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Chefs preparing for Homestead’s Divas Dish

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 11:11 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 11, 2013 11:11 a.m. CDT

Plan now to sample the offerings at the fifth annual Divas Dish for Glidden Homestead on April 20.

The fundraising tasting event to benefit DeKalb’s Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center in DeKalb. Everyone is welcome and tickets are on sale now at $30 each or two for $50. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 815-756-7904, by email at gliddenhomestead@juno.com or from homestead board members.

Building on the success of the past four years, this year’s Divas Dish will feature nearly 40 women from DeKalb County and beyond dishing up tried-and-true family recipes. New features this year include a bake sale and silent auction of special dishes. The night also will include a silent auction, raffle and gift shop.

Many of the chefs who participated in the past are returning with new recipes for 2013. Among the “divas” participating are Sarah Glidden DeMink, great-great-niece of barbed wire inventor Joseph F. Glidden; Megan Acardo; Debbie Armstrong and Stacie Haugk; Linda Anderson; Louise Beukelman; Cadette Girl Scout Troop 543; Fran Clucas and Mary Lou Erickson; Lindsey Engelsman; Gwen Fox; Katherine Gannon; Jennifer Groce; Marge Hash; Jayne Higgins; Susan Johnson; Lynne Morel; Fran Osenberg; Amy Polzin; Mary Pritchard; Becky Sisler and team from Kishwaukee Community Hospital; Natalia Vinokur and Tracie Wells.

Joseph Glidden was granted a patent for “The Winner” on Nov. 24, 1874. It became the most widely used barbed wire in frontier America. His wire was invented in the barn next to his red brick home. Both still stand on West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, between Copy Service and Burger King.

The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center is working to preserve the home and barn and to expand and enhance the museum campus.

Anyone interested in being a chef should email gliddenhomestead@juno.com by March 20.

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