Bellwether Farms Culinary Series Continues with Robert Irvine and Ina Garten

Robert Irvine and Ina Garten (Photo Credit Quentin Bacon)

Robert Irvine and Ina Garten (Photo Credit Quentin Bacon)

Sonoma is a food lover’s destination and Wells Fargo Center for the Arts celebrates the region’s love affair with good food with the ongoing Bellwether Farms Culinary series.  At each show, a popular culinary expert will serve up their particular approach to food and cooking peppered with a distinctive joie de vivre about enjoying and sharing the culinary experience.

Kicking off the new year will be Robert Irvine, who brings the high-energy intensity of his television shows “Dinner: Impossible,” “Restaurant: Impossible” and his new Food Network hit, “Restaurant Express” to heat up the stage on Friday, January 17Robert Irvine LIVE! is an opportunity to experience the dynamic Chef in person simultaneous with his ongoing televised culinary road trip across the West on his “Restaurant Express.” The stage show is a multi-media and multi-sensory theatrical experience. Multiple cameras onstage provide a close-up view of the master at his craft with music and video combining seamlessly with cooking as Chef Irvine faces new and unique challenges in this interactive show.

Spring brings A conversation with Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, celebrated specialty food store maven, bestselling cookbook author and a true bon vivant, on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. Ina Garten’s first book, “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook,” was published in 1999 and was one of the best-selling cookbooks of the year. She has since gone on to write eight phenomenally successful cookbooks, including 2012’s instant bestseller “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof” Garten has also been a columnist at “House Beautiful,” “Martha Stewart Living,” and “O,” the Oprah magazine. In 2002, Food Network approached Garten to do a cooking show based on her cookbooks and her love of entertaining. She was reluctant but decided to challenge herself to do 13 shows. Today her Emmy-winning cooking show, “Barefoot Contessa,” is one of the highest rated shows on Food Network. Onstage, Ina Garten delivers a charming insider’s view of her world and the pleasures of good food and friends. Guests will enjoy an interactive Q&A with Ina after the show.

Tickets and information for all Culinary Series shows are available through Wells Fargo Center for the Arts by calling 707-546-3600, online at wellsfargocenterarts.org, or in person at the ticket office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa (open daily, noon to 6pm).

Robert Irvine LIVE! – Friday, January 17 at 8:00 pm

Tickets: $55 and $40

A Conversation with The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten – Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00 pm

$65.00, $45.00