Entertaining With :: Paul Qui & Deana Saukam

Ever since I met Top Chef season 9 champ Paul Qui and his fashionista publicist and fiancé Deana Saukam at a runway show earlier this year, I’ve been dying to see how these two food-industry powerhouses entertain in their off-hours. In a testament to Paul’s total lack of “media star” behavior and endearing modesty, they dove headfirst into planning a holiday get-together for us at their downtown Austin loft, inviting our team to capture the entire process from start to finish. I almost couldn’t believe that they managed to squeeze it in between near-constant travel and preparing for the opening of East Side King’s first brick-and-mortar space the following week, but they did it with aplomb, starting the day by gathering ingredients at the farmer’s market and sipping champagne as they prepped for guests. Click through the images shot by Chelsea Fullerton for all the details, and stop by later this afternoon for the incredible video that brings the entire day to life.

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entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles

Those who tuned in to Paul’s season of Top Chef know that he’s the master of turning simple ingredients into something spectacular, and those of us who are lucky enough to eat his food here in Austin can testify to the fact that his modernist cuisine is both unexpected and undeniably delicious. I’ve loved getting to know his fiancé Deana over the last couple of months, too. Her boundless energy and positivity make her one of those people who everyone loves to be around…and someone whose parties you’d never want to miss. See how they answered our Entertaining With interview Q’s…

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  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
  • entertaining with deana saukam and paul qui | camille styles
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6 Responses to “Entertaining With :: Paul Qui & Deana Saukam”

  1. ccg

    didn’t want that feature to end!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith

      Good news… we’ve got something very special to share with our readers and fans of Paul this afternoon. Be sure and check the site again today!

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    • Chelsea

      Glad you enjoyed it! It was a blast to photograph.

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  2. Samantha

    Our “signature house drink” for parties is Chatham Artillery Punch! Our recipe was found in the New York Times a couple years back and includes another kind of alcohol and a different mixer, so I will have to try this version for our next party. So glad to see that I have something in common with such chic hosts!

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  3. em_dash512

    Love Paul’s cooking! Glad to see more coverage of Austin peeps out in the blogosphere!

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