At The Peña-Peck House … Gatherings Happen Here!

Our Luncheon Series has started again; Next Luncheon Dates are November 9, 2023 and November 14, 2023.

Bring your friends and join us in the Spring and Fall for our popular twice-weekly luncheon series. Gourmet meals are prepared and served by members of The Woman’s Exchange under a large tented area in the garden. After enjoying a leisurely lunch, browse our expanded shopping areas. Among the exclusive products is “The Woman’s Exchange Entertains,” Volume Four of its members’ and friends’ special recipes, many highlighting local flavors and traditions.
Our luncheon series began in the late 1940’s, after World War II, when the city’s hotels and tourist homes reopened to winter visitors. The gourmet meals, made by Woman’s Exchange members and from their personal recipes, were served buffet style on steam tables. Patrons then carried their plates to assigned tables covered by colorful garden umbrellas. After lunch, they shopped in the Woman’s Exchange Gift Shop.

All of our members are state-certified food handlers. Just as the members before them, they take care of the preparations-menu planning, cooking, set up, serving and clean-up. Many of the delicious recipes are shared in our Woman’s Exchange cookbook, which is for sale in our gift shop.

Please sign up for notifications to find out dates, menus and details of when our next Luncheon Series will commence.

Spring 2020 Luncheon Series Dates

March 17, Tuesday
March 20, Friday
March 24, Tuesday
March 27, Friday
March 31, Tuesday

Luncheon Details & Schedule

  • Reservations are required and may be made by phone or in person.
  • Reservations open August 1 and February 1
  • Reservations sell out quickly sometimes within the first hour.
  • Payment is due when the reservation is made, by credit card, or check.
  • If payment is not made the reservation will be cancelled.
  • Tickets are $31.95, which includes Florida Sales Tax and a $5 coupon to use in our expanded gift shop, featuring hand-crafted products and unique items selected at gift mart.
  • 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 gifts.
  • Guests may bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with lunch. Wine glasses are provided on request.
Please input your email to be notified when reservations open for the Fall Luncheon Series

Proceeds from the events held at The Peña-Peck house are used to maintain and preserve the historic museum and fund educational scholarships awarded to women (in need) and over the age of 30 with a desire to return to the workforce.

Over the last 20 years we have donated over $150k in scholarship money. In 2021, the Woman’s Exchange proudly awarded 20 educational scholarships and continued to maintain the Peña-Peck House. Our members conducted over 100 tours of the house/museum educating the public about the history and beauty of the house built for the Royal Spanish Treasurer, Juan Estevan de Peña. Our members hosted two delightful dinner events in the Peña-Peck garden (within CDC guidelines) showcasing the culinary talents of local chefs as well as the genius of regional musicians. We have partnered with over 30 local artisans to share their talents and wares in our treasure-filled Woman’s Exchange (WEx) gift shop. In all, our very active members (163 strong) clocked in a total of well over 6000 volunteer hours to manage and maintain our obligations to the Peña-Peck House and to fund scholarships.

March 17

  • *Chicken Piccata
  • Israeli Couscous with Roasted Vegetables
  • Arugula with Fennel, Olives, and Parmesan Roll
  • Dessert: Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream or Key Lime Pie

March 20

  • *Boursin Breast of Chicken in Filo
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Green Beans with Marinated Sweet Red Peppers
  • Dessert: Charlotte Russe with Raspberry Coulis

March 24

  • *Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (Spinach, Gruyeres, Panko)
  • Orzo Salad Corn Casserole
  • Dessert: Peanut Butter Brownie

March 27

  • *Poached Salmon with Herb Sauce
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Basil Bread
  • Dessert: Strawberry Cake

March 31

  • *Porchetta (Stuffed Pork Tenderloin)
  • Parmesan Herbed Basted Fingerlings
  • Green Bean Salad with Roasted Red Peppers
  • Hawaiian Rolls
  • Dessert: Mascarpone Mousse with Drunken Berries
* Vegetarian substitute available upon request
Fall Luncheon Series

Call the Woman’s Exchange at (904) 829-5064 to learn when reservations begin for each series. And email [email protected] to be added to our blast list for notices of luncheons.

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