Win a Pair of Tickets to See Evan Kleiman in Conversation with Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa

This Thursday Vroman’s Bookstore presents Ina Garten – the Barefoot Contessa – in conversation with Good Food’s Evan Kleiman. I have three pairs of tickets to giveaway before the end of the day.

To win a pair of tickets simply leave your favorite Ina Garten memory in the comments section below. Maybe it was the first time you watched her show. Or an experience you had cooking from one of her books. How has she touched your life? Or changed the way you cook?

Leave your answers in the comments section below. And be sure to also include your name. We will select three winners at 5pm today. The winners’ tickets will be under your name at will call. Details for the event are below…

Vroman’s Bookstore presents
An Evening with Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa
interviewed by
KCRW’s Good Food host, Evan Kleiman
Thursday, November 15, 8 pm
Doors open at 7 pm

This event will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, located at
4401 West 8th Street, Los Angeles.

Wilshire Ebell Theatre Map & Directions

  • I love Ina's approach to ingredients: be selective about what products, meat, and produce you use. It definitely changed the way I looks at cooking. – Robyn Luttrell

  • I have the Barefoot in Paris book and have (from her website) triumphantly baked the delicious flag cake on a few July Fourths. It's delicious and impressive, but the true Ina fan in our house is my 11-year-old daughter, Jane. (She was bought me the book.) She is a big fan of Ina's show on the Food Network and once told me that if she could meet anyone it would be Ina Gartner. Alas, I believe she will be studying for an Earth Science test on Thursday night, but please tell Ms. Gartner that she has a big fan in Jane LaBash. FYI, for an 11-year-old Jane is a pretty awesome cook, herself!

    Love your show on KCRW, Evan.

    Maria Speidel


  • Tonys Dooley

    I loce Ina, Jeffrey and all of their anazing friends! I love her easy approach to preparing meals simple enough so a hostess can cook something amazing and enjoy the company of her guests!

  • Jerome Man

    My wife and I would watch her show "Barefoot Contessa" and would love every single minute of it. All her recipes were easy to make and was just food that fed your soul. It was food that everyone would enjoy. We have 2 of her bookcooks and on special occasions, would whip it out and create something special for the family. Nothing brings family together better than good food thanks to her recipes.

  • Laura

    Her show had always been a favorite of mine. Her recipes are always good and while she has a life of privilege her food and personality remain approachable

  • Jennifer Kuo

    I don't have cable but I was introduced to her food when my friend made her cheddar biscuits and those were like golden crack. Worth going to the gym for. Viva la carbs.

  • With the Food Network's increasing emphasis on food as some sort of "extreme" challenge or competition to see how greasy their featured foods can be, it's really reassuring to remember the days of Barefoot Contessa. Whenever I'm in the kitchen cooking, I like to have the tv on in the background. I was always happy when a Barefoot Contessa episode would come on– it made me feel as if I was cooking alongside an old family friend.

    I always loved how Ina gently stressed the importance of using fine, quality ingredients in her cooking without coming off as overly preachy.

    On a more personal note, I admire Ina even more for her inclusion of LGBT friends on the show. It must take courage to bring that level of acceptance to a tv station that's generally seen as pretty traditional.

    Evan, I attended your talk with Michael Pollan at USC last year and thought it was fantastic. I'd love to see you interview Ina Garten this time!


  • Sharona

    I love that Ina feels like a best friend that I've never actually met. Love her recipes, especially her delicious lemon cake, which I've made numerous times for my dad – it's his favorite!

  • Laura Batstone

    One of my favorite Ina Garten moments was when she had a cameo appearance on 30 Rock. Liz Lemon's dream summer involves vacationing on the beach next to Ina Garten who (of course) invites Liz over for bruschetta and wine while Jeffrey is out of town. Sounds like the perfect summer to me! I'm glad that Ina could take a moment to acknowledge her fans in such a goofy and self-deprecating way. It shows that she doesn't take herself too seriously and it had my friends and I rolling. Thanks for the laughs, Ina!

    PS You can see the clip here

  • Sam Chan

    As a college student at UCLA, you can imagine the kind of food I have to resort to in desperate times. At times like those, I like to tune in to Food Network and hopefully catch an episode of Barefoot Contessa and pretend that the ramen I'm eating is actually a beautiful pasta whipped up by Ina Garten.

  • I have all of her books (not the new one…yet) Along with her simple recipes featuring great ingredients, what I love most is her philosophy on entertaining. She says "At the end of the day, it doesn't matter as much what you served, but that your guest felt welcome"

  • Ruby de leon

    I do not have cable but I saw her one time making those pancakes in the oven . She makes everything simple and good. I love baking .

  • Tricia

    Phone died in middle of my first post so trying again cause I so want to see Evan’s interview with Ina! What a dream. Ina’s store was life changing for me. It was one of the first places to show me how fabulous food could truly be. And then once she started her show, she provided so many life changing moments for me – raspberry cheesecake! Oven roasted chicken! Fabulous cocktails parties for close friends! So many things I have learned from Ina. Would love to see the interview in person. Thanks b

  • Karsha Chang

    I learned how to properly roast (and carve) a chicken thanks to Ina! My hungry family is eternally grateful!

  • Joellen Wooten

    Ina’s back to basics approach is what roped me in. I love the trick of complex flavors developed from simple ingredients.

    She also throws a great party!

    Joellen Wooten

  • Lupe Anaya

    I have made some of the recipes on her “back to basics: fabulous flair from simple ingredients” like she said, “tomato caprese salad can be just okay or absolutely delicious”….oh my gosh…so true! I loved how she added different varieties and sizes of tomatoes to the platter…WOW!! Now that was fabulous!! I love her “tens” lists throughout the book. Ina has made me think outside the box; that dishes don’t have to be so “BLAH!” She is too fabulous in my eyes!!

  • Jacqueline

    I have always loved the Contessa's neighborly cooking. The ultimate in local gastronomy. Each time she uses a neighbor's harvest to create a dish, or delivers a fabulous dish to a friend for a celebration, it reminds me that cooking is also about sharing.

  • Maria Speidel, Sam Chan and Mabel – congrats! You each have a pair of tickets at will call for tomorrow’s interview between Evan Kleiman and Ina Garten. Please give them your name and mention KCRW. If you have any questions you can email me at Have fun!

    • Mabel Lam

      Thank you thank you thank you! I'm so looking forward to this!


    • Sam

      THANK YOU!!!!!!

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