High Tea, 2015


Join us for High Tea


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presents


Estée Lauder


Saleswoman.  Cosmetics Queen.  Millionaire.


Leslie Goddard Estee Lauder powder blue suit gold earrings


A historical portrayal by Leslie Goddard

in character as Estée Lauder


Highland Park Community House
1991 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, Illinois

Sunday, February 8, 2015
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Doors open at 12:00 pm

Cost: $55 prepay or $65 day of event

Reservations required: 312/380-1665 or EventBrite.com

Mail payment to:

Greater Midwest Foodways, 280 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL  60035

Purchase tickets by credit card via EventBrite.com or 1-800-838-3006.


Estée Lauder, born Josephine Esther Menzer, launched a beauty business selling skin creams developed by her chemist uncle.  She targeted salons and high-end stores, eventually breaking into Saks Fifth Avenue.  Her Youth-Dew beauty oil launched Estée Lauder, Inc., and her marketing innovations helped her company become a billion-dollar-a-year business.  This first-person program introduces the woman with extraordinary sales ability and inventive marketing who turned love for beauty into a cosmetics empire. Estée Lauder was America’s wealthiest self-made woman.


Leslie Goddard 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.  Goddard authored Remembering Marshall Fields and Chicago’s Sweet Candy History.


Inspiration for this program was Estée: A Success Story by Estée Lauder (1986).

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 life 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 
Creamed Avocado & Crab Flowers
Open-Faced Ham & Asparagus Rounds 
Open-Faced Roquefort & Pear Slices


Louisa Chu Tea by Gerri Greater Midwest Foodways English Tea

Image by Louisa Chu.


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


Louisa Chu Scones High Tea by Gerri Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance English High Low Tea

Image by Louisa Chu.



Third Course

Homemade Rhubarb & Apple Pie w/fresh cream


Louisa Chu Tea by Gerri Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Apple Rhubarb Pie Cream

Image by Louisa Chu.



Fourth Course

An assortment of Elegant Petit Fours & Pastries


Louisa Chu Tea by Gerri Greater Midwest Foodways English High Low Tea Petit fours

Image by Louisa Chu.



Tea poured all afternoon.



Catered by High Tea with Gerri.