San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us for High Tea
Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Presents
Below Stairs: A Servants Life in Early 20th Century England
in Character as Margaret Powell
Doors open at 12:30 pm, Tea service commences at 1:00 pm
What was life really like for the servants who worked below stairs in the era of Downton Abbey? While we enjoy an 'upstairs' tea, literary dramatist Leslie Goddard will take us 'downstairs' to experience life below stairs in the stately homes of early 20th century England. Goddard will portray British domestic servant Margaret Powell whose 1968 book Below Stairs was among the inspirations for the popular television series Downtown Abbey and directly inspired the 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs.
Leslie Goddard is currently an exhibit developer at Morton Arboretum. She 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.
Our tables seat 10 guests. We will do our very best to arrange you are seated with your friends. Please advise by phone or e-mail if you have friends paying separately who will sit with you.
A boutique will feature vintage hats, jewelry and accessories.
Fee: $55. prepay and $65 day of event (if any seats remain)
Your payment will confirm your reservation.
Seating or Questions? (312) 380-1665 or GreaterMidwestFoodways@gmail.com
High Tea Menu
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
Homemade Raisin Scones with fresh lemon curd,
Strawberry preserves & Devonshire cream
Homemade Rhubarb & Apple Pie with fresh cream
An assortment of Elegant Petit Fours & Pastries
Tea poured all afternoon.
Catered by High Tea with Gerri.
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Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance
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 Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance 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 Alliance promotes and chronicles the diversity of the regions culinary character.