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The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance is dedicated to celebrating, exploring and preserving unique food traditions and their cultural contexts in the American Midwest. By hosting public events, developing archival resources and generating publications, Greater Midwest Foodways uncovers the distinctiveness of a region that is as varied in tastes and traditions as it is in its geography from the Great Lakes to the Great Plains. Whether indigenous foods like Wisconsin cranberries and Minnesota walleye, iconographic flavors like the wheat and corn from across the prairies, immigrant cuisines from early Europeans to 21st century newcomers, or fish boils and fine dining in small towns and big cities, Greater Midwest Foodways promotes and chronicles the diversity of the region’s culinary character.

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Afternoon Tea in the Presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Highland Park Community House


A historical portrayal by Leslie Goddard Explore the life of the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Observe her childhood as Princess Elizabeth, the abdication of her Uncle Edward, accession of her father as King George VI, WWII volunteer services, marriage to Philip Mountbatten, and accession to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II. Get to know the woman wearing the crown. How she successfully manages the demanding obligations of Queen, wife and mother with her savvy intelligence, sense of humor and dedication to country. Leslie Goddard M.A., Ph.D., is an award winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history lectures and portraying famous women in history for more than 10 years. Goddard holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, specializing in U.S. cultural history, American studies, and women’s history as well as a master’s degree in theater and in museum studies. A former museum director, she is the author of two books: Remembering Marshall Fields and Chicago’s Sweet Candy History. She currently works full time as a historical interpreter, author and public speaker. Our tables seat 10 guests. We will do our very best to arrange you are seated with your friends. Information on seating is available after purchase. An early bird boutique will feature jewelry, hats, purses and accessories. A live auction will be conducted to benefit Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s State Fair Family Heirloom project. High Tea Menu First Course Scottish Smoked Salmon Pinwheels Beef Tenderloin Triangles Roast Turkey Triangles Cucumber & Watercress Leaves Egg Salad Rounds Chicken Salad Asparagus Rounds Open-Faced French Brie & Cranberry Chutney Second Course Homemade Raisin Scones with fresh lemon curd, Strawberry preserves & Devonshire cream Third Course Homemade Rhubarb & Cranberry Pie with fresh cream Fourth Course An assortment of Elegant Petit Fours & Pastries Tea poured all afternoon. Catered by High Tea with Gerri. Reservations required:[masked] or greatermidwestfoodways at gmail.com Mail payment to: Greater Midwest Foodways, 544 Michigan Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois 60035 Or, used your credit card by phone[masked] or EventBrite.com https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=51622509315 (credit card)

Past events (40)

French Restaurants in Chicago: A 75-Year Retrospective 1924-1999

Bethany Retirement Community


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