March is Women’s History Month.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week” (and) since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

International Women’s Day is Monday, March 8.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

In conjunction with Let’s Talk & Dine Together, a nationwide International Women’s Day event, Kentucky Duchess is partnering with Honeywood Restaurant in Lexington for a Kentucky Duchess Snack Queen Pop Up, bringing together women from Central Kentucky to cook at Honeywood on Monday, March 8 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Kentucky Duchess is a “league of ladies who own and operate within the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s food economy,” founded by women to celebrate women in the Kentucky restaurant industry.

There will be two ways to enjoy the Kentucky Duchess Snack Queen Pop Up, and both will be available for pickup/delivery, with reservations for the dine-in option going through Open Table.

Snack Queens Seven-Course Menu
Snack Queen Chefs unite, bringing you a menu of seven shareable snacks for one-night only. Pick a few or get them all. Each item available a la carte or the whole slew to share with a friend! The menu includes plates like • Savory Chevre Cheesecake, Katy Startzman (Native Bagel Company) • Apple Manchego Salad, Allison Davis (Wild Thyme Cooking School) • Scallops & 24 Hour Braised Bacon, Debbie Long with Mark Richardson (Dudley’s on Short) • Jaffna Coconut Chicken Curry, Sam Fore (Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites) • Grits and Grillades, Melissa Jackson (Doodles) • Quesabirria Tacos, Kristin Smith (Wrigley Tap Room) • Trio of Financiers, Martine Holzman (Martine’s Pastries) • and a complimentary amuse bouche from Ouita Michel and Hannah Arvin.  Renee Saunier Brewer of Wine and Market will lend her expert sommelier skills to pair wines for the entire evening.  

Also available:

The Kentucky Duchess Snack Pack
Bagels, baked goods, spices, sauces, cocktails, cider, wine & more… Libations and snacks thoughtfully sourced from the Central Kentucky Duchess community including: Lara Swan (Great Bagel & Bakery),  Renee Brewer (Wine + Market), Toa Green (Crank & Boom Ice Cream)Sam Fore (Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites), Ouita Michel (Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants), Martine Holzman (Martine’s Pastries), Greta Wright (Wise BirdCider Co). Packed in a Kentucky Duchess tote for $85, available for pickup.

Here’s a bit more about Kentucky Duchess.

Kentucky Duchess is a league of ladies who own and operate within the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s food economy. Highlighting women entrepreneurs in the food & beverage industry, the Kentucky Duchess directory was created by founders: Lori Beck (Holy Grale, gralehaus) Brooke Vaughn (Please & Thank You), Ouita Michel (Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants) & Lara Swan (Great Bagel & Bakery). The directory is just the beginning for KY Duchess! Through meaningful strategic partnerships and collaborations, KY Duchess aims to uplift and empower our community and members through education, awareness, and togetherness. You can view our directory, (please note this is a work in progress) by visiting: