Pena Peck House | Luncheons
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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 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.

The dates and menus for the 2018 Christmas in October Luncheons

October 23 TUESDAY
Roast Pork in Prosciutto with Chutney
Roasted potatoes
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis
Vegetarian option : Spinach Lasagna with salad

October 26 FRIDAY
Pesto Crusted Chicken
Wild Rice Salad
Cranberry Raspberry Salad
Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake
Vegetarian Option : Pesto Pasta Salad

October 30 TUESDAY

November 1 THURSDAY
Chicken with Wine and Mushrooms
French Rice
Green Beans with Sautéed Peppers
Pumpkin Muffin
Carolyn’s Dessert

November 6 TUESDAY
Pork Tenderloin Cutlets with Lemon Sauce
Cous Cous Salad
Asparagus Bundles wrapped in Prosciutto
Bread pudding with blueberries, walnuts and bourbon cream sauce
Vegetarian Option: Eggplant Rolatini

November 9 FRIDAY
Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Apple Chutney
Creamed Spinach
Smashed Potatoes
Pumpkin Cake

November 13 TUESDAY
Baked Chicken
Roasted Vegetable Parmesan
Italian Chopped Salad
Monkey Bread Biscuits
Apple Bread Pudding

Vegetarian Option: Cook’s choice- pasta or quiche


  • 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