The hottest new Kentucky Derby party continues to heat up as 19 top international chefs announce their menu offerings and wine pairings for the third annual Taste of Derby – the Official Kentucky Derby Party of Churchill Downs. At this celebration of cuisine and racing on Thursday, May 3, the eve of the Kentucky Oaks, guests will mingle with horse racing and Hollywood celebrities and savor exquisite cuisine and delectable wines from racing destinations across the country as internationally-renowned chefs serve samples of their regional specialties.

Taste of Derby, which attracts more than 1,250 guests, has moved to the Louisville Executive Aviation Hangar at Bowman Field this year to accommodate its growing demand. Tickets are $300 and include a red carpet entry starting at 7 p.m., food and wine tastings until 10 p.m., premium open bar until 11 p.m., complimentary valet service, and live entertainment by one of country’s most popular dance bands, Burning Las Vegas.

The award-winning chefs participating in this year’s Taste of Derby and their menus are:





14 Hands Wine Pairings

Mussabeh Al Kaabi

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Dubai World Cup

Spicy Chicken Leg with Feta Cheese and a savory, tangy Arabic Sumac Cookie


Nicolas Bour

El Bizcocho

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, San Diego

Creekstone Farms Beef Tartare, Violet Mustard, Quail Egg


Cat Cora

Macy's Culinary Council

Santa Anita Park, LA

Lamb Meatball

Red Blend

Jo-Jo Doyle

Levy Restaurants

Churchill Downs, Louisville

Churchill Downs Signature Derby Bourbon Crunch and Pink Silk Ice Creams


Tiffani Faison

Sweet Cheeks Q

Suffolk Downs

Sweet Cheeks Biscuit w/ Lobster Butter


Troy Guard


Arapahoe Park, Denver

Roasted Vegetable Farro Salad, Burrata Cheese, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Yellow Beet Puree & Pistachio Crumble

White Blend






14 Hands Wine Pairings

Eli Kirshtein

Top Chef

Top Chef

Jerusalem Artichoke Veloute, Black Truffle, Parmesan & Brioche


Anthony Lamas


Kentucky Oaks, Louisville

KY Sorghum Glazed Manchester Farms Quail with Tacu Tacu, Aji Rocoto & Pea Shoots

Red Blend

Nancy Longo


Pimlico, Baltimore

Rappahannock River Oysters with Crab Preakness Style

White Blend

Brian Malarkey


Top Chef

Asian Cowboy Jalapeno & San Diego Albacore Tuna with Crispy Rice and Ponzu Dipping Sauce

White Blend

Tory McPhail

Commander's Palace

Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans

Tabasco Cured Royal Red Shrimp with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes


Ouita Michel

Holly Hill Inn

Keeneland, Lexington

Border Springs Lamb over creamy Weisenberger grits with Ky white cheddar and wilted Three Springs salad 


Carrie Nahabedian


Arlington Park, Chicago

Lacquered Berkshire Pork Belly and Shaved Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese, Shaved Radish, Pea Vines and Sugar Snap Salad


Ralph Pagano

Ten Palms

Gulfstream Park

Tacos Barbacoa,  Red Onion Escabeche,  Avocado and Crema


Michael Paley

Proof on Main

Kentucky Derby, Louisville

Maple Leaf Farms Duck Sloppy Joe

Red Blend

Kent Rathbun


Lone Star Park, Dallas

Asian Smoked Pork Steam Bun with Green Mango -Tomato slaw


Michael Reidt

Area 31

Calder Casino & Race Course/ Miami

Pork cheek & Oxtail with Rice, Beans and Smoked Mango Puree


Bart Vandaele

Stella Artois/Belga Cafe

Washington DC

Stella Artois Braised Creekstone Short Ribs


Stella Artois (Beer)


John Villa


Belmont Park/ New York, NY

Grilled Red Snapper with Shanghai Bok Choy and Kaffir Lime vinaigrette


The state of Washington’s 14 Hands Vineyards has been named the official wine of Taste of Derby and will showcase its wines at each chef station with a pairing to compliment the cuisine. In addition, 14 Hands will have a sommelier station that will showcase a special selection of exquisite new world wines.  

Additional Taste of Derby beverage partners add international flair. Stella Artois, the Official Beer Sponsor of Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, is the number one Belgian beer in the world. The brand’s nine-step pouring ritual will be featured at the event. Brand representatives from Kentucky’s own Woodford Reserve, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, will teach guests how to make a mint julep, and Scotland’s award-winning Hendrick’s Gin will be highlighting its Cucumber Collins. Longines, the Official Timekeeper of the Kentucky Derby, will showcase the three luxurious Swiss watches that will be gifted to the winning owner, trainer and jockey of the Kentucky Derby.

Creekstone Farms Premium Black Angus Beef will present the second annual “Chef Showdown” at Taste of Derby where three culinary student finalists from Sullivan University in Louisville will compete for a $5,000 scholarship by creating a potentially award-winning dish in 20 minutes. Also, the Kentucky Derby 138 solid-gold winning trophy is scheduled to make an appearance.

Through the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation, partial proceeds from Taste of Derby will go to its new official charitable recipient, Blessings in a Backpack. Blessings in a Backpack is a Louisville-born charity that is growing nationally as it fulfills its commitment to “Feeding the Future of America.”  In addition, partial proceeds of Taste of Derby go to hunger relief organizations in areas represented by the participating chefs. In just two years, a total of $121,000 has been contributed to hunger relief organizations around the world through the event.

Taste of Derby is modeled after the popular Taste of the NFL, a 20-year-old event founded by nationally known restaurateur and 2010 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Wayne Kostroski. Churchill Downs partnered with Kostroski in 2010 to create Taste of Derby to expose Louisvillians and the thousands of out-of-town guests who visit the Kentucky Derby annually to these great racing communities across the country and the regional flavors that make them as unique as the Derby City.

For additional event information or to purchase tickets, visit the event Web site at Last year’s event sold out so attendees are encouraged to act promptly. 

About Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track.  Churchill Downs will conduct the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2012. The track’s 2012 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 28-July 1. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found at

About 14 Hands

14 Hands celebrates the unbridled spirit of the wild horses that once freely roamed eastern Washington. For those who savor a taste of history and adventure, the epic story of the wild horse—as vibrant and colorful as that portrayed on the 14 Hands label—just might unleash a bold conversation at your next gathering. For more information on 14 Hands, please visit

About Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby”, is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky - the heart of thoroughbred country. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. For more information on Woodford Reserve, visit

About Creekstone Farms Premium Beef

The choice of food lovers across the world, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC is USDA certified by the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) and supplies many of the nation’s top grocers and restaurants with quality Black Angus Beef products, ranging from high-quality Prime grade fresh beef to premium value-added products. Creekstone exports its premium quality products to Europe, Latin America and Asia and is owned by Sun Capital Partners, one of America’s largest private investment companies. For more information, please contact Jim Rogers at (620) 741-3352.

About Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick’s is the most unusual Gin that has taken the world by storm since it was first introduced, thanks to its delightfully unique flavour, which combines a distinct blend of eleven botanicals, as well as the signature infusions of Cucumber and Rose petals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully unique aroma. Hand crafted in Scotland in miniscule batches by William Grant & Sons, Hendrick’s uses a marriage of spirits from a Carter-Head and Copper Pot Still, a combination that produces a divinely smooth gin that has both the required character and balance of subtle flavours. In the ten years since Hendrick’s was first introduced to America, it has gained widespread acclaim and received numerous awards, including a Double gold medal at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition; ‘Gin of the Year’ at the Food and Wine Magazine Awards; voted ‘World’s Best Gin’ by the Wall Street Journal and named “Distiller of the Year” at the 2010 Wine Enthusiast Awards. Hendrick’s Gin has an ABV of 44% and an RRP of $34.99. For further information, visit Please enjoy the unusual responsibly.

About Stella Artois

Stella Artois® is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the number one Belgian beer in the world and is present in over 80 countries. Stella Artois® is a bottom filtered, blonde pilsner. It is thirst quenching with a malty middle and crisp finish delivering a full flavor and a hint of bitterness. Stella Artois® is best enjoyed served between 3 and 5 degree Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois® Chalice according to the 9-Step Pouring Ritual to guarantee a perfect experience of this gold standard lager.  Visit for more information.

About Longines

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. It is celebrating 180 years of non-stop craftsmanship in 2012 and its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. It has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with the equestrian sports. Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, has outlets in over 130 countries.


About Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack is a results-oriented program. This unique program is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no food on the weekends. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. $80 feeds one American school child in our program for an entire 38-week school year. Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 50,000 children in 376 schools across 39 U.S. states and three countries (see all at We are Feeding the Future of America® - one school at a time. 

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