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Monday April 02, 2012 - Daily Chronicle

Sarah Glidden DeMink, great-grandniece of barbed wire inventor Joseph F. Glidden,
will present tasty samples of Jessie Glidden’s Broccoli Salad at Divas Dish for Glidden
Homestead on April 21.   (Provided photo)

Divas' serve family recipes to benefit homestead

Jessie Glidden’s Broccoli Salad and Great-Grandma Winnie Van’t Hul’s Banket are just two of the offerings that will be found at the fourth annual “Divas Dish for Glidden Homestead” on April 21.

The fundraising and taste-testing event to benefit DeKalb’s Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at Northern Illinois University’s Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center. Everyone is welcome and tickets are on sale for $30 ($21 is tax-deductible); call 815-756-7904, email or visit

Building on the success of the past three years, this year’s Divas Dish will feature “celebrity” women chefs from DeKalb County and beyond dishing up tried and true family recipes. A bake sale will again be featured this year, as well as the chance to bid on certain chef’s dishes to take home. The night also will include a silent auction and raffle. The silent auction will include sports packages, gift certificates and an assortment of other items.

Among the “divas” participating is Sarah Glidden DeMink, great-grandniece of barbed wire inventor, Joseph F. Glidden. For the April 21 event, she plans to present tasty samples of Jessie Glidden’s Broccoli Salad.

“My mother, Irma, and father, Carter Glidden, lived in the house built by Joseph where he invented his barbed wire at 921 W. Lincoln Highway,” DeMink said in a news release. “We grew up there with our Aunt Jessie, who died in 2004 at the age of 92. She was the founder of the not-for-profit organization that still operates today to preserve and restore the Glidden Homestead as a museum and education center.”

ReNew DeKalb’s Lindsey Engelsman will prepare her Great-Grandmother Winnie Van’t Hul’s Banket, a Dutch almond pasty that is traditionally made at Christmas. Other dishes promised so far include a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts.

The Glidden Homestead will offer its latest collection of recipes from both the public and participating chefs for the 2012 Recipe CD. It will be sold at the event, as well as other items from the Homestead’s gift shop.

Joseph Glidden was granted a patent for “The Winner” on Nov. 24, 1874. It would become 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

The nonprofit organization works to preserve the home and barn and to expand the museum campus and its offerings.

Ticket for Divas Dish cost $30 in advance or $40 at the door. To order tickets, email or call 815-756-7904. Tickets also are available at the Daily Chronicle, DeKalb Area Women’s Center, Castle Bank branches, from DeKalb Boy Scout Troop 33 members, and from chefs and Glidden Homestead board members. .

Published in Daily Chronicle on April 2, 2012


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