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Meet the Neelys
Tuesday, January 08, 2008 | posted by Mike

Actually, if you've been hanging around TVFF for a while, you already have!

Yes, we did a little write-up about the Neely family back in May when they were featured on Paula Deen's show. Well, now they have their own program and the premier is rapidly approaching, as you can see from the release below.

Food Network devotes a LOT of time to barbecue, usually during travel shows and the like. So it looks like we can add the Neelys to Paula for the go-to source of all of your Southern food needs.
Pat and Gina Neely own and operate some of the most devilishly delicious BBQ restaurants in Tennessee. Beginning this February, the dynamic couple will share the secrets behind their tastiest dishes on their new series, Down Home with the Neelys. Premiering Saturday, February 2nd at 11am ET/PT, the half-hour show joins Food Network’s daytime line-up and peeks into the lives (and kitchen) of the south’s most fun-loving cooking couple!

“Pat and Gina Neely bring an energetic joy to cooking and a high-spirited playfulness to their relationship. Their kitchen is one of the most fun that I've ever been in," said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production for Food Network. “Our viewers will also love that their delicious down home recipes are super-easy to recreate at home”

By day, Pat and Gina Neely create and serve delicious barbeque fare to customers across several locations. But when they are relaxing at home in Memphis, they love to create tasty dishes that their whole family can enjoy. On Down Home with the Neelys, Pat and Gina share their secrets with Food Network viewers, from their most requested restaurant dishes to their tastiest family-friendly recipes. Whether making barbeque spaghetti, lip-smacking ribs or a decadent Strawberry Shortcut Cake, the Neelys will provide delicious and easy recipes that the entire family will enjoy!

As co-owners of Neely’s Bar-B-Que, Patrick and Gina Neely have turned their family restaurant into one of the most successful barbeque restaurants in the south, appearing on national television with Al Roker, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, the Today show and Good Morning America. Pat and his brothers launched the first restaurant in 1988, and now the family has two locations in Memphis, one in Nashville and several concessions in the Memphis FedEx Forum. High school sweethearts in the 1980s, Gina and Pat reunited at their 10-year high school reunion, were married in 1994 and have two daughters.



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