Save the Date: Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “An Evening Conversation with Ina Garten”

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced that beloved chef and television personality Ina Garten will return to the Center for one night only on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Segerstrom Hall. The Center is one of only eight venues nationwide that will host this exclusive event. A pre-signed copy of Ina Garten’s memoir come with the purchase of a premium seating ticket for $149, ensuring attendees can continue to savor her wisdom long after the event concludes.

Known for her warm personality and effortless elegance, Garten has captured the hearts of food enthusiasts worldwide through her bestselling cookbooks, popular television show Barefoot Contessa, and enduring passion for cooking and entertaining. In Be Ready When The Luck Happens, Garten will enlighten audiences with insights from her extraordinary life and career drawing from her forthcoming memoir.

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Beloved chef and television personality Ina Garten comes to Segerstrom Center on October 24

Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa) is the author of 13 bestselling cookbooks, a beloved Food Network personality, Instagram sensation and cultural icon, with millions of followers in the U.S. and abroad. She is the host of Be My Guest and Barefoot Contessa on Food Network and Max, for which she has won five Emmy Awards and three James Beard Awards.

In Fall 2024, Garten will publish her long-awaited memoir Be Ready When the Luck Happens (Crown/Penguin Random House, October 2024). For the first time, Garten will present an intimate, entertaining and inspiring account of her remarkable journey, sharing her personal story with readers hungry for a seat at her table.

In this intimate evening conversation (live onstage), Garten will discuss and elaborate on the themes also in her new memoir: from a difficult childhood to meeting the love of her life, Jeffrey, and marrying him while still in college, from a boring bureaucratic job in Washington, D.C. to answering an ad for a specialty food store in the Hamptons, from the owner of one Barefoot Contessa shop, to author of bestselling cookbooks and celebrated television host, Garten has blazed her own trail and, in the meantime, taught millions of people how to cook and entertain.

Her gift is to make everything look easy, yet all her accomplishments have been the result of hard work, audacious choices and exquisite attention to detail. In her unmistakable voice (no one tells a story like Ina!), she brings her past and her process to life in a high-spirited and no-holds-barred memoir that chronicles decades of personal challenges, adventures (and misadventures) and unexpected career twists, all delivered with her signature combination of playfulness and purpose.

Tickets for Be Ready When The Luck Happens: An Evening Conversation with Ina Garten! start at $39 and are available for purchase online at, in person at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa and by phone at 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts of 10 or more, call the Group Services offices at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


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