In the Know: Barefoot Contessa

As much as Seattle is known for its diverse food scene and dedicated foodies, the Northwest is for the first time welcoming Ina Garten as she makes her first Seattle appearance this month at Benaroya Hall. Better known to her millions of fans as the Barefoot Contessa, Garten will team up with Seattle’s own chef, Greg Atkinson, to talk about what they know best—food!

The Northwest Associated Arts (NWAA), The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA) and The Stranger present The Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten in Conversation with Greg Atkinson. Garten’s fans love her for her simple, straightforward approach to cooking and her effortless take on entertaining. Her recipes are built around big, bold flavors but won’t have you slaving in the kitchen. Her fuss-free party ideas allow hosts to impress while actually enjoying their own get-togethers. She has authored seven popular cookbooks, and is a monthly columnist at House Beautiful.

Seattleite Greg Atkinson, a former Canlis chef, current Seattle Culinary Academy instructor, and six-time cookbook author, is known for emphasizing the importance of eating what is seasonally available and locally sourced. He was recently named one of Seattle Magazine’s 70 most influential people in Seattle’s food scene. Together with Garten, this dynamic food-duo will sit down for a free-wheeling conversation about food trends, the locavore movement, stress-free entertaining and more. Garten will take questions from the audience and sign her books in the lobby after the event.

When: Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m.

Where: Benaroya Hall (200 University Street, Seattle)

How much: Tickets are available through the Benaroya Hall Box Office, at (206) 215-4747 or online at http://www.benaroyahall.org. Third Tier seats are $24, Second Tier seats are $38, Founders Tier seats range from $52 to $125, and Orchestra Floor seats range from $24 to $125.

The Private Pre-Show Reception Package is $125, and includes a seat in rows 5 – 16 center orchestra, and admittance to a private reception with Ms. Garten prior to her talk. The reception begins at 12:30 p.m. and includes mimosas and light hors d’oeuvres ($50 of this price is a tax-deductible contribution to the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance).