High Tea, 2016


Join us for High Tea


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presents

Brownie Wise
The Original Tupperware Lady



Brownie Wise Tupperware blue dress hat pearls burping bowls Leslie Goddard


A historical portrayal by Leslie Goddard

in character as Brownie Wise


Highland Park Community House

1991 Sheridan Road

Highland Park, Illinois

Sunday, February 28, 2016

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.




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 the Home Party Pioneers by Bob Kealing.


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 …and Tupperware!



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

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  with 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.