SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Fans of all ages and from around the Bay Area poured into Angelico Hall Wednesday night, Nov. 14, to listen to the Einstein of current cuisine and best-selling cookbook author, Ina Garten.
Dominican University of California’s Institute of Leadership Studies (ILS) executive director, Dr. Denise Lucy, welcomed the crowd to a “rare and extraordinary” event. The night proved to be just that as Garten was joined in conversation by president and publisher of ForbesWoman, Moira Forbes, and president, CEO and director of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer — in all a dynamic trio of women entrepreneurs and innovators.
Audience members came prepared to express their adulation for their favorite star chef. The event was one of Dominican University’s most lively. Appreciative fans yelled, “I LOVE YOU, INA!” as Garten walked on stage.
“I love Ina. She’s quiet, still and confident,” said Robin Austin, a longtime fan of Garten. “She’s so different from other cooking hosts.”
Garten started working in the White House as a budget analyst, but left to pursue her dream of owning a food store in the East Hamptons.”My husband told me I wouldn’t be happy unless I did something interesting with my life,” said Garten. “So I ended up buying a business selling specialty foods.” The business Garten bought was named “Barefoot Contessa”.
Garten kept the audience laughing and fascinated with her stories about her life’s journey throughout the hour-and-a-half presentation.
“I thought it was so interesting that she gained her knowledge about cooking through her grandma,” said Carla Austin, a fan of Garten’s.
In conversation, Garten stated that she likes to make traditional recipes with a twist. Because of this simplicity, Garten has acquired many fans over the years.
“I’m a mom so I never have the time or patience to cook,” said Katie Kern from Ross, California, “but Ina’s recipes are tasty, yet simple to make.”
This lecture event, co-hosted by Dominican University’s ILS and Book Passage, was a success by any measure. Tickets sold out two weeks prior to the event. Fans were able to see the star in person, hear her stories and watch her in conversation with two other successful women.
After the night ended, “I was so surprised to see how down to earth she was,” stated Carla Austin. “She’s someone I want to cook with on the weekends for our friends. She’s amazing. She’s Ina.”