Food + history = my idea of a good time

Food + history = my idea of a good time

Two events worth noting this weekend, one for which you might even want to dress up vintage--very vintage.

Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents:

"Beating the Nazis with Truffles and Tripe:  The Early Years of Gourmet, The Magazine of Good Living"

with David Strauss

Saturday, October 22nd
Kendall College
900 North Branch Street, Chicago
(west of Halsted, north of Chicago)
$3 admission/free parking

From the flier: As journalist Lucius Beebe remarked, it had taken “a stout heart and a sound stomach” to create a magazine of good living in 1941 as the Depression ended and Americans entered World War II. The success of Gourmet, however, depended even more on sound strategizing. Among potential readers, the staff targeted those who would replace the recipes of the ladies magazines, based mainly on processed food, with a mix of traditional American cooking and classical French cuisine. This reformulation of gourmet dining was timely in view of the Franco-American collaboration against the Nazis. And, it presented a great opportunity to staff and readers alike to devise a food regime based on un-rationed, mostly American, ingredients, which was far more patriotic than the government’s own rationing program.

David Strauss taught U.S. history, with an emphasis on cultural and diplomatic themes, from 1974 to 2002 at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. In addition to his most recent book, Setting the Table for Julia Child: Gourmet Dining in America, 1934-1961, which will be available for purchase and signing, David Strauss has also published Percival Lowell: The Culture and Science of a Boston Brahmin and Menace in the West: The Rise of French Anti-Americanism in Modern Times.

This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please call (847) 432-8255, then leave your name, telephone number and how many people in your party or e-mail:


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presents:

Tea with Bertha Honoré Palmer

Sunday, October 23, 2011
At the Highland Park Community House
1991 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park

Doors Open at 12:30
Tea Service Starts at 1:00


High Tea by Gerri

Actress Leslie Goddard
As Bertha Honore Palmer

Fee: $50 prepay and $60 at the door
Reservations required: 847/432-8255

By credit card: or 800-838-3006

Bertha Honoré Palmer

Chicago socialite and philanthropist Bertha Honoré 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 Honoré Palmer still compels our attention today.

Leslie Goddard earned her PhD from Northwestern University in an interdisciplinary field of study that covered US history, women’s studies, and theater. An award winning scholar, Goddard also has extensive experience in public programs which includes lectures at Chicago area museums and historical societies, civic organizations, schools, and retirement homes.

High Tea Menu

First Course
Scottish Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Beef Tenderloin Triangles
Roast Turkey Triangles
Cucumber & Watercress Leaves
Egg Salad Rounds
Creamed Avocado & Crab Flowers
Open-Faced Ham & Asparagus Rounds
Open-Faced Roquefort & Pear Slices

Second Course
Homemade Raisin Scones w/ fresh lemon curd,
Strawberry preserves & Devonshire cream

Third Course
Homemade Rhubarb & Apple Pie w/fresh cream

Fourth Course
An assortment of Elegant Petit Fours & Pastries

Tea is poured all afternoon.

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