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 ‘I Just So Admire Her’: Food Network Star Ina Garten Shares How She Booked Taylor Swift Concert Tickets At 3 AM

In anticipation of her memoir’s release this October, Ina Garten is embracing her inner fangirl and eagerly planning to attend Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Paris. Find out more about her exciting plans inside.

The Swifties club welcomes a new member in the form of beloved Food Network host Ina Garten, who at 76 years young, embodies the spirit of enthusiasm and admiration. Amidst her busy schedule promoting the memoir “Be Ready When the Luck Happens,” Ina has graciously carved out time to indulge in her passion for music. She eagerly anticipates attending Taylor Swift’s celebrated Eras Tour, having secured her tickets early on.

In an exclusive interview with People ahead of her memoir launch on October 1, Ina Garten delightedly shared her excitement about being a devoted Taylor Swift fan. During the interview, she revealed a charming anecdote about her spontaneous decision to purchase tickets for Swift’s Eras Tour in Paris this coming May.

“I’m going to be in Paris in May, and I thought, ‘Wait a minute, isn’t she going to be in Paris in May?'” Ina recounted with enthusiasm. “At 3:00 in the morning, I was online, trying to secure two good tickets, and I did!” She continued, “So we’re going to go see the Eras Tour in Paris.”

Ina’s infectious enthusiasm for Taylor Swift’s music shines through as she eagerly anticipates this upcoming musical experience in the City of Lights.

Adding to her excitement, Garten revealed her plans to dress for the occasion in a dazzling “sparkly” outfit. “Now I’m trying to figure out what I can wear that’s sparkly,” she gleefully shared, emphasizing her eagerness to add a touch of glamour to the already electrifying atmosphere of the concert. With her vibrant spirit and sense of style, Ina Garten is poised to bring her sparkle to Taylor Swift’s unforgettable performance.

How and when did Ina Garten first meet Taylor Swift?

During the interview, Garten reminisced about her initial encounter with the 34-year-old pop sensation, a delightful meeting that occurred over a decade ago during a photo shoot for a feature in Food Network Magazine. “I met Taylor actually when Food Network Magazine asked rock stars 10 years ago who their favorite Food Network people were, and Taylor chose me,” she fondly recounted.

Their connection blossomed beyond the confines of a photo shoot, as Garten recounted, “So she came for a photo shoot for the day, and then we saw each other for a while afterward. She invited me to lunch, and she came back for lunch one day in East Hampton. I just so admire her.”

Their friendship continued to flourish, with Garten fondly recalling their reunion during Swift’s 1989 Tour, coinciding with the release of the singer’s acclaimed studio album of the same name. “She invited us to come to the party afterward, and we just had an incredibly wonderful time,” Garten warmly reminisced, highlighting the genuine bond shared between the two amidst the glitz and glamour of Swift’s musical journey.

Ina Garten “changed my perspective on cooking,” says Taylor Swift

Celebrating the remarkable milestone of the 20th anniversary of Garten’s beloved show, “Barefoot Contessa,” the culinary icon graced the pages of Food Network Magazine’s November 2022 issue, where some of her esteemed celebrity friends shared cherished memories with the chef. Among them was none other than Taylor Swift.

The Midnight singer lavished praise upon Garten, affectionately dubbing her a “magnificent woman.” Swift reflected on the profound impact Garten has had on her culinary journey, stating, “Watching Ina prepare a meal changed my perspective on cooking and reframed it as something relaxing.” Swift continued, expressing gratitude for Garten’s influence, “She made cooking feel like self-care. 

Ever since cooking has been my escape from stress and one of the only ways I can truly calm myself on a rough day. I’ll always be grateful to her for giving me that.” In these heartfelt words, Swift eloquently captures the transformative power of Garten’s culinary expertise and the enduring inspiration she provides to fans far beyond the kitchen.


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