The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 2, and you better believe we’ll be cheering on the top horses during the ‘greatest two minutes in sports,’ surrounded by friends, family, delicious eats and tasty cocktails!
Below are some Derby Day decorating ideas and a recipe for Hot Brown Bites that puts a new and tasty spin on the classic Hot Brown. Enjoy!
No Derby Day celebration is complete without a picture-perfect bar cart. Don’t forget the roses!
Set the table with decorative dishes and servingware fit for the occasion.
Serve a classic cocktail – the Mint Julep! We love this classic recipe here.
And a slice of cake, coconut cake to be exact. We’re fans of this tasty recipe here.
On the food menu: Hot Brown Bites. Hot Browns have been a Louisville tradition since the 1920’s. Click here to read about the history of The Brown Hotel’s “Hot Brown,” and get the recipe for the original Hot Brown here.
Hot Brown Bites
1. Brush slices of baguette with olive oil and toast until light brown.
2. Top baguette slices with turkey, Mornay sauce (we jazzed ours up with a squeeze of lemon and a couple of dashes of cayenne) and diced tomato.
3. Flash briefly under broiler until sauce bubbles.
4. Finish with toppings of chopped bacon, parsley and dusting of paprika.