Eat, Drink & Enjoy
Dine In or Carry Out to Support Women Owned Food Businesses
We are a collection of women-owned food businesses in Washington, DC hosting Women's Food Fest from September 23-30th, 2020 to help boost small business' during COVID-19. Women's Food Fest grew from a James Beard Foundation program called "Let's Talk DC" - a local forum bringing women food entrepreneurs together to support one another, take collective action, and help each other survive the present economic and health crisis.
We aren't your regular restaurant week, but instead are inviting full service and fast casual restaurants, cooking schools, bars and lounges, ice cream and gelato stores, delis and bakeshops to participate and offer specials to customers during the week.
We are highlighting women entrepreneurs who took the leap to open their own businesses and have become the heart of their communities. They now need your support by your patronage as they navigate the new "normal" and try to keep their businesses open during this pandemic. This week of action demonstrates the variety of women in food, gives a boost to women-owned small businesses with your support, and helps our community. Community giving has always been important to so many of us, especially during these hard times - the call to help is even greater. Women's Food Fest is distributing 700 meals over the duration of the week to local DC area communities in need.
Keep our communities alive, keep the heart of our communities beating, and keep the bellies of the less fortunate full.
There is something for everyone to enjoy during Women's Food Fest. Participating shops and restaurants can be found here.
We are supported by The James Beard Foundation, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and Nycci Nellis’ Foodie and The Beast.
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 Restaurant Week to bring attention to women owners because now more than ever, we need community support to survive this crisis."
"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 week 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."