Divas Dish to raise money for Glidden Homestead

By Meaghen Harms

Local women will be chefs for a day at the third annual Divas Dish.

Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center will be hosting the Divas Dish fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at the NIU Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

The event consists of homemade food made by local women and served to members of the community for taste testing.

“We are a museum and historical center dedicated to preserving and restoring the site where Joseph Glidden invented and first manufactured ‘The Winner’ barbed wire in 1874,” said Kathy Siebrasse, co-chair of Divas Dish and former Glidden Homestead president.

Appetizers, salad, bread, soup, side dishes, entrees, and desserts will all be on the menu. In addition, there will also be a silent auction, bake sale, raffle, gift shop, and cash bar. A Divas Dish cookbook CD will also be on sale.

Siebrasse is hoping to earn as much as last year’s Divas Dish for the Glidden Homestead.

“Last year’s event raised about $15,000,” she said. “We are expecting three hundred to four hundred people to attend.”

Jennifer Groce, executive director of Re:New DeKalb and Divas Dish chef, thinks that the event is a fun way to interact with the community.

“It is not like a typical fundraising event,” Groce said. “It is a great way to interact with hundreds of people in the community, and everyone is there to support a great cause.”

It is up to the individual chefs what dish each person will bring.

“We ask them to use an old family recipe where possible in order to stress the history aspect of our museum’s mission,” Siebrasse said.

The event is $40 at the door and is open to the public. Customers who say “Kathy sent me” at the door will only pay $30 admission, Siebrasse said.