The race is on at Churchill Downs, and for more than the thoroughbreds and jockeys riding in this year’s 138th Kentucky Derby, here is a look at some of the traditions.
Churchill Downs’ chefs are racing to finish last minute preparations to serve the 160,000 hungry fans expected during Derby Day. Overseeing this year’s food service is Churchill Down’s Executive Chef Jo-Jo Doyle who designs the menus served throughout the track.
Menus vary depending on where you are. About 9,000 people will eat in the premium dining areas including Millionaires Row where you can bet Churchill Downs famous Barbecue Shrimp and Cheddar Grits will be serve.
Nachos and pulled pork sandwiches are Infield favorites. Other Derby culinary specialties defining race day are the Derby Pie and the quintessential Kentucky Mint Julep.
Derby Pie, a rich combination of walnuts and chocolate is a registered trademarked recipe and