Jun 29, 2009

Fancy Food Show Part I – Meeting with Barefoot Contessa

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) fan. In fact, my two kids, who are only 4 and 3 years old, may possibly be her biggest fans. Instead of watching Dora, they opt to watch the Barefoot Contessa. They insist that we record it, and we cook or bake something every week using her cookbooks or her shows as inspiration. My older son even had a chef’s birthday party inspired by Ina, which I will post about this week! Given our love for Ina, it was a huge honor to have met her at the Fancy Food Show in NYC today. She was just as lovely in person as she seems on screen!

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  • Ashley Brooke

    How lucky you are! I love her too 🙂

    I can't wait to see more of your posts, you are absolutely wonderful at what you do!

    Have a nice day!


  • oneshotbeyond

    that's awesome for you! 🙂

  • Alicia

    My goddaughter Hailey is an Ina fan too. Now almost 8 she's been watching since I first introduced her at age 2. In fact she attended aftrenoon kindergarten & everyday before we left, she'd have her lunch watching Ina on the Food Network.
    When she was 4 we were at Borders & a woman saw her looking at an Ina display & said to Hailey…"do you like the pretty pictures??"
    Hailey responded "Oh that's Ina Garten she's the Barefoot Contessa. You should try her recipes."
    The owman almost fainted. It was hilarious.
    We both would have loved to been there.

  • Pen and Ink

    How fun! I would love to meet Ina. My two-year-old daughter adores her as well, and insists on watching her each evening before bed. It has become such a fun bonding time for us!

    – Lisa

  • Teresa

    oh, we love ina too! my husband and 3 boys love her since they benefit from my obsession with all things ina. in fact i have the cream cheese out to make her carrot cake cupcakes today for a friend's birthday. that must have so exciting to meet her!

  • Diana Evans

    oh how wonderful!!!! I am a huge fan also…I just stumbled on your site and am blown away by your creativity!!! how sweet!!!

  • erika at delphine

    Amy, you are so lucky! I've always wanted to meet Ina. I am inspired by her because she always seems to be happy and smiling: her love of her work really shows in whatever she's doing. Love that! Also I think it's awesome that your son had a bday party inspired by her. Hope you'll share photos.

  • Marcie

    Love Love love Ina! How awesome! 🙂

  • lilybox

    I'm also a big fan of Barefoot Contessa; we get her shows in the UK and I never miss them!

  • Papery and Cakery

    Amy I'm so jealous! She's absolutely my hero and I could watch her show all day long without being bored.



  • Joanna Goddard

    how cool! she seems awesome. and so cute about your boys!