Ina Garten, The One and Only Barefoot Contessa, Is Coming to Mesa Arts Center

Attention, Phoenix food lovers: Ina Garten, host of the 11-season Barefoot Contessa show on the Food Network, will be at Mesa Arts Center this November. And, no, Jeffrey probably won’t be there, which is, you know, to be expected.

Lack of Jeffrey aside, the show should be an exciting one for Barefoot fans. Garten is releasing a new book, Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, on October 25, then hitting the road to discuss the book and her life cooking for friends and her husband in East Hampton, New York.

According to a press release, this is Garten’s "most personal cookbook yet." The book is "filled with the recipes Jeffrey and [her] friends request most often as well as charming stories from Ina and Jeffrey’s many years together. From satisfying lunches to elegant dinners, Ina will discuss the recipes she has tested over and over again, so you too can serve them with confidence to the people you love."

During the show, Garten will be interviewed by a moderator and will also discuss the filming of her show and what it’s like to author bestselling cookbooks. Aside from her talk, a Q&A with the audience will follow, and, of course, autographed copies of Cooking for Jeffrey will be available – though it’s highly encouraged you preorder a copy.

Tickets go on sale for the Mesa Arts Center show on Sunday, June 12, at noon and can be purchased by calling 480-644-6500 or at the Mesa Arts Center’s box office. Seats start at $41 before service charges. Showtime for Tuesday, November 15 is 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Barefoot Contessa website.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.