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Take tea with Mrs. Potter Palmer on the North Shore

Gerri's raisin scones with fresh lemon curd, strawberry preserves and Devonshire cream.

Gerri's raisin scones with fresh lemon curd, strawberry preserves and Devonshire cream.

Take tea with Chicago’s historic hostess with the mostest!

Bertha Honore Palmer, wife of millionaire real estate magnate Potter Palmer, presided over a glittering social scene at the end of the 19th century. Recreated by Leslie Goddard, she will preside over an elegant afternoon tea sponsored by the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Highland Park Community House.

Prepared by High Tea with Gerri, the repast will feature a variety of finger sandwiches; raisin scones with fresh lemon curd, strawberry preserves and Devonshire cream; rhubarb and apple pie with fresh cream; an assortment of petit fours and pastries; and tea poured from antique silver pots.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.