By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Aug 23, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Best-selling cookbook author and Emmy Award-winning Food Network star Ina Garten will be back in Milwaukee for a show at the Riverside Theater on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

During her performance, Garten will offer a charming insider view of her hit television show, "Barefoot Contessa," which is currently in its 11th season. A local moderator will guide the conversation as Garten shares insights into her love and passion for food, as well as tips for successful entertaining. The performance will also include an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

Garten, whose career has included fashion design and analysis of nuclear energy policy at the White House, launched her career in food when she saw an advertisement for a small food store for sale in the Hamptons. Under her ownership, The Barefoot Contessa, a 400-square foot specialty food store, steadily grew over the span of 20 years to become a 3,000-square foot food emporium.

After selling her business in 1996, Garten published her first cookbook, "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook," a bestseller that launched her into the spotlight. Since then, she has authored nine additional cookbooks, including her forthcoming "Cooking for Jeffrey," which will be released in October 2016.

Tickets for Ina Garten: Barefoot Contessa, priced $49.50-$75.50, will be available online beginning Aug. 26 at noon.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.