High Tea with Bertha Honoré Palmer

Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 8:00am

Event Info


$50 in advance; $60 at the door


Highland Park Community House

1991 Sheridan Road

Highland Park, 




Culinary Historians of Chicago

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presents "High Tea with Bertha Honoré Palmer." This four-course tea, catered by High Tea by Gerri, will feature open face sandwiches, homemade raisin scones with jam and clotted cream, homemade apple-rhubarb pie, and assorted petits fours with tea poured freely all afternoon. Historian and actress Leslie Goddard in character as Bertha Honoré Palmer will entertain us.

Chicago socialite and philanthropist Bertha Palmer, wife of millionaire real estate magnate Potter Palmer, is best remembered for her outstanding Impressionist art collection, now at the Art Institute of Chicago. But the glamorous Mrs. Palmer has her own fascinating history. As shrewd as she was stylish, Bertha helped recoup her husband’s lost fortune after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and presided over Chicago’s glittering society scene for a quarter of a century. At the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, she served as hostess to the world. The intelligent, witty, and fallible Bertha Palmer still compels our attention today.

Leslie Goddard works in the interpretation department at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. Goddard authored the recently published Remembering Marshall Fields. She earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, specializing in U.S. cultural history, American studies, and women's history. She also holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in theater. An award-winning scholar, Goddard also has extensive experience in public programs, which include lectures at Chicago-area museums and historical societies, civic organizations, schools, and retirement homes.

For further information, please contact Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance at 847-432-8255. Admission is paid to Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, 280 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035, by credit card BrownPaperTickets.com (keywords "Bertha Palmer"), or 1-800-838-3006. There will be a boutique of vintage hats, jewelry, and accessories available for sale.