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November 2013

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Barefoot Contessa Entertains Speaker Series Audience with Tales from the Kitchen

Ina Garten

Ina Garten
Title sponsors Donald and Nancy Devorris greet Ina Garten.

Ina Garten
Tony Benoni presents his homemade chocolate cake to Ina Garten.

Sharing insights into her personal preferences and experiences, from ingredients to menus and kitchen design to market shopping, Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, treated a rapt capacity crowd of more than seven hundred to an evening of culinary conversation during Penn State Altoona’s fall Speaker Series event.

For nearly ninety minutes, the bestselling cookbook author and Food Network television host provided details of her professional journey from nuclear budget analyst for President Carter’s administration to specialty food store maven and eventual Emmy Award winner. In a wide-ranging conversation on stage with N. Susan Woodring, director of Development and Alumni Relations at Penn State Altoona, Garten touched upon a variety of topics related to cooking and entertaining in the home. The event in early November at the Blair County Convention Center concluded with a lively question-and-answer session with the audience.

Proceeds from the Speaker Series events benefit the Penn State Altoona Future Fund, which provides funding for programs that enrich academic and cultural life on campus and in the community. This fund also enables the administration to offer emergency scholarship assistance to students experiencing a financial crisis. Donald and Nancy Devorris were the title sponsors for the event.