Ina Garten at Bridgehampton Library

This past Friday I had the pleasure of seeing Ina Garten speak at the Bridgehampton Library in their Fridays at 5 series. I had been looking forward to this for weeks and the event lived up to the hype.

Gates opened at 4:30 pm and we headed onto the back lawn to grab a seat. Before Ina came out at 5 pm, there was a lovely reception with local wine and snacks. The spread was fabulous! I had salmon on toast, some fresh veggies, a piece of brie cheese, and a small salmon quiche. I helped myself to some wine as well!

Ina came out right on time and was interviewed by her friend (and movie director) Rob Marshall. I have always been a big fan of Ina and her recipes, and my respect for her only grew after hearing her speak. Ina emphasized that truly great cooking is very simple; it just requires the best ingredients. I love her emphasis on fresh, wholesome foods and find that even her most decadent recipes can fit into a balanced diet.

Ina had no culinary training, but rather a passion for food and cooking. Her main message was to do what makes you happy every day. I can get behind that!