Barefoot Contessa Cozy
I had the pleasure of going to see Ina Garten aka the Barefoot Contessa last Sunday at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. The set up was a Q&A hosted by Seattle’s noted food writer, chef and restaurateur Greg Atkinson discussing everything from food trends to the locavore movement. No photography of any kind was allowed but I took a snap of the set up before anyone appeared on stage.
If you are a fan of the Barefoot Contessa and watch her show on the Food Network, then you know she has this fabulous house in the Hamptons and somewhat recently renovated her “barn” into mega kitchen where they now film the show. She assured us that previously that was her “actual kitchen” they were filming out of but to prevent divorce they needed an out of the house option so the barn was transformed. When an audience member asked her if Jeffrey was her real husband or a Hollywood actor she assured us he was the real thing and was not at all “goofy” as he often appears on the show but was just a good sport and having fun with his appearances on her show. BTW, not too goofy Jeffrey was the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade under the Clinton administration and former Dean of the Yale School of Management. Ina herself worked in the White House on the nuclear policy analyst before she gave it all up for food and fun (good choice Ina…)!
Ina was on tour promoting her new book Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. She was funny, relaxed even a little self deprecating. My husband is always wondering when she’s going to come out with her how-to-lose-weight cookbook but I have to say Ina looked better and slimmer than I was expecting. Another audience member asked her what were some of the more unusual projects she’d been asked to participate in and she said someone wanted her to design a line of clothing which surprised her. She said, after all, I wear basically the same thing every day! Any one who knows Ina knows her for her solid custom made shirts untucked over pants.
A shot of Ina’s new kitchen in the remodeled barn. Facing the counter is a large dining room table – the perfect entertainment set up and not too shabby!
One of her many winning simple recipes, Parmesan Chicken served over salad with lemon vinegrette – delicious!
Lots of great cookbooks and an entertaining show on the Food Network and of course a blog to boot. Check it out!