Highland Park —- On Sunday February 28th at 1 PM, Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance is presenting High Tea with Brownie Wise. 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 literary dramatist Leslie Goddard in character as Brownie Wise will entertain us.
Brownie Wise propelled Tupperware to skyrocketing success in the 1950s. In this living-history program, Wise as tells the story of her rise from a divorced mother selling cleaning supplies to Vice-President of Tupperware Home Parties. In 1951, Wise had about 200 women selling Tupperware; by 1954, her sales force topped 9,000. When Wise’s fame started to eclipse that of Tupperware, she was forced out of the company and largely disappeared. But the Tupperware parties she pioneered remain the gold standard for home party selling.
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.
Inspiration for this program was Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and theHome Party Pioneers by Bob Kealing.
High Tea with Brownie Wise will be at the Highland Park Community House, 1911 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, Illinois. For further information, please contact Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance: 312-380-1665. Admission is $55. ($65. at the door, if seating is available) paid to Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, 280 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035 or by credit card GreaterMidwestFoodwaystea2016.eventbrite.com or 1-800-838-3006. Doors open at 12:00, tea service begins at 1:00 pm. There will be an early bird boutique of jewelry, hats, purses, accessories and Tupperware!. A live auction will follow to benefit the State Fair Family Heirloom Recipe project.
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, the GMFA 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, the Greater Midwest Foodways promotes and chronicles the diversity of the region’s culinary character.