Pena Peck House | Luncheons
16363
page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-16363,tribe-no-js,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-theme-ver-7.9,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.4.2,vc_responsive
 

Luncheons

Woman’s Exchange luncheons are a St. Augustine tradition.

Shopping and lunching with friends are the formula for success of the popular Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine’s two seasonal luncheon series. Begun in the late 1940s when the city’s hotels and tourist homes reopened after World War II to winter visitors, the weekly luncheons featured two seatings, one at noon and the other at 1:30. The gourmet meals, made by Woman’s Exchange members from their own recipes, were served buffet style on steam tables. The patrons then carried their plates to assigned tables covered by colorful garden umbrellas. And, after lunch, they shopped in the Woman’s Exchange Gift Shop.

Today, there are two series of twice-weekly luncheons for three weeks in the fall and three weeks in the spring. Recipes used are chosen by the head cook at each luncheon. All of our members are state-certified food handlers. Just as members before them, all of the preparations − menu planning, cooking, set up, serving and clean-up − are done by them. Many of the recipes are often shared in our Woman’s Exchange cookbook which is for sale in our gift shop. The luncheons are themed to the season. Christmas in October highlights holiday gifts. Miss Anna’s Emporium features spring and summer merchandise. The shop expands during luncheons into the Peña-Peck House dining room, visitors orientation center, and the old kitchen. To showcase the beautiful handcrafted items made by our consignors, we start searching for unusual and unique items months before the luncheons. We find that many of our guests plan their shopping, particularly for the holidays, around our annual sales. The luncheons include a full meal with dessert, coffee or tea, plus a $5 gift certificate to be used for shopping that day on a $10 minimum purchase. Guests may bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with lunch. Wine glasses are provided on request.  Please call the Woman’s Exchange at 904- 829-5064 for the date when reservations begin for each series. Please email info@penapeckhouse.com to be added to our blast list for notices of luncheons.

 

Reservations are required. We start two months before the date of the first luncheon in every series. And they sell out very quickly. We also create waiting lists. (Reservations for the Spring Luncheons open on February 1, 2018.)  Reservations for luncheon must be made by phone or in person at The Woman’s Exchange. Please call (904) 829-5064 or stop by in person at The Woman’s Exchange Gift Shop, 143 St. George St., just south of Cathedral Place. Our office opens at 10:30 AM. If you leave a message before that time, your message will not be honored.

 

Please call early, starting  at 10;30 AM, as reservations usually sell out very quickly, sometimes in an hour. Waiting lists are then created and many reservations clear but, there is no guarantee. If you leave a message, please speak clearly and leave a callback number as your phone message is not a confirmed reservation.

 

NEW POLICY: Starting with the 2018 Spring Luncheons, advance payment is required when making the reservation`. You can pay by credit card on the phone, send a check within a week of when the reservation is made or bring in cash when making the reservation in person. If the payment by check is not received within a week, the reservation will be cancelled.

 

The fee is $30 plus Florida sales tax, ($31.95 total)  per person which also includes a $5 coupon off a $10 minimum purchase on the day of the luncheon. We offer a vegetarian option but we cannot offer vegan or gluten-free.

 

Lunch is served at noon and shopping begins at 10:30 a.m. Opportunities abound in the Gift Shop, Dining Room, Visitor Orientation Center and the Old Kitchen for unique Christmas gifts.

 

Dates for the Spring 2018 Luncheon Series are:

  • Apr. 3,  Tuesday
  • Apr. 6,  Friday 
  • Apr. 10,   Tuesday
  • Apr. 13,  Friday
  • Apr. 17,  Tuesday
  • Apr. 20,   Friday

 

MENUS

 

April 3rd

Chicken Piccata

Israeli Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

Arugula Fennel Salad

Potato Roll

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Vegetarian:  Spinach Quiche

 

 

April 6th

Quiche Lorraine

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Marinated asparagus

Rolls with herb butter

Chocolate orange Torte

Vegetarian: Tomato Pie

 

April 10th

Spinach and Artichoke White Vegetable Lasagna

Panzanella Salad

Crostini

Fresh Strawberry Cake

 

 

April 13th

Poached Salmon with Herb Sauce

Cucumber Salad

Chilled Asparagus

Basil bread

Strawberry Cake

Vegetarian option: Spinach Quiche

 

 

April 17th

Pork Tenderloin with gingered chutney

Buttered new potatoes with parsley
Roasted vegetables

Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis

 

Vegetarian: Homemade Spinach lasagna

or goat cheese ravioli/ with salad and roasted vegetables

 

 

April 20th

Baked chicken

Spinach and mushroom manicotti with basil cream sauce

Orange roasted carrots

Italian chopped salad

Mini monkey garlic bread

Victoria sponge cake

 

 

Dates for the Christmas in October 2018 Luncheon Series are:

  • Oct. 23, Tuesday
  • Oct. 26, Friday
  • Oct. 30, Tuesday
  • Nov. 1, THURSDAY
  • Nov. 6, Tuesday
  • Nov. 9, Friday
  • Nov. 13, Thursday
  • Dates for the Spring Miss Anna’s Boutique 2019 Luncheon Series are:
  • March 26, Tuesday
  • March 29, Friday
  • April 2, Tuesday
  • April. 4, THURSDAY
  • April. 9, Tuesday
  • April 12, Friday
  • Dates for the Christmas in October 2019 Luncheon Series are:
  • Oct. 22, Tuesday
  • Oct. 25, Friday
  • Oct. 29, Tuesday
  • Nov. 1, Friday
  • Nov. 5, Tuesday
  • Nov. 8, Friday
  • Nov. 12, Thursday