Fellow New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Ruhlman Joins Ina as On-stage Host
For all you foodies out there, take heart! PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre has you in mind. “A Conversation with Ina Garten” will be landing on stage on Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Ticket Office, playhousesquare.org or 216-241-6000 for $75, $65, $45 & $10 Smart Seats.
In 1978, Ina Garten was working as a nuclear budget analyst for President Carter when she saw an advertisement in the New York Times for a specialty food store that was for sale in Westhampton, New York. The next day found her and husband Jeffrey driving up to see the store and two months later she was the owner of a 400-square-foot food store call “Barefoot Contessa”.
In eighteen years as “Barefoot Contessa” had grown into a 3,000-square-foot store in East Hampton, New York and Ina decided it was time for another life change. After selling her store to her chef and manager she began writing cookbooks. Her first try “the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” (1999) became an instant success and one of the best selling cookbooks of the year
Since then, seven more books have followed: Barefoot Contessa Parties!; Barefoot Contessa Family Style; Barefoot in Paris; Barefoot Contessa at Home; Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics; Barefoot Contessa, How Easy is That?; and her current offering, released last fall, Barefoot Contessa , Foolproof. Ina has also been a monthly columnist at House Beautiful , and, in prior years, at Martha Stewart Living, and ”O”, the Oprah magazine.
Word got around to the Food Network and in 2002 they approached Ina with the idea of creating a cooking show. Although reluctant at first, she decided to do thirteen shows. Eleven years later her Emmy award winning cooking show “Barefoot Contess” (what else would she call it?) is one of the highest rated shows on Food Network.
In 2002 Food Network approached Ina to create a cooking show based on her cookbooks and her love of entertaining. Initially she was reluctant but decided to challenge herself to do 13 shows. That was 11 years ago, and her Emmy- winning cooking show, Barefoot Contessa, is one of the highest-rated shows on Food Network.
Ina makes her home in East Hampton, New York with her husband, Jeffrey, a Finance & Business professor at the Yale University School of Management and Chairman of Garten Rothkopf, a global consulting firm.
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