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Past Events 2018

The Castle House

All Decked Out

November 25, 2018 | 2-4 pm

Wheaton, IL 

The Castle House

All Decked Out

November 25, 2018

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Many years ago when Kathryn Krieb was a little girl she visited France, her father’s native country, and fell in love with the splendid country homes scattered throughout the countryside. There was one home in particular that Kathryn loved and kept it in the back of her mind. When Joe, owner of the furniture store in Wheaton, and Kathryn Krieb were able to build their own home, Joe promised that Kathryn could build that childhood memory. Thus, the "Castle House" which it is still referred to as today, started construction in 1929. Celebrate a Dickens’ Christmas at Wheaton’s Castle on the Corner. Tour this distinctive home, built in 1929 by Joe Krieb, for his wife and learn about its history and renovations. After the tour, noted culinary historians will discuss one of literature’s great food tales, “A Christmas Carol” (1843) and how it influences today’s Christmas culinary traditions.

We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1818!

October 11, 2018 | 6-9pm

DuPage County Historical Museum,

Wheaton, IL 


Who were the people who founded our State of Illinois 200 years ago? What did they dream about? What did they eat? How did they dress? And, most importantly how did they celebrate becoming the 21st state in the United States of America?


Enjoy an evening of partying like it’s 1818 with Ellie of Ellie Presents to celebrate Illinois becoming the 21ststate! Sample the food, have your silhouette made, dance the dances, and hear the music that may have played as Illinois celebrated its birthday 200 years ago.


This is an interactive program. Audience members should expect to participate and mingle with other guests as they would at any party. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

We're Gonna Party Like It's 1818!

October 11, 2018

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All Things French

August 5, 2018 

Suzette's Creperie

Wheaton, Illinois

A Sunday afternoon at award winning Suzette’s Creperie with chef/owner Donna Hesik,. We learned how Suzette's grew from a crepe cart, to a destination in Historic Downtown Wheaton. After a hands on crepe making demonstration, we enjoyed a dejeuner (lunch) that included a classic French composed salad, followed by our own handmade dessert crepes, 

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All Things French

Suzette's Crêperie

August 5, 2018

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A Taste of India

Dr. Colleen Sen
June 13, 2018 

Indian Harvest Restaurant

Naperville, Illinois


Dal (lentils) with green mangoes

Bajra rotis (millet bread)

Rara gosht (mutton curry with ground lamb)

Vegetable jalfrezi (mixed vegetables)

Fish in coconut milk.

Cumin Rice

Dessert: Gulab Jamun

Culinary Historian and author, Dr. Colleen Taylor Sen explored the migration of South Asian foods from across the United States and explained how this immigration brought a mix of new foods to the Northern Illinois dinner plate beginning with local shop eateries to fine dining establishments.  Indian Harvest restaurant owner-Partner Sanjeev Pandey prepared a special menu for CHNI.

"How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else"

Cynthia Clampit

March 22, 2018, 7-9pm

DuPageCounty Historical Museum

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