Event Information

Fourth Annual
Taste of Derby

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013

North Wing Lobby at the Kentucky Exposition Center

Kick off your Kentucky Derby weekend in style at the fourth annual Taste of Derby, a celebration of cuisine, racing and style where you will mingle with horseracing celebrities and experience an evening of exquisite cuisine. Nationally renowned chefs from horseracing destinations on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, will serve samples of their signature dishes paired with delectable wines!  Live entertainment will top off the extraordinary evening and partial proceeds will benefit hunger relief organizations.

  • Red Carpet Entry at 7 p.m.
  • Food & Wine Tastings until 10 p.m.
  • Premium Open Bar until 11 p.m. 
  • Cocktail Party Attire
  • Complimentary Valet Service

About Taste of Derby

Taste of Derby, an exciting addition to Kentucky Derby week, made its inaugural debut in 2010, the eve of the Kentucky Oaks 136, and attracted 1,000 guests.

The evening celebrates and showcases cuisine from horse racing destinations on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, where masterful chefs from these cities serve samples of their signature dishes, while guests also enjoy unique wines paired with the chefs’ regional offerings, and mix and mingle with Thoroughbred horse racing celebrities.   

The event features a roster of award-winning chefs and horse racing celebrities from cities including Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and of course Louisville.

Taste of Derby also raises funds to benefit hunger relief organizations through the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation. To date, a total of over $163,000 has been contributed to hunger relief locally and around the country in regions where participating chefs are located.

Churchill Downs is proud to bring you Taste of Derby and expose Louisvillians and the thousands of out-of-town guests who visit us for the Kentucky Derby each year to these great racing communities across the country and the regional flavors that make them as unique as our hometown.