Women Entrepreneurs Holiday Market

Buy a Gift Basket, Dine In or Carry Out to Support Women Owned Food Businesses

We are a collection of women-owned food businesses in Washington, DC that hosted Women's Food Fest in September 2020, to help boost small business' during COVID-19.  Following up on this successful debut we present, Women Entrepreneurs Holiday Market.

This marketplace features specially curated food gifts - chef dinners, gift baskets, monthly specials from many of DC’s outstanding women-owned businesses, led and coordinated by Diane Gross of Cork Wine Bar.


We now need your support by your patronage as we navigate the new "normal" and try to keep our businesses open during this pandemic. Buy a gift basket, dine in or carry out - there is something for everyone to enjoy during the holidays. Participating shops and restaurants can be found here


This collaboration is fostered by Let’s Talk, a program to connect women restaurateurs, spearheaded by Rohini Dey, Ph.D. owner of Vermilion restaurant, who runs Let's Talk across ten cities within the James Beard Foundation Women’s Leadership Programs. Rohini is a Trustee of the JBF and Chairs their Women's Leadership Program.

 Holiday Market Dinners & Gift Baskets

Celebrate this festive time of year with offerings from women in the food industry. 

Click Here for Dinners & Click Here for Gift Baskets


Click Here to order from Tock.

It's All About Community

While Ruth, Fiona and Micheline were on a call they needed to bring attention to DC women owned businesses that were suffering since COVID-19, many of them their friends and colleagues. 

Women's Food Fest was born out of the enthusiasm of all the women participating and you can support them by dining in, grabbing food to go, getting a delivery, enjoying a drink on a terrace, gelato in the park or taking a cooking class.

"I've advocated for women in the restaurant industry for years - our issues, such as access to capital for women, are exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. 
We developed Women's Food Fest to bring attention to women owners because now more than ever, we need community support to survive this crisis."

Ruth Gresser

Pizzeria Paradiso

"As a member of the DC restaurant and food community, it’s been challenging to navigate during COVID. A big part of our mission at Fishwife is sustainability, which means not only being stewards of our planet, but also active and engaged members of our community...right now the hospitality industry needs our support to survive and thrive."

"This organization highlights all the phenomenal women that work hard in the hospitality industry, which is struggling greatly. Many of us are trying to keep our doors open, we need your support by coming in, picking up or ordering. Support your neighborhood favorite or try someone new, every order helps. Together, we can make a difference."

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