No really. She is. The post title sounds like it’s a crazy big deal…like Santa’s coming to town. Ina is bigger than Santa. She is coming to town. It is a Crazy BIG deal. Listen, if Santa needed to throw party you know Mrs. Claus would be all over her Ina cookbooks looking for easy, crowd pleasing recipes for her North Pole entertaining. Mrs. Claus probably packs Santa’s Christmas Eve road trip, bento box with Ina’s Roasted Shrimp Orzo Salad and a slice of Betty’s chocolate cake.
Listen up local foodies, Ina will be visiting the local Berks County area on November 13th AND it gets better… I have 2 tickets to giveaway! (I may have other tricks up my sleeve. Be sure to “never miss a recipe or event” and “sign up for my blog posts”… on my home page, top left column)
I grew up on Ina, early in my adulthood. She gave this first generation Greek girl the reassurance that mastering uncomplicated recipes can be the highlight of a quiet dinner or celebration meal. We embraced local foods before it became a trend. I remember her 1st cookbook and can still see it on the table in the small midwest gift shop. I was a college student and didn’t have the cash to buy it but dreamed of owning it one day. Oddly, it’s the one cookbook of hers I still don’t own.
My Aunt Margie could throw dinner parties to make her proud and lit a fire in me as a young girl. Little did I know Ina was also an inspiration to my Aunt. My Aunt-in-Law, Lonna, is a member of a Contessa Cookbook Club, which I think is so cute. (we already bought our tickets…we’re going together) So, like many, there is lots of Ina in my life.
Much more than the kitchen-spiration is her story as a woman redefining her career. It was about 8 years ago, with the support of my most darling Dan, that I made the leap into Phoebe’s Pure Food.
This is my favorite Ina cookbook for two reasons. First, it was a gift from my Aunt Margie. Second, for the basic but lovely recipes hand marked with successes or adaptions. I saved the card my Aunt sent with the book.
WE HAVE A WINNER : Glenna Seelig!! Yeah for you. Please email me and let me know how you would like your tickets sent.
DON’T be discouraged if you didn’t win (this time) just stay tuned I’ve got other Ina tricks up my sleeves! This was a fun dialogue and I loved hearing your thoughts about Barefoot Contessa. Thank you for taking the time to visit and chit chat!
Here are the details on the event
Date: Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
Time: 07:30 pm
Tickets: $59.75 & $49.75
(Additional Fees may Apply)
Ina Garten’s first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, was published in 1999 and was one of the best selling cookbooks of the year. She has since gone on to write several phenomenally successful cookbooks, including Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot Contessa at Home, and Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics. Her current book, Barefoot Contessa, How Easy is That?, was published in the fall of 2010 and became an instant bestseller.
Garten has been a monthly columnist at House Beautiful and in prior years at Martha Stewart Living, and O, the Oprah magazine. Her latest book is Foolproof (Fall 2012).
Tickets are available at the VF Outlet Box Office at the Sovereign Center, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com