Penguin Random House Holiday House Presented by Zenni

Celebrate the season with book recs, food and drink demos, raffles — and your favorite authors!

December 2, 2020 in Virtual Event

As we close out a year like no other, we’re heading into the holidays (okay . . . we’re running toward them at full speed) focused on joy, renewal, great food, and unforgettable books. Are you on the same page?

We thought you might be. Join us for a special two-day virtual Holiday House event, presented by Zenni and moderated by Read it Forward Senior Editor Abbe Wright, on Wednesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 3, held from 7:30 – 9:00 PM ET on both days.

On Wednesday evening, you’ll get top holiday book recommendations from Madeline McIntosh, U.S. CEO of Penguin Random House, and Gillian Blake, editor-in-chief of Crown; play a round of Holiday Movie Trivia with R. Eric Thomas (Here For It); and close out the night with a Fireside Christmas Chat with Debbie Macomber (Jingle All The Way).

On Thursday, you’ll get cocktail, dinner, dessert, and tablescape demos from, respectively: John deBary (Drink What You Want), Maneet Chauhan (Chaat), Claire Saffitz (Dessert Person) and Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit (How to Window Box) respectively; followed by the one and only Ina Garten (Modern Comfort Food) in conversation with Susan Corcoran, Random House director of publicity.

We can’t wait to celebrate these authors, their books, and a much-needed holiday season with you all. Tickets are $20 and will include a book of your choice by one of the featured authors along with admission to both evenings of the event, a virtual gift bag, and of course, plenty of raffles. We hope to see you there, and wish you happy, happy holidays.

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Event Details

What was Included

  • A book of your choice by one of the featured authors
  • Admission to both evenings of the event 
  • A virtual gift bag
  • Plenty of raffles

Date & Time

December 2, 2020
7:30PM ET
December 3, 2020
9:00PM ET


Virtual Event

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Does my ticket include access to both events? 

Yes, your $20 ticket purchase will include access to both Wednesday night and Thursday night.

What if I only want to attend one night? 

All tickets cover both nights of events. While you could choose to only attend one night, we hope you'll join us for both!

What if I want to buy more than one book? 

Your ticket price will include your choice of one book by one of our featured authors. If you would like to purchase additional books, you can “add-on” extra copies when purchasing your event ticket, utilize the "Buy Books" section on this page or by browsing

When will I receive my book?

All books will be shipped out to your provided shipping address AFTER the event.

Do you ship outside of the United States?

Unfortunately at this time, we are only able to ship books within the United States. If you are interested in attending the event but do not live in the U.S., please email

How will my digital tickets work? How do I join the events?

Immediately after your purchase, you will receive a registration confirmation email. This email will only include Eventbrite purchase information for your records. Individual Zoom links to join each night will be emailed the week of November 30th. In order to join each night, all you will need to do is click the link in your email.

I'm not familiar with using Zoom. Where can I find help getting set up?

We recommend this great guide: Getting Started with Zoom.

Can I submit a question for the panelists before the event?

We will not be collecting questions in advance of the event; however, a Q&A box and chat window will be available during both nights where you will be able to both submit questions and talk with fellow attendees!

Who can I contact if I'm having trouble registering or joining?

You can contact us via our Eventbrite profile here or by emailing

Sounds like a fun & festive time. I can't wait to attend!

We agree, and can't wait to spend some quality time with you and our authors on Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd. See you there!

Presented by Zenni

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About the Panelists (In Alphabetical Order)

Maneet Chauhan is a James Beard Award–winning chef whose restaurants include Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tànsuŏ, The Mockingbird, and Chaatable, all in Nashville. Prior to becoming an executive chef and judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Maneet worked in some of the finest hotels in India before moving to the U.S. to study the culinary arts. She lives in Nashville with her family.

John deBary began bartending in 2008 at PDT, the world-famous and James Beard Award-winning New York speakeasy. He joined the acclaimed Momofuku restaurant group a year later, where he was the group’s bar director until 2018. John is now the CEO and founder of Proteau, a non-alcoholic botanical drinks company, as well as a co-founder and board president of Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, a nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life of hospitality employees. He lives in New York City with his husband and cat.

Ina Garten is a New York Times bestselling author and the James Beard Award-winning host of Barefoot Contessa, which has won three Emmy Awards and airs on the Food Network. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey. This is her twelfth book.

Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit are the founders of The Horticult, a gardening and lifestyle site that Better Homes and Gardens named the best gardening blog of 2015. Previously, Gordon was a writer and editor at Vogue and NBCUniversal; she also has bylines in Zagat and the New York Times. An engineer, photographer, and founder of Ryan Benoit Design, Benoit builds modern furniture and outdoor planters. They both live in California.

Debbie Macomber, the author of A Walk Along the Beach, Window on the Bay, Cottage by the Sea, Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, and the Rose Harbor Inn series, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She is as well the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Madeline McIntosh is the CEO of Penguin Random House US. She lives in New York with her husband, twin sons and labradoodle.

Claire Saffitz is the former host of Bon Appetit’s “Gourmet Makes” and is a contributor to the magazine. She studied French cuisine and pastry in Paris after graduating from Harvard. Originally from St. Louis, Claire lives in New York City.

R. Eric Thomas (he/him/his) is a senior staff writer at Elle online where he has written the daily pop culture and politics humor column “Eric Reads the News” since 2016. His writing for the theater has been seen on stages around the country; he won the Barrymore Award and the Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award and was a finalist for the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association New Play Award. Off the page, he is the long-running host of The Moth StorySlams in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. He lives in Baltimore with his extraordinary husband, the Reverend David Norse Thomas, and an out-of-control collection of succulents, candles, and tote bags. Here for It is his first book.