Paula Deen: How’s She’s Moving On

Paula Deen

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updated 08/15/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 08/18/2013 AT 2:30 PM ET

Just one day after a federal judge dismissed the racial discrimination case against Paula Deen, the shamed southern chef stepped out with her Aunt Peggy Ort and a friend at one of her favorite Savannah, Ga. eateries for lunch.

While digging into fried chicken, a baked sweet potato and veggies, “she was her usual friendly self,” says Sweet Potatoes Kitchen owner Steve Magulias. “She was glad to have the racial part of the case dismissed and that part behind her.”

Since it was revealed that in a deposition made public in June that Deen, 66, used a racial slur, the TV chef – who lost her contract with Food Network among other business partners – has led a quiet life at home in Savannah.

“She’s doing okay,” a producer friend recently told PEOPLE. “She’s a fighter and she’s got a family who supports her.”

In fact her son Jamie, 46, will soon have his mom pop by for an episode of his Food Network show Home For Dinner.

“Just got word #HomeforDinner with mom is being aired in September. I’ll keep y’all posted. But, you know, watch it anyway!” Jamie posted on Twitter.


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