deen.

“Paula brings such energy into all that she does,” says Jeff Scheffer, president and CEO of Universal Furniture International, Inc. “Along with the launch of Paula’s new River House Collection this spring, we want to showcase her love of cooking and encouraging young chefs with her knowledge and sense of showmanship.”

UNIVERSAL FURNITURE INTERNATIONAL, INC.: Universal Furniture International, Inc. is a whole home resource offering good, affordable, smart design. Highly regarded for its beautiful home furnishings at attractive prices, the company offers design excellence and exceptional manufacturing standards. Manufactured at its dedicated facilities in China, its brands include Universal, Paula Deen Home, Better Homes and Gardens by Universal Furniture, Pennsylvania House and SmartStuff™. Universal Furniture is sold through fine home furnishings retailers throughout North America and in numerous other countries. For more information, visit www.universalfurniture.com.

HIGH POINT MARKET AUTHORITY: The High Point Market Authority, www.highpointmarket.org, is the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. Featuring an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style, and price point, and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries twice each year, the High Point Market is a driving force of the home furnishings industry. #hpmkt

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