Paula Deen's Southern Party

Paula Deen throws a Southern-themed dinner party with her favorite chefs at Hill Country in New York City.

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Down Home Dinner Party

After mingling for more than an hour, Paula and her husband Michael dug into chef Art Smith's fried chicken.

Tabletop Decor

The party menus were printed on butcher paper and presented in mason jars.

Quite a Crowd

More than 300 guests sat family-style at long, wooden farmhouse tables.

Meatloaf Sliders

Cookbook author and West Virginia native Katie Lee reinvented her grandmother’s meatloaf recipe for the party, making little patties and serving them as sliders. Sliders are a great way to use up leftover meatloaf, Katie says, -- just cut it into patties: “Meatloaf always tastes better the next day.”

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Chicago chef and Florida native Art Smith says buttermilk is the key to moist fried chicken and crispy skin. "In the South," he said, "fried chicken is all about the skin."

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Shrimp and Deviled-Egg Salad Rolls

The Lee brothers, who grew up in Charleston, SC, like to give classic Southern dishes a new spin. For the party, Matt and Ted turned a heavy shrimp and deviled-egg casserole into shrimp and deviled-egg salad rolls. "It's a Low Country take on a lobster roll," Matt said.

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Barbecue Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Chris Lilly, pit master at Alabama's Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, made a crowd-pleasing app -- succulent shrimp wrapped in bacon, and doused with barbecue sauce.

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Collins Preserve

Chef Elizabeth Karmel’s team created a cocktail that’s a twist on a Tom Collins. “The sweet apricot is a great match for the smoky meats,” she said. “But the real surprise is that it’s the ginger—not the lemon—that makes this drink so refreshing.”

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